FRIDAY voice actor Kerry Condon expresses interest in portraying a new live-action character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Kerry Condon, who portrays Tony Stark’s artificial intelligence in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is interested in potentially making her live-action debut in the franchise. Condon has been singing FRIDAY in the MCU since 2015, when she replaced Paul Bettany’s JARVIS after the character evolved into Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Since then, Condon has been the voice in Tony Stark’s Iron Man suits in all subsequent appearances of the character, up until the hero’s death in 2019. Avengers: Endgame.
The MCU is no stranger to repurposing actors for different characters in their projects, especially when they’re only portraying minor characters or if the actor is just portraying a character with their voice. The latter was the case for Bettany when he pronounced JARVIS, but portrayed physically in all subsequent projects. While the decision to use Bettany as both JARVIS and Vision was based on a story decision, there have been other instances where the MCU used one actor to portray multiple characters who were not related to each other. In some cases, an actor would play a smaller character in a previous film and a bigger role in a future project, and with the MCU constantly expanding its character roster, it makes sense that many of these actors would want opportunities to get a bigger share of the franchise.
A previous actor who seems to be interested in this possibility is Condon. In a recent interview with Variety, Condon reveals if she would ever want to put on a super suit herself. Check out her full quote below:
“Yes, of course. I think people can limit themselves a little bit. I think it’s kind of silly because it’s a lot of fun doing those things. I also like to watch things just for entertainment. I’m not always into the form for something profound or whatever. I think there’s room for everything in our industry. You can’t necessarily be snobbish about things.”
How FRIDAY can move to live action
It seems Condon is excited about the idea of playing a superhero or villain himself. If the opportunity arises, it would be interesting to see how the transition to a live-action character would work out for her. She could potentially take a similar route to Benedict Cumberbatch, who portrayed Doctor Strange while also voicing his own nemesis Dormammu for no in-universe reason. However, she could also follow in the footsteps of her AI predecessor JARVIS, by having a story that evolves FRIDAY into a new character like Vision. While Tony Stark is currently out of the MCU, there is no indication whether FRIDAY’s programming is still online and whether she will be used by other characters in the future.
Immediately armor wars film in development that focuses on Don Cheadle’s James Rhodes/War Machine dealing with Stark technology falling into the wrong hands, the premise keeps an open window for FRIDAY to play a big part. As seen with Ultron, any AI made by Stark has the potential to cause a global threat, and that could happen FRIDAY if that’s the technology armor wars centers his story around. While Condon doesn’t specify whether the live-action character she wants to portray would be a hero or a villain, it seems that the thought of donning some sort of suit in the MCU excites her and that she would love the opportunity to do so. It remains to be seen what that opportunity would be.
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