One of the greatest things about Marvel’s Cinematic Universe is how everthing fits together. Or as Marvel likes to say, it’s all connected.
During a roundtable interview at Comic-Con with Agent Carter producers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus, Collider learned about another character that Marvel fans now well showing up in the MCU, Edwin Jarvis.
When asked whether Agent Carter would integrate itself into the MCU like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:
Stephen McFeely: “What’s great is that we have the same bonus with Cap one, that we could do anything we want because we don’t have to tie into anything because we come before everything. Then we forced them to tie into us.”
Christopher Markus: “We’ll certainly have Easter eggs and even more than that. I think I can say, one of the characters will be Edwin Jarvis, who is Howard Stark’s manservant, who goes on to be a tutor to Tony, and therefore is the inspiration for the AI voice and all that. So it’s that kind of interconnectedness that should make peoples ears go … that’s the kind of reaction I want. That’s right.”
Jarvis first appeared in Tales of Suspense #59 (November 1964), and was created by Stan Lee and Don Heck. In the Marvel Comics universe, Edwin Jarvis was butler to the Starks, and then to the Avengers when Tony Stark donated Avengers Mansion to the team as a headquarters. Since the 1990s, the character has appeared heavily in media adaptations of Iron Man and Avengers stories, and is commonly reimagined as “Just a Rather Very Intelligent System” (J.A.R.V.I.S.), not a butler but an AI which assists Iron Man. In the MCU, J.A.R.V.I.S. is voiced by Paul Bettany.
For Tony Stark to later name his AI after Jarvis, they must have had a very special relationship.
Agents Carter will premiere in January 2015 on ABC.