Marvel’s ‘Agent Carter’ Adds James D’Arcy as the Original Edwin Jarvis
Much of the 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' speculation has fixated on the correlation between Tony Stark's JARVIS and enigmatic super-being The Vision, but it seems the Marvel TV branch may go even deeper into Jarvis' origins. Enter James D'Arcy, playing 'Agent Carter''s incarnation of the original Edwin Jarvis, butler to the Stark family!
Marvel themselves (again) revealed news of D'Arcy's addition to the 'Agent Carter' cast, describing the character as Howard Stark's butler and an unexpected ally to Peggy Carter. Whether the presence of Edwin Jarvis suggests that Dominic Cooper's Howard Stark will have any kind of regular role on the series remains to be seen, though of interest to note is that the Jarvis character had traditionally appeared in comics in human form, before 2008's 'Iron Man' reimagined the figure into Paul Bettany's "J.A.R.V.I.S." (Just A Rather Very Intelligent System).
While 'Agent Carter' herself will appear alongside the Howling Commandos in 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' season 2 premiere "Shadows" (or at least pre-SSR Peggy will), Marvel's prequel spinoff series has most recently added 'One Tree Hill''s Chad Michael Murray as SSR Agent Jack Thompson and Whedon favorite 'Avengers' star Enver Gjokaj as Agent Daniel Sousa.
Its pilot to be directed by one-shot helmer Louis D'Esposito, with 'The Winter Soldier''s Russo brothers helming the second and third episodes, and 'Captain America''s Joe Johnston likely the fourth, here’s how Marvel describes ‘Agent Carter’:
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.’
It's difficult to say if 'Agent Carter''s eight-episode season will shed any light on Jarvis' characterization in the 'Avengers' sequel, or even how-closely Peggy's adventures will hew to a retro-Marvel universe, but in the meantime, what do you think? Will James D'Arcy carry on the dry wit of Paul Bettany's Jarvis incarnation? Stay tuned for the latest, and tell us what you want to see from Marvel's 'Agent Carter' in the comments!