Paul Bettany to Return as the Voice of J.A.R.V.I.S. in The Avengers
11.30.11 by BJSprecher
For those fans who appreciate a little continuity in their superhero movies, there's good news: Paul Bettany, who provided the voice of Tony Stark's (Robert Downey, Jr.) snarky A.I. assistant in Iron Man and Iron Man 2, will once again lend his voice to J.A.R.V.I.S. (Just A Rather Very Intelligent System) in Marvel Studios' upcoming super-team movie, The Avengers. The return of J.A.R.V.I.S. makes good sense to fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the program is built into Stark's Iron Man armor. It is also a nice nod to the comic books that inspired the movie, as Edwin Jarvis has been the butler of The Avengers since its inception and the only main-stay throughout the years. Bettany, who initially took the job as a favor to IM director Jon Favreau, called it "the easiest gig in the world."
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 Avengers was written and directed by Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and is currently in post-production. The plot of The Avengers remains a mystery, but it is believed that Thor's (Chris Hemsworth) evil brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), will team up with a powerful alien force — whether from inner space (Prince Namor's Atlanteans), outer space (The Skrull empire) or some other dimension is open to debate — requiring "Earth's Mightiest Heroes" to team up to combat the threat under the direction of S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).
The cast of The Avengers also includes Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Chris Evans as Captain America, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow, Clark Gregg as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Coulson, Cobie Smulders S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Maria Hill and Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig. It opens May 4, 2012.