I wonder if the people who ship a human Jarvis and Tony know that Jarvis is in fact a human in the comics…that he’s a kindly old man…basically Tony’s surrogate father…I wonder if they care.
I wonder if the people who think Edwin Jarvis and AI Jarvis are the same person know that there was like a dozen Jarvises in various Marvel media, each of them with a distinct personality, physique, age, sexual orientation or relationship to Tony.
Iron Man Movie 2008 - Why when Obadiah Stane takes Tony’s Arc Reactor does JARVIS not attempt to stop him by contacting the Police / Authorities / Pepper / Rhodey?
Are we assuming that Obadiah knows his way around JARVIS’s security systems or did I miss something?
This was addressed in the initial script, and thus present in the novelization of the movie, but for some reason omitted from the movie.
In the novel Obadiah meets Tony under the excuse of wanting to resign from Stark Industries. When he hands Tony his resignation letter, Jarvis offers to proofread it instead of Tony. Obadiah looks pained at this, and asks Tony to shut Jarvis down, so they can have their last talk together in privacy.
Tony listens, but later learns from his mistake and takes to carrying with him a portable device through which Jarvis can monitor him. He also asks Jarvis to act like a normal AI whenever somebody else is present, so nobody can take an issue to a third party eavesdropping on everything.
I say “normal AI”, because in the novel it’s implied that Jarvis is fully sentient and sapient - and although it’s not something Tony intended (it’s stated a few times that Jarvis wasn’t supposed to be intuitive, creative, capable of reacting emotionally or acting that snarky), Tony pretty much just rolls with it. He’s significantly more polite and caring towards Jarvis than RDJ!Tony, and it’s even hinted that Jarvis actually gets paid for his services.
In the movie - I guess Obadiah just hacked JARVIS, as he seems pretty hapless compared to his novel counterpart. ^^’
JARVIS plays a lot of online gambling type games and being a computer he wins every time. Unbeknownst to even Tony, JARVIS has saved up a hefty little nest egg this way, despite it being unlikely that a computer would ever need his own money.
According to the novelization, Jarvis does have his own money (or at least an access to one of Tony’s accounts, considering the fact that it would be rather difficult for him to have an account in his own name):
[Tony] turned back over the Unisphere, watching to see if it was going to fall over. He didn’t want it to, but it had just absorbed a whole lot of impact energy that it wasn’t designed to absorb. (…)
“Unisphere appears intact and rotationally stable,” Jarvis reported.
“Who cares about the Unisphere?” Tony snapped, irritated that Jarvis had seen through him so easily. “Figure out Rhodey’s OS. What do I pay you for?” (Iron Man 2 by A.Irvine)
On an unrelated note, it’s adorable how Tony tries to convince everybody (and himself) that he’s not a sentimental person. When it comes to the things he (or his father) created, he’s a walking definition of sentimentality.