Joss Whedon’s “brother-sister” act of new characters Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch aren’t the only super-powered roster additions for The Avengers: Age of Ultron as we learned yesterday. The returning heroes from the first team-up will also be joined by the voice (and body this time) of Paul Bettany who will play the android Avenger known as Vision – a character who shares a lot of history with the titular antagonist Ultron in the comics, not to mention his romantic relationship with Scarlet Witch.
Like Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Thor: The Dark World and Guardians of the Galaxy before it, The Avengers 2 is mostly shooting in London’s Shepperton studios and it is there where Paul Bettany was spotted (alongside fellow cast mate Jeremy Renner who plays Hawkeye) undergoing make-up tests.
With filming on The Avengers: Age of Ultron set to begin next month, writer and director Joss Whedon – along with members of the cast – have been in and out of Shepperton for make-up/costume tests and meetings. It is here where a trusted source of Comic Book Therapy claims to have seen concept art and the actual costume that Bettany will sport when on screen as Vision.
It has a helmet akin to the Iron Man armor, but it’s designed more like a face than a smooth Stark helmet. The iconic yellow and green are present in the design, but it’s more metallic shades than bright ‘comic book colors.’ They said it reminds them somewhat of the T-100 from Terminator 2 but it’s not as shiny. The yellow metal “liquid” bits seem to light up. This may or may not happen since there are two designs for that section. One lights up the other doesn’t. That’s the only difference. The cape is present, but they say it appears to only “pop out” when in flight mode. The cap sports some similar shades of yellow as the body. The “neck pieces” are the same yellow but they seem to shift positions from “standing” (for lack of a better word) to “flight mode.”
The initial report of Bettany’s casting had him sporting “chalk white” makeup, lending credence to the idea that Vision’s design in the Marvel Cinematic Universe may be largely based on his white outfit from the books rather than his more vibrant, yellow-green-red get-up. But now it seems more elements from his traditional design, from the cape to the colors, will be present.
The report continues, explaining that Whedon and co. are still deciding on is how to handle the mask/helmet as to avoid Vision appearing too similar to whatever armor Iron Man will suit up in. The bigger question is how Vision’s origins and story arc will play out. Is he being introduced as one-off character in the battle against Ultron or is he in it for the long haul as a key player future Avengers installments as the roster inevitable evolves and rotates characters.
In Marvel Comics it’s Ultron who creates Vision before Vision eventually joins The Avengers but since the movies are giving a new and different origin to Ultron (i.e. Hank Pym aka Ant-Man does not create him in the movies). There were hints of Ultron/Vision in the original story boards of The Avengers but they didn’t make it into the film. Either way, it’s clear that Tony Stark’s tech and his JARVIS AI assistant are seemingly integral to however Ultron and Vision come into play.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits theaters April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014, The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.
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Source: Comic Book Therapy