Oscar-winner Jennifer Connelly has finally joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but just like her husband, you don’t get to see her physically. Connelly voices K.A.R.E.N., the Artificial Intelligence inside Spider-Man’s Stark-built suit in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
In late June, it was confirmed that Connelly had a role in Homecoming as “Karen/Suit Lady.” After critics saw the film, it was discovered that “Karen” referred to K.A.R.E.N., the AI who helps Peter (Tom Holland) when he’s using the high-tech suit Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) built for him.
Stark’s own AI, F.R.I.D.A.Y., also appears in Homecoming and is once again voiced by Kerry Condon (Dom Hemingway, HBO’s Rome). Condon debuted in the role in Avengers: Age of Ultron, as that was the film were J.A.R.V.I.S. was “destroyed” by Ultron, only to be assimilated by Vision.
J.A.R.V.I.S. and Vision are both played by Paul Bettany, who is coincidentally Connelly’s husband. The couple met while they were working on A Beautiful Mind together and married in 2003. At the time, People Magazine reported that they had a “small, private ceremony” in Scotland. They have three children together.
Connelly is best known for her Oscar-winning role in Ron Howard’s A Beautiful Mind, in which she played John Nash’s husband. That film also won Best Picture and Best Director and starred Russell Crowe as Nash.
The 46-year-old Connelly also played the romantic lead in Ang Lee’s Hulk, but that 2003 film isn’t considered part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She was recently seen in Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut American Pastoral. Her other credits include Noah, The Dilemma, Requiem for a Dream, Blood Diamond and He’s Just Not That Into You.
In June, Deadline reported that Connelly was cast in Snowpiercer, a TNT pilot based on Bong Joon-Ho’s cult sci-fi film. That 2013 feature had a couple of MCU connections. Captain America‘s Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton, who went on to play The Ancient One in Doctor Strange, both starred in the film.
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