There’s a lot about The Avengers: Age of Ultron – writer/director Joss Whedon’s upcoming sequel to his 2012 superhero blockbuster smash – that has already become public knowledge, be it through official reveals and/or information leaks. However, one element of the film that remains at least partly under-wraps is the character Vision, as played by Paul Bettany (the actor who’s voiced Tony Stark’s A.I. sidekick J.A.R.V.I.S. in previous Marvel Studios film releases).
We’ve seen concept artwork depictions of Bettany as Vision; and some of that same material had teased the character’s revised origin story in Whedon’s movie, even though he’s not popped up in any of the Age of Ultron trailers so far. It’s also not a given yet that Vision will appear in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe following the events of the Avengers sequel – though, the actor behind the superhero recently suggest he is, in fact, set to return down the line.
Bettany can currently be seen on the big screen in Mortdecai, the Johnny Depp headlined caper that’s proven to be both a critical and financial bust – unfortunately, that’s not a new experience for Bettany, either (see: Priest). However, during an interview published on news.com.au, the actor expressed relief that his current deal with Marvel Studios will make it easier for him to be more selective about the projects he signs on for in the foreseeable future.
“That’s the really great thing about the Marvel gig for me. I have never known if I have had a job six months out ever in my life. And now I know that they have plans and I can be even more judicious about the stuff that I do outside of that work. I can wait for the right thing and feel really attached to it.”
Previously, Bettany has admitted to having not watched any of Marvel Studios’ films (even the ones that include J.A.R.V.I.S.), but in this new interview Bettany says he’s now seen every movie installment in the MCU released thus far, saying “I realized they are so interlinked and I wanted to understand the universe.” That’s further indication that he expects to be playing Vision onscreen after Earth’s Mightiest Heroes battle James Spader’s Ultron in Whedon’s new Avengers movie.
That Vision will appear in more than Age of Ultron no doubt feels like a bit of a no-brainer for those fans familiar with the character’s role as part of the rotating Avengers roster in the Marvel comics. It’s certainly possible that Vision could be included as part of the “New Avengers” lineup that Steve Rogers is expected to have assembled by the time the story for Captain America: Civil War picks up… but then again, Vision may not be back until later in Phase III of the MCU, maybe not even until Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 in 2018.
Similarly, there are certain elements of the Marvel comic books that may or may not be adapted to the big screen (in some form), such as Vision’s relationship with Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). It’ll in part depend on how the character is presented when he debuts during Age of Ultron – and, as mentioned before, there’s still some mystery surrounding his introduction, for the time being anyway.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron releases in theaters on May 1st, 2015, followed by Ant-Man on July 17th, 2015, Captain America: Civil War on May 6th, 2016, Doctor Strange on November 4th, 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on May 5th, 2017, Thor: Ragnarok on July 28th, 2017, Black Panther on November 3rd, 2017, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 on May 4th, 2018, Captain Marvel on July 6th, 2018, Inhumans on November 2nd, 2018, and Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 on May 3rd, 2019.