maria checking out steve
okay but no this pisses me off.
maria hill is a soldier and a spy who has been trained in various martial arts. not only that, she’s part of an organization that, by its very nature, does not trust outsiders (which is why the hydra infiltration is so significant, but that’s a different topic altogether). this is a trained killer sizing up a newcomer, looking for weak points just in case they turn out to be an enemy, and you will see her doing this to every new person she meets. she does it to stark (albeit with more disgust); if you watch closely, you’ll see her look loki up and down in the beginning before she asks barton who he is; and you can bet your ass she does it to sam behind that helmet.
please do not relegate proof of maria hill’s extensive combat training to something shallow and frivolous like ‘checking someone out’. that’s not in her character, especially not when one of their best agents has just been compromised and she does not trust fury’s plan. this glance is far more than that— it’s an intelligent strategist trained to fight looking for ways to turn a fight to her advantage should it come to that.