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February 23

Maria Hill, who was born in Chicago, joins the United States armed forces and later becomes an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. She first appeared in New Avengers #4 (February 23, 2005). Hill suspects the latest incarnation of the Avengers are harboring an illicit agenda in connection with the “House of M” affair. She earns Iron Man’s respect when she ignores the President’s orders to nuke an island while the Avengers are on it. Later, Captain America refuses to assist Commander Hill in preparations to arrest any superheroes who refuses to comply with the Superhuman Registration Act. Hill, arguing that Captain America must obey the will of the American people, attempts to arrest him. Captain America fights his way out of the Helicarrier and escapes. After the Act passes into law, Hill is one of its leading enforcers. After foiling an attack on Stark Tower, Hill admits to Tony Stark that she does not want her job as director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and thinks she should not have been offered it in the first place. She suggests that the only other person besides Nick Fury who should lead the organization is Stark himself. At the conclusion of the Civil War, the President of the United States appoints Tony Stark the new director of S.H.I.E.L.D., with a displeased Maria Hill his acting deputy director.