When Agent Peggy Carter makes the transition to television this winter on both Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter, a few Howling Commandos and Strategic Scientific Reserve agents will join her. And with the latest addition to Agent Carter’s cast, an important figure has been added that should tether the series even more firmly into the Marvel cinematic universe.
Marvel announced on Sept. 16 that James D’Arcy will join Agent Carter as Edwin Jarvis, the butler to Dominic Cooper’s Howard Stark. Jarvis will be an ally to Carter, helping her as she embarks on missions for the SSR.
If the name of D’Arcy’s character sounds familiar to fans of Marvel films, that’s because J.A.R.V.I.S. is the name of Tony Stark’s artificial intelligence in the Iron Man and Avengers films, voiced by Paul Bettany. Edwin Jarvis was Tony’s butler in the comics, but will serve that role officially to the elder Stark in the show. Jarvis’ inclusion may now provide a reason for why the genius billionaire playboy philanthropist named his computerized helper as such.
J.A.R.V.I.S. is also rumored to factor into The Avengers: Age of Ultron, as Bettany will also play the character Vision in the film. Whedon told EW that Bettany’s dual role is “not coincidence,” though he declined to reveal any more.
Jarvis’ inclusion in Agent Carter, however, is an important piece of the puzzle in Tony Stark’s history, and could help to reveal more of the Stark family’s past before the Avengers sequel debuts on May 1, 2015.