“Marvel’s Agent Carter” has its Edwin Jarvis: British actor James D’Arcy.
It was revealed back in July at this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego that Edwin Jarvis — the famous Marvel Comics butler that inspired the “Iron Man” films’ artificial intelligence J.A.R.V.I.S. — would be seen in the flesh in the upcoming ABC series. Marvel.com describes the character as: “Howard Stark’s butler and an unexpected ally to Peggy Carter.”
Edwin Jarvis dates back to the Silver Age of Marvel Comics, created by Stan Lee and Don Heck and first introduced in 1964’s “Tales of Suspense” #59. The character traditionally serves as both Tony Stark/Iron Man’s butler and the housekeeper of Avengers Mansion, and has figured prominently into famous stories like 1986’s “Avengers: Under Siege.”
In 2008’s “Iron Man,” Jarvis was reinvented as the AI system J.A.R.V.I.S., voiced by Paul Bettany — making this the first time a human version of the character has been depicted in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and placing Edwin Jarvis in the post-World War II timeline of “Agent Carter” rather than the comic character’s contemporary setting.
“Agent Carter” is slated to run for eight episodes, starting in early 2015 during a midseason break for “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” in its 9 p.m. Tuesday time slot. Hayley Atwell reprises her “Captain America: The First Avenger” role as show lead Agent Peggy Carter; Chad Michael Murray and Enver Gjokaj round out the cast thus far as agents Jack Thompson and Daniel Sousa, respectively.
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