Originally Posted by J'adore
Wasn't Tony Stark the one who Nick Fury personally told not to be apart of The Avengers and SHIELD? And Maria Hill? She worked her way up and was recruited in by Nick Fury. Case closed.
Fury told Stark that he wasn't recommended for the Avengers Initiative in Iron Man 2
. However, at the beginning of The Avengers
, Fury sent Agent Coulson to ask Stark to join the team because of the threat from Loki and the tesseract. Coulson told Stark that they didn't want him as a consultant, but rather as Iron Man. Thereafter, Stark suited up and the rest is history.
As for Fury's relationship with Hill in the MCU, that hasn't been explained. The film never said that Fury had recruited her, nor that she had worked her way up through the ranks. For all we know, Hill may have been assigned to be Fury's second in command by the World Security Council, rather than having come from within SHIELD. Presumably we'll learn more about her history in future films.