Monday, April 9, 2012

In Defense of AEMH's Maria Hill

She may be being irate and ....ahem... (w)itchy, but she is also coming off as sincere and honestly concerned.

SHIELD, like any other government agency, is probably caught between a rock - the expectations of the politicians and the public - and a hard place - budget cuts, no more access to Stark technology for weapons, and a rising tide of both powered and non-powered threats. A.I.M. and Hydra have better tech, because they can steal from everyone (SHIELD included - after all, the Black Widow never did find the traitor(s) that Fury set her upon). The bad guys get better, and hire other super-powered bad guys because the other super-powered bad guys value money over ideology, for the most part, whereas SHIELD can't counter with their own super-powered operatives and only have their own resources for tech development. I can only imagine how hard it is to run an organization like SHIELD, be constrained by the law and limited resources, while watching Hydra use your cutting edge tech, knowing that A.I.M. is out there building and stealing what they can't build, and having the geniuses on your side - T'Challa and Wakanda, Hank Pym, Tony Stark - constantly telling you they won't help you.

Meanwhile, you know in your gut that even the vigilantes who are ostensibly on your side are a ticking time bomb waiting to happen, undisciplined, and with no backup, no Emergency response teams, and little ability to limit the scope of conflict away from civilians.

Then you have Stark twit you that he's helping, even if he's helping his own way, and sometimes in ways that hinder SHIELD as much as they help.

She needs the Avengers' help, but she can't demand it, or direct it - she can only point them at a problem, and pray that they'll fix it without too much collateral damage or civilian casualties, and if the Avengers out-perform expectations, you know the next SHIELD budget defense in front of politicians will highlight that success and remind you that they fund SHIELD with taxpayer dollars, and it should be able to out-perform Tony Stark's personally-funded Avengers - the politicians are busy showboating for the cameras and the press, unconcerned that the comparison is downright unfair and misleading.

So, whilst I may poke fun about her character, I do also understand the depth that the writers here (et al) have given her! She may be our resident PITA, but she's our resident PITA!

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