Cobie Smulders on camaraderie between 'Avengers' and 'Star Wars': 'We understand not wanting to let the fans down'

For those who are new to the action sci-fi genre, a quick preface: The Marvel universe and that of "Star Wars" will never intersect. One documents the ancient battles of a far-off galaxy an undisclosed number of years ago. Way before Jesus and probably before dinosaurs. The other is, like, today, right now, but with Chris Evans running up and down Manhattan brandishing a shield.

In other words, even though "Avengers: Infinity War" and "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" may sound comparable to those unfamiliar with the franchises, they are very different. There will never (please, God, never) be any sort of crossover franchise that blends these worlds together. Which means that the "Avengers" and "Star Wars" casts will never work together as one unit -- but there's definitely no real-life war brewing between the actors, said Cobie Smulders, who plays Maria Hill in the Marvel universe.

"There's no 'my team, your team' kind of mentality," Smulders told AOL while in New York for Frito-Lay Variety Packs' second annual Dreamvention contest. "I think if anything, we understand the pressure of being in one of these films and not wanting to let the fans down. And that can be a lot of pressure -- you know how many people are expecting to see these movies."

         

Smulders and her husband, "Saturday Night Live" alum Taran Killam, couldn't have been more excited to see "The Last Jedi" at its Los Angeles premiere. "It's such a good movie," Smulders said. "I didn't grow up on [Star Wars]; my husband did, obsessively, so I think that's a testament to how good the movies are. There's something in it that's interesting for every age, which is difficult to do."

Difficult, even, for Marvel: "It's a bit more kid-friendly than Marvel -- it's not too violent," she said. (Nor does it feature any bizarre, graphic sex scenes, like 2016's biggest Marvel movie "Deadpool.")

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LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 09: Actors Taran Killam (L) and Cobie Smulders attend the premiere of Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at The Shrine Auditorium on December 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Actors Cobie Smulders and Taran Killam attend the 71st Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 14: (L-R) Director/writer/actor Taran Killam and actress Cobie Smulders attend the premiere of Saban Films' 'Killing Gunther' at TCL Chinese Theatre on October 14, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 13: (EDITORS NOTE: Image shot on black and white film. Color version not available.) Actors Cobie Smulders (L) and Taran Killam attend Marvel's 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' premiere at the El Capitan Theatre on March 13, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Disney)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 19: Actress Cobie Smulders and actor Taran Killam attend the premiere of 'Afternoon Delight' at ArcLight Hollywood on August 19, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 20: Cobie Smulders (L) and Taran Killam attend 1st Annual Norma Jean Gala at the TCL Chinese Theatre on March 20, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Actors Cobie Smulders and Taran Killam attend the 'Marvel's The Avengers' premiere during the closing night of the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC Tribeca PAC on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
VANCOUVER, BC - JUNE 04: (L-R) Actor Taran Killam and actress Cobie Smulders watch Game Two between the Vancouver Canucks and the Boston Bruins in the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Rogers Arena on June 4, 2011 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Taran Killam and Cobie Smulders arrive for the Los Angeles Premiere of 'Hall Pass' at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome on February 23, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: (L-R) Actor Taran Killam and actress Cobie Smulders attend the 2010 Entertainment Weekly and Women In Film Pre-Emmy party sponsored by L'Oreal Paris at Restaurant at The Sunset Marquis Hotel on August 27, 2010 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images For Entertainment Weekly)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Actress Cobie Smulders (L) and actor Taran Killam arrive at the 2010 Entertainment Weekly and Women In Film Pre-Emmy party sponsored by L'Oreal Paris at Restaurant at The Sunset Marquis Hotel on August 27, 2010 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images For Entertainment Weekly)
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Together, Smulders and Killam have been involved in countless fan-favorite franchises, from Marvel to "SNL" to "Hamilton" and beyond. But the most impassioned and vocal fanbase, Smulders said, is actually that of "How I Met Your Mother."

"Now that it's streaming -- it was on Netflix and now it's on Hulu -- it's something that people are discovering now, even if they didn't watch it when it was airing on CBS," Smulders said. "So there are new fans coming into the mix. And what I find a lot of is foreigners! People from other countries are really obsessed with it. A lot of them are like, 'That's how I learned English!'"

Until the press tour ramps up for 2018's "Avengers: Infinity War," Smulders is focused on a very different type of campaign: The star is encouraging kids to take part in the Frito-Lay Dreamvention contest, where they can submit an invention idea that solves an everyday problem for a chance to win $250,000.

 

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