Tony Stark loves putting helpful AI in all his suits. It’s been a staple of his ever since JARVIS back in Iron Man. Of course, JARVIS has since been turned into the superhero Vision, and Stark’s own armor AI is now called FRIDAY — a female voice played by actress Kerry Condon. But that isn’t the only AI in the MCU these days.
This Friday in Spider-Man: Homecoming, audiences will be introduced yet another female AI voice. This voice belongs to Spider-Man’s new suit. If you’ll recall, prior to running in with Stark, Peter Parker ran around saving New York in some shoddy P.J.s, but with billions at his disposal, Stark gave Peter quite the upgrade. Included in that upgrade is another AI, who Spider-Man names Karen in the film.
We heard Karen’s voice a bit already in the trailers for the film, and if you happened to recognize her voice, then you have a good ear. EW has confirmed that the voice of Karen is none other than Academy Award-winner Jennifer Connelly. Of course, Connelly has done countless amazing films, and is likely best known for her work in Labyrinth, Requiem for a Dream, and A Beautiful Mind. She also happens to be Paul Bettany’s wife, so yeah, two of Stark’s AIs are actually married in real life, which is a bit strange. Marvel really likes to keep things in the family, apparently.
“Yes, it’s Jarvis’ wife,” Watts confirmed with EW. “It’s cool, right?”
Indeed it is pretty cool. Now it would be especially cool — though incredibly contrived and unlikely — if Connelly managed to make her way into the Avengers lineup as Paul Bettany did. That would make for some ridiculous meta craziness.
Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters this Friday!
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