The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron is already creating a collector's frenzy. Whether it’s an advertisement for a Grey Hulk Pop on the back of a Newbury Comics exclusive or sales of Iron Man 304 and 305 it has become quite clear that fans are insane for Marvel Films.
Up next, the Vision! He could become the next big character property for Marvel and it is understandable why the have kept footage of him in action under wraps. Marvel knows that if they produce quality film versions of their creations people will shell out the cash. Honestly who would have thought that Starlord, Groot and Rocket Raccoon would ever become as popular as they are now. Both Ultron and the Vision represent a large evolutionary step for Marvel Films and I sure hope they do it right. The good news is that as of late Marvel has made nearly all the right choices.
So who is the Vision? Anyone reading this should know his story and know that he first appeared in Avengers 57. While that book is now a pricey key it is important to note that Marvel takes many liberties with their on-screen adaptations of source material. That is a wise decision. Marvel takes the best of what they have created in the past and give us new films and shows. These works are deeply rooted in their comic origins, which pleases readers, but still offer everyone who goes to the movies or watches TV something fresh to look forward too.
Many have been debating the origins of both Ultron and the Vision. We know that Tony Stark has a hand in creating Ultron and looks to bear responsibility for all the evil to come. But Tony may also be a part of the solution via his AI: J.A.R.V.I.S. This Artificial Intelligence plays an important role in Iron Man films. After all his name pays homage to the Avenger’s famous comic counterpart Jarvis the Butler. This helps to establish a human connection between Tony and his creation. Here is where it gets interesting, the actor who voiced J.A.R.V.I.S. is Paul Bettany. That’s the same actor who is starring as the Vision. This is NOT a coincidence. If the actor who voiced Stark’s AI in previous films is the Vision then it seems pretty darn likely that J.A.R.V.I.S. becomes the Vision.
In this clip listen close at the 58 second mark:
For a second it sure sounds like Paul Bettany/J.A.R.V.I.S.’s voice being taken over by James “ Ultron “ Spader! The theory here is that Ultron or the Ultron Program overpowers Tony’s systems including J.A.R.V.I.S. It stands to good reason that the Vision might be forced to aid in Ultron’s plans but later redeems himself by creating a body or by having one created by genius minds like Bruce Banner and Tony Stark.
So if J.A.R.V.I.S. is the Vision then what comics should be on your hunting list: The Invincible Iron Man 10,10 2nd print, 10 variant, 10 secret retailer barcode variant
Matt Fraction’s Invincible Iron Man was an epic run and remains one of my personal favorites. Issue 10 introduces us to the Rescue armor designed for Pepper Potts. We find out in issue 11 that the J.A.R.V.I.S. system is integrated into the suit. So the Rescue Armor is the the first 616 appearance of J.A.R.V.I.S.
Issue 11 is the first appearance of J.A.R.V.I.S. as an on board intelligence system in a comic. The second print is a lot tougher to find than the first and a much more desirable cover.
J.A.R.V.I.S. is also briefly mentioned at the very end of the Wal-Mart Exclusive mini-comic from 2008 by Christopher Gage called Security Measures.
It is interesting to note that this comic was only available in the exclusive Wal-Mart Fun Pack in 2008. Wal-Mart also released a cheaper pack that only included the comic as a digital offering. I would suggest that any buyer be careful not to purchase the wrong pack but, trust me when I tell you, they are impossible to find. Even the mini-comic is extremely rare on its own. It occasionally comes up for auction and most recently sold at Ebay auction for around 40 dollars.
In this comic Tony walks into his home and speaks the name J.A.R.V.I.S. J.A.R.V.I.S. responds in the next panel but is never seen as a suit or as any other piece of tech. At this point it is only a system that governs Tony’s Mansion. Is this the first appearance of J.A.R.V.I.S.? He appears in name only. Even if it isn’t this comic holds another important first appearance I will be discussing next week.
( Security Measures was only reprinted in the 2010 TPB Iron Man: I am Iron Man. The TPB collects issues 1 & 2 of the series but the reprint of Security Measures only appears in the trade not in the regular issues. )
Looking back it is easy to miss the importance of J.A.R.V.I.S. to the Marvel Film Universe. Without it Tony Stark would not have been able to create a previously unknown element through the work of his father. The AI also hacked into shield and learned about the Tesseract Weapons program and gained access to how many other secrets? J.A.R.V.I.S. also governed the Iron Legion which shows that he is a very powerful piece of software. Ultron appears to have the same capability with his replicas. And in the 616 Universe J.A.R.V.I.S. ends up a threat when he falls in love with Pepper Potts. That’s a very Vision like thing for an AI system to do.
If J.A.R.V.I.S. does become the Vision in Avengers 2 these comics will then represent the first comic appearances of the intelligent system that becomes the Marvel Cinematic version of the Vision.