Everyone knows that in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Tony Stark’s AI butler is named J.A.R.V.I.S. (Just Another Very Intelligent System), is voiced by Paul Bettany, and will be transformed into the Vision by James Spader‘s Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Fans of The Avengers comic book know Edwin Jarvis as the Avengers mansion butler. Now word is out that Marvel’s Agent Carter (Hayley Atwell) has cast James D’Arcy (Cloud Atlas, Master and Commander) as Edwin Jarvis, butler to Howard Stark, Tony Stark’s father.
The whole process kicked off for fans when the Marvel short Agent Carter was included in the Iron Man 3 DVD/Bluray.
Fans started to speculate that Howard Stark’s butler would be named Jarvis. Low and behold as the Agent Carter series developed, that dream became a reality, linking Howard Stark’s butler and probable close emotional confidant to a young Tony Stark. Tony may tell everyone that J.A.R.V.I.S. means Just Another Very Intelligent System, but we really know it’s a silent nod to the man who Tony feels was there for him when his father wasn’t.
D’Arcy’s Jarvis joins the cast that already includes Chad Michael Murray as SSR Agent Jack Thompson and Enver Gjokaj as Agent Daniel Sousa. This trio will support Agent Carter as she handles the trickiest missions from Howard Stark and company as they create S.H.I.E.L.D. to defend the American Way.
What is vexing to fans is the current state of casting for Agent Carter when it comes to Howard Stark. Dominic Cooper played the role in Captain America: The First Avenger and the Agent Carter short, but has yet to be announced as a cast member in Agent Carter. Now this could mean a few things. Cooper is a busy actor, just one glance at his IMDB page will show that and perhaps his role as Howard Stark in Agent Carter will only consist of telephone calls and short guest star like appearances.
I fully expect to see or at least hear Cooper’s Howard Stark in Agent Carter. Hayley Atwell hinted very firmly that Cooper will be involved in the series when talking with the Telegraph:
Now, the wacky actress is hoping to continue with the larks when Dominic Cooper joins her on the set of her forthcoming television series, Agent Carter. “He’s incredibly naughty,” she tells me at the Glamour Women of the Year awards with Next in Berkeley Square. “So I’m going to start the pranks as early as I can. He will come up with some very good ones, too.”
The truly burning question for me is how Jarvis fits into Tony’s life and will we ever see a young Tony in the Agent Carter series. The Marvel Cinematic Universe Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) was born in 1970. That means that Agent Carter has almost 25 years of action and adventure before Tony is even a glimmer in his father Howard’s eye. Now just exploring that time difference leads me to believe that we won’t get any young Tony in Agent Carter, but perhaps we might get a flashback in Avengers: Age of Ultron? Something to set up the creation of J.A.R.V.I.S. when Tony is trying to figure out why J.A.R.V.I.S. goes rouge?
“Marvel’s Agent Carter,” starring “Captain America’s” Hayley Atwell, follows the story of Peggy Carter. It’s 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life–Steve Rogers. Inspired by the feature films “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” along with the short “Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter.”Starring Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter, Chad Michael Murray as SSR Agent Jack Thompson, Enver Gjokaj as SSR Agent Daniel Sousa, and James D’Arcy as Jarvis, “Marvel’s Agent Carter” was written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Executive producers are Tara Butters, Michele Fazekas, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Chris Dingess, Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Joe Quesada, Stan Lee and Jeph Loeb.
Agent Carter will premiere at some point during the break between the fall and spring sections of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ‘s second season.