One of the many gadgets added to Peter Parker's suit in Spider-Man: Homecoming is his very own version of J.A.R.V.I.S., Tony Stark's faithful digital assistant. Though J.A.R.V.I.S. may have evolved from artificial intelligence into The Vision, Stark still uses an AI in the form of F.R.I.D.A.Y. — he's even called the protocol in Peter's suit "Training Wheels."
It would be totally logical that Stark would include a version of this technology to guide Peter Parker through its new features and help him become the hero that he's destined to be. But who should voice it?
Whether you prefer J.A.R.V.I.S., Agent Carter's Edwin Jarvis or F.R.I.D.A.Y., they all shared a common trait: a big personality. The banter between J.A.R.V.I.S. and Stark was a highlight of the Iron Man films, and that is thanks to Paul Bettany's performance. His delivery of the lines was pitch-perfect, and this made fans really connect to J.A.R.V.I.S., despite the fact that he was just a voice (I miss him!).
It's most likely that either Bettany — or F.R.I.D.A.Y.'s voice Kerry Condon — will provide Peter with the digital assistance. But let's have some fun and imagine that Marvel will make the role an Easter egg to please fans...and we all know Marvel likes to please the fans!
1. Christopher Daniel Barnes
If you grew up in the 1990s like I did, then the voice of Spider-Man in Spider-Man: The Animated Series is the one you hear in your head when you read Spider-Man comics. Christopher Daniel Barnes played Spider-Man for 65 episodes, which was a record at the time, and he also returned for Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions and Spider-Man: Edge of Time, playing Spider-Man Noir and Spider-Man 2099 respectively.
His performance as the web-slinger was highly praised, and he's shown from his return to the Spider-Man universe — voicing Electro in Ultimate Spider-Man — that he has the versatility to adapt to different roles. We also know that he can fully commit to a role; just look at the "SHOCKER!" scene in "The Alien Costume Part 2":
Seriously, though, I'd absolutely love to hear CDB acting as Peter's AI. It's always great to hear him involved in Spider-Man stories in some way, so this would be my pick.
2. Andrew Garfield (With His Natural British Accent)
Whatever you think of Andrew Garfield's The Amazing Spider-Man films (I liked them), audiences were in agreement that he was an excellent Peter Parker. As the actor who lost the role when Sony let Marvel bring Spidey into the #MCU, it would seem fair that Garfield could be allowed to play a part in the reboot.
It might seem strange to think that he would be involved in another Spider-Man film after losing the role — and his New York accent for those films would be too close to Tom Holland's as Peter Parker — but there's one way he could do it: speak in his natural voice. Like Holland and Paul Bettany, Andrew Garfield is English; based entirely on F.R.I.D.A.Y. (Irish) and J.A.R.V.I.S. (English), Stark seems to prefer his AI to have a foreign accent. Maybe Andrew Garfield could continue this tradition.
3. Emma Stone
Andrew Garfield leads us nicely on to this slightly left-field choice. Emma Stone played Gwen Stacy and was easily one of the best parts of the would-be franchise. She's got an instantly recognizable voice, and who is to say that the Training Wheels must be a man?
In The Amazing Spider-Man films Gwen played a very important part, not just as a love interest or damsel in distress; she was also top of her class in science, and it was Gwen who created the cure to Curt Connors' Lizard virus. She also suggested magnetizing Peter's web shooters in the battle with Electro.
Stone has another connection to Spider-Man: Homecoming, as she played Michael Keaton's daughter in the Oscar-winning Birdman.
4. Jennifer Hale
Jennifer Hale is one of the most recognizable names in voice-acting and has appeared in a vast number of superhero media. She also happens to be the most recurring voice of Mary Jane Watson (and she was Felicia Hardy/Black Cat in the '90s series). These connections would be a nice nod to fans of the earlier animated series.
It would make sense for #Sony and Marvel to use a voice actor for the role of a disembodied AI, so why not go for one of the most high-profile women in the field?
5. Nicholas Hammond
During the 1970s, Nicholas Hammond brought Peter Parker to life in live-action. The Amazing Spider-Man ran for two seasons and three TV movies, and in that time introduced the web-slinger to a massive new audience.
Though Hammond now spends his days writing for Australian television, it would be a lovely throwback to the 1970s to have him voice the Training Wheels. For many older fans, Hammond was Spider-Man, so maybe he could be persuaded to return to acting one more time.
6. Stan Lee
A man who needs no introduction. We all know the huge role that Stan Lee has played in modern cinema. Without Stan the Man, we wouldn't have the MCU, simple as that. He's appeared in every Marvel film so far, and he's bound to appear in Spider-Man: Homecoming — but what if he appears as Peter's AI?
The King of the Cameos is always keen to get involved with anything Marvel does, and he's lent his voice to a number of the animated series in the past. So maybe this time, Stan's voice could be guiding Peter Parker. Come on, that would be really cool!
Whoever gets the role of Peter's J.A.R.V.I.S., we can't wait to see Spider-Man: Homecoming when it premieres on July 6, 2017.
Who would you like to hear voicing the Training Wheels? Let me know in the comments!