Casting for Agent Carter TV series creates another link to Marvel movies

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Agent Carter, the upcoming television series that will have Hayley Atwell reprise her role as Peggy Carter, Steve Rogers’ love interest in Captain America: The First Avenger, has added a new name to its cast — and his character should resonate with anyone familiar with Marvel’s ever-expanding cinematic universe.

Let’s Be Cops and Cloud Atlas actor James D’Arcy has joined the cast of the series as Edwin Jarvis, butler to billionaire industrialist and inventor Howard Stark (Tony Stark’s father). Of course, Marvel movie (and comic) fans know that J.A.R.V.I.S. is also the name given to Tony Stark’s artificially intelligent digital assistant voiced by actor Paul Bettany, who’s primed to transition into his own, more active role on the superhero team in Avengers: Age Of Ultron.

And given Marvel’s willingness to make overt connections between its television and movie projects, it’s reasonable to expect we’ll see D’Arcy’s character bridge the gap between the late-’40s setting of Agent Carter and the modern Marvel movie-verse in some form.

Set in 1946, Agent Carter follows Peggy Carter in the aftermath of The First Avenger as she returns from the war, only to find herself marginalized by popular culture and women’s role in the military. Tasked with undertaking secret missions for Howard Stark’s Strategic Scientific Reserve, she must juggle the demands of protecting the world from post-war threats and navigating life as a single woman in the ’40s.

Agent Carter will debut in January 2015, and also stars Enver Gjokaj and Chad Michael Murray. The series is written by Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.