Paul Bettany’s Voice In For ‘The Avengers’

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While the Iron Man films gave rebirth to the career and stardom of Robert Downey Jr. thanks to the oddly perfect casting of him as Tony Stark, they carried supporting casts of big-name talent, one of whom many don’t even realize is in the film.

Paul Bettany (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World) played a part in Iron Man and Iron Man 2 as the voice of Jarvis, Tony Stark’s Artificially Intelligent computer who helped in the creation of Stark’s Iron Man armored suits. According to Bettany, he’ll again provide the voice of Jarvis in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers next year.

J.A.R.V.I.S., which stands for Just A Rather Very Intelligent System, can be considered one of Tony Stark’s special abilities since he’s one of Marvel’s biggest superheroes who actually doesn’t possess any “super” powers. Stark is all about the tech and Jarvis is a key part of that in the Marvel Studios film universe, not only being Stark’s home computer sidekick in the films (and a butler in the comics) but being a part of his suits.

Bettany explains that he never knows in advance whether he’ll be in the next Robert Downey Jr. comic book movie adventure, since he always find out last minute. For him that’s fine, since it’s the easiest acting role he’s ever had to do that all began as a favor for his pal, Iron Man director Jon Favreau..

“This is pretty much the way it always goes… I never get the call until literally about a month or two before the movie comes out, and then they bring me in once everything else is done. I’m literally the last person hired. It’s exactly like voicing animation, except I don’t even have to sync to anything. It’s the easiest gig in the world.”

The Stark Tower will feature in The Avengers - it’s spotted briefly in The Avengers trailer – and Jarvis will undoubtedly be there. What’s interesting is that at one point in the books, the human version of Jarvis was replaced by a Skrull, the alien invaders we expect are the villains in The Avengers movie. As an AI, that won’t happen in the film but maybe he’ll be hacked? Nick Fury did it in the books, surely the aliens could if need be?

Expect Paul Bettany to also return a fourth time to play Jarvis in Iron Man 3.

The Avengers hits theaters May 4th, 2012 and Iron Man 3 releases May 3, 2013.


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  1. nicee

  2. That is sweet

  3. Er, this isn’t new news…
    They confirmed that Bettany will be in the movie months ago.

    Aw well, even if this is old news, it’s still good news ;)
    You can’t have The Avengers without JARVIS (whether he’s an AI or old British guy).
    I hope the interaction with Jarvis won’t just be between him and Stark, I really hope he’ll be communicating with the other Avengers as well: it would be awesome if they do a gag about Thor or Cap not knowing WTF is going on (with a disconcerting voice coming from the walls of the building and all ;) — something in the line of what happens in The Avengers: EMH tv show perhaps…)

    • I agree. Like Thor explained to Cap in A:EMH… “The building has it´s own mind.”

  4. This is completely unrelated (but didn’t where else to place this)…

    Just found out the actor John Neville died aka Well Manicured Man (X-Files) and my all time favourite as the lead in Gilliam’s The Adventures of Baron Munchausen.

    He was 86 and lived in Toronto.

    • Thanx for info. The X-Files is one of my favorite shows, and I bought the entire series on DVD! Any further news on if there will ever be a 3rd. movie (hopefully with Agents Mulder, Scully, Skinner, & Doggett, featuring alien encounters, government conspiracies, black oil…all the things that made the original series great!)?

  5. Really? Thor cant be used as the glue? Lets see Odins vault is mentioned in Captian America and the dimesion that the skull fell into looked alot like the shts in Thor A brilliant scintist in the field of Gamma radiation. Oh yeah. How about Loki. Id say only Agent Colson is a complete link

  6. Interesting. JARVIS opens the door for multiple languages to be used in the movie. If the Widow speaks Russian or— maybe— if Loki speaks in some ancient tongue (that’s been studied), the presence of JARVIS could be a key storytelling element.

  7. it would be awesome if JARVIS is in iphone 4s.

    • They should put Bettany’s voice in a Tom Tom or Garmin or something.
      It would be so awesome if Jarvis could be my GPS :D

  8. Oh thank God! I don’t know about everyone else, but The Avengers would have been totally RUINED for me if they didn’t bring back good ole Paul to voice Jarvis. You rock Paul!

  9. I swear i thought that jarvis was voiced by jude law.

    • Ha. Me too.
      He sounds just like the narrator from Lemony Snicket…

  10. Are there any websites where we can download JARVIS WAVS/MP3s? – Stark

  11. Great news that Paul Bettany is returning as Jarvis.

    I like Jarvis in the first Iron Man movie, Bettany did a great job.

    Maybe in The Avengers, Jarvis maybe help the team in a tough battle against Loki and the alien invaders.