While Avengers: Age of Ultron upgrades Paul Bettany’s J.A.R.V.I.S. into The Vision next year, Agent Carter will be introducing the original product, and now we have a face to put him with. James D’Arcy (Hitchcock, Secret Diary of a Call Girl) has been cast to play Edwin Jarvis in the 8-episode prequel series. Jarvis will be Howard Stark’s butler and an “unexpected ally to Peggy Carter.” He will also later become a mentor to young Tony Stark and become the inspiration for the previously mentioned A.I. D’Arcy joins Haley Atwell (Carter), Dominic Cooper (Stark), Enver Gjokaj (Daniel Sousa) and Chad Michael Murray (Jack Thompson) as part of the main cast.
Yes, as most Marvel comic book fans know, Edwin Jarvis is the second most famous butler in comic book history, with Alfred Pennyworth earning the top spot. Originally Tony Stark’s personal butler, Jarvis has served as Avengers Mansion since the group was formed, and even trumps Captain America as the person to stay with the team the longest. When Hercules and Amadeus Cho were forming their Mighty Avengers team, they wanted Jarvis to join their team as he’s the “one constant of the Avengers.” Jarvis was also in a relationship with Peter Parker’s Aunt May before the events of Brand New Day.
I’m glad that they’re including the original Jarvis in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, even if he’s not serving exactly in the same capacity that he does in the comics. How he’ll be an “ally” to Carter is unclear, although I suspect part of it will be helping her deal with Stark’s eccentricities. While I haven’t seen D’Arcy in anything, I’m sure he’ll be great in the role, although I’ll be curious to see whether he bases his speech pattern off Paul Bettany as J.A.R.V.I.S. Let’s hope he also has the same dry wit and sarcasm that the A.I. dishes at Tony Stark on a regular basis.