After last week‘s explosive episode, which was packed with a lot of new information, action, and Howard Stark, this week’s episode put the brakes on the forward momentum of a season a little bit in the most entertaining way possible. “Smoke & Mirrors” intercuts the past and present, moving back and forth between Peggy Carter‘s continued investigation into Isodyne Energy and exploring the past of both Agent Carter and the person who is shaping up to be the primary villain, Whitney Frost, or Madame Masque as she’s quickly becoming. The title of the episode refers to the illusion of propriety put forth by the men behind Isodyne Energy, the Arena Club, and apparently so much more and the illusions put up by both Carter and Frost at different points in their lives to hide their true selves, whether intentional or not. Getting a glimpse into the events that shaped both of these women, and especially Carter, is the focus and most fascinating part of this episode.
Picking up right where it left off last week, season two of Agent Carter continues to be as captivating and exciting as season one. Episode three, “Better Angels”, sees the whole gang back together as Jack (Chad Michael Murray) joins Agent Carter (Hayley Atwell) and Chief Sousa (Enver Gjokaj) out in L.A. This episode also goes even further in the direction of science fiction, while still managing to make it feel grounded in the real science of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is something at which Marvel is very adept. And who better to dig deep into zany fictional science than everyone’s favorite genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist of the 40s, Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper), who makes his return in a decidedly Stark fashion. Despite a couple missteps, Agent Carter continues to be one of the most engaging shows on television right now.
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. (more…)
The summer has brought us a lot of Avengers: Age of Ultron news in the forms of first looks at the new costumes for the returning heroes, and first looks period for new characters like Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). But one new character’s been left mysteriously out of the mix. Perhaps because he falls into a bizarre nebulous area where it’s a new character played by an actor already familiar to the Avengers world, and the Avengers audience. So let’s cut to the chase: where is The Vision, the android character played by Paul Bettany? Is this him? (more…)
Ever since the news hit that the second Avengers film would carry the title Age of Ultron, speculation has be rampant as to how exactly Joss Whedon plans on putting it all together. He’s already admitted to a divergence from the original Ultron origin story, so people are naturally wondering how the metal menace is going to make his first appearance and thus become the primary villain. One site, Unleash the Fanboy, thinks they know the answer. By using some leaked animated storyboards from the original Avengers, one in particular of an alternate scene, they theorize that it will be Tony Stark’s A.I. creation, J.A.R.V.I.S. that will be taking on the role of Ultron. Check out the storyboard below:
Combined with the rumors that Tony Stark will be involved in Ultron’s creation, the numbers seem to add up. Furthermore, the folks at Unleash the Fanboy claim an inside source with Disney who had this to say about the possibility of J.A.R.V.I.S. as Ultron:
That’s the plan so far from what I’ve heard. Obvious, isn’t it?
And as far as Paul Bettany’s further involvement in the new Avengers flick is concerned, the “source” had this to say:
He’s returning, but I’m not sure if they’re doing motion capture with him, or if they’ll use someone else. Since he’s only done voiceovers, the contract is new.
You can head over to Unleash the Fanboy to read more about what they had to say regarding their J.A.R.V.I.S. is Ultron theory.