While fans may be still geekgasming over the big events announced for Marvel’s Phase Three lineup, we still have to close out Phase Two with one more new superhero origin (Ant-Man) and another big teamup event film in the form of The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
While the Avengers 2 trailer gave fans plenty of hints about what’s to come of Ultron’s (James Spader) attempt to bring peace to Earth by way of eradication, the sequel still seems to have plenty of secrets stashed under its cape and cowl – with additional villains (Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaw?) and heroes still waiting to step into the spotlight. And none is more anticipated than a character who will be both hero and villain: The Vision.
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe it is Tony Stark who jumps starts the Ultron program (based off work that may have been started by Michael Douglas’ Hank Pym decades before). However, after Tony gives life to one A.I. lifeform, Ultron will presumably seek to flex his own godly powers of creation by making The Vision, an Android played by Paul Bettany – a.k.a. the voice behind Tony Stark’s A.I. companion, J.A.R.V.I.S. (Coincidence, we think not.)
We got a first official look at The Vision earlier in the fall, thanks to fans across the globe who place their encounters with Avengers 2 promo art on Instagram for all to enjoy. The same exact thing has happened this week, with Instagram user “israel06” posting a new amateur shot of some Age of Ultron promo art, which places The Vision at the center of the Avengers team (based on history, we can presume it’s real):
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This design of The Vision fits in with both the classic comic version of the character, and the ‘mesh armor’ aesthetic of Avengers members like Hawkeye, Widow and Captain America. There is also the familiar insignia on the character’s chest – which in this modernized take almost serves as a nice little ode to the arc reactor in his “grandfather” Tony Stark’s chest.
If The Vision is – as many fans speculate – J.A.R.V.I.S. given physical form, then the costume links between creator and creation will be even more fitting.
Like Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk, the makeup and effects teams creating Vision have done an impeccable job highlighting Paul Bettany’s facial structure and features within the framework needed to create the character. Truly good stuff all around.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron releases in theaters on May 1, 2015.
It will be followed by Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, Captain America: Civil War on May 6 2016, Doctor Strange on November 4, 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on May 5 2017, Thor: Ragnarok on July 28, 2017, Black Panther on November 3 2017, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 on May 4 2018, Captain Marvel on July 6 2018, Inhumans on November 2 2018 and Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 on May 3 2019.