ByRose Moore, writer at
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Rose Moore

Marvel's Agent Carter, the newest addition to Marvel's live-action universe is now three episodes in, and has been widely well-received. It's smart, stylish, and has just enough of a connection to the rest of the MCU to thrill Marvel fans.

However, there was one element in the most recent episode that shocked me with it's inaccuracy. In "Time and Tide", Jarvis was brought in for questioning, his past brought to light (including a charge of treason), and he was threatened with deportation in an attempt to get him to reveal the secrets of his employer: Howard Stark.

Excuse me sir, are you plotting mass destruction?
Excuse me sir, are you plotting mass destruction?

It's a great scenario to build the character beyond "stuffy butler", as well as to show trust growing between him and Peggy. At the same time, it reinforces the way that Peggy is dismissed at the SSR; despite ruining the questioning and effectively getting Jarvis off the hook, the men believe that she just didn't know that she shouldn't have interrupted. Because, tee hee, she's just a silly girl. Her choice to "save" Jarvis is huge, revealing where her real allegiance lies. Already, she is putting Howard Stark and her undercover work above her responsibilities to the SSR.

Overall, it was fantastic. Well written, well thought out, superbly acted... except for one glaring flaw. Jarvis can't be deported, because as far as I was aware, he's not actually English.

Yup, our quintessential Jeeves-to-the-Avengers is, in fact, American. According the the comics, he was born and raised in NYC, but ran away to join the Air Force during the war. His time in the RAF gave him the distinctive accent, but his passport still says "American Citizen".

All of which means that there could be no threat of deportation. Unless there is some legal wrinkle that I am unaware of, you cannot be deported from your own country. He could be extradited, but that would require him being wanted for a crime in another country, and the charges of treason had been long-since dropped.

I'm going to assume that there has to be some kind of explanation for this error, because I refuse to believe that Marvel would make this kind of rookie mistake. Is there a re-boot to the character that I am unaware of? Did his choice to run away and join the RAF underage somehow impact his ability to legally live in the US? What the heck is going on here, Marvel?!?!?!

What do you think? If you know of a comic book based way to have this make sense, please please comment and tell me, because it's driving me nuts!


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