18 Jan 2021 12:25 PM +00:00 UTC

Is Vision Jarvis? The WandaVision Character's Origin in the MCU Explored

In the latest installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, WandaVision, it has been a lingering question as to how Vision is alive considering his death in the Avengers: Infinity War. Backing the track, a little bit, Vision is as if born yesterday as he came into existence only from the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, a rather young member of the team who was made by Tony Stark and Bruce Banner seemingly out of a humanoid with a computer code running his whole system.

From then on, everyone had to say goodbye to J.A.R.V.I.S., the voice in Stark's program of his Iron Man suit, and welcomed F.R.I.D.A.Y. This begs the question, is Vision J.A.R.V.I.S.? The easy answer is no.

Edwin Jarvis
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J.A.R.V.I.S., an acronym for Just A Rather Very Intelligent System, was Stark's artificial intelligent computer assisting him in almost all his endeavors, from taking care of all the household chores to security protocols. It talks in the voice of a man who has a British accent who was later revealed to be patterned to the name of the butler of Howard and Tony Stark, Edwin Jarvis. Edwin Jarvis' contribution to the MCU dates back to the second world war, the time when Howard Stark has been experimenting on weapons, even with the one that created Captain America. Edwin Jarvis is not just your ordinary butler; he was like a second father to Tony Stark after Howard and his wife were killed by the Winter Soldier. Edwin Jarvis also helped with the pioneer of S.H.I.E.L.D., Captain America's sweetheart, Peggy Carter, as shown in the series Agent Carter.

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Donning the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S. today is Vision as both are voiced by Paul Bettany. But no, they aren't the same person. Vision is originally a J.A.R.V.I.S.' programming and Ultron's programming altogether but when Vision had an interaction with the Mind Stone, which, at that time, was still placed in the scepter of Loki, Vision became self-aware and the one we know of to date, a humanoid who can think and act on his own, even with feelings of his own as he fell in love with Wanda Maximoff.

Vision, along with Wanda, is now in Westview, a bizarre town where strange things are happening. WandaVision caters to an eccentric kick-off for Phase Four of the MCU and is canon, with the first two episodes set in black and white, and an homage to ‘50s and ‘60s sitcoms. There being nine episodes released weekly and having seven episodes left, it has yet to unravel as to how Vision is alive and who the villain is with only a few hints given to date.

WandaVision returns Friday, January 22, 2021, on Disney+.

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