Paul Bettany Talks About Playing Vision in ‘The Avengers 2′

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After voicing a key character in four Marvel Studios movies to date, Paul Bettany is finally going to be appearing in one of them as well. The British star of Master and Commander: The Far Side of the WorldPriestLegion and the upcoming Transcendence plays the artificially intelligent companion known as J.A.R.V.I.S. to Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in all three Iron Man films and The Avengers, but in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, he’s playing two characters.

Bettany was spotted two months ago leaving one of Marvel’s production offices where it was reported he underwent makeup and costume tests for the role of Vision – another Avengers character from the comics. It was a surprise bit of casting and something fans didn’t see coming after all of the new character buzz had been focused on newcomers Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) for the better part of a year. Nevertheless, it was a very welcome casting choice and one that seemingly lends itself perfectly to the voice fans find so familiar.

While Marvel Studios never made the Bettany-Vision announcement official in the same way they did for the other new characters, including the film’s primary antagonist in Ultron – another A.I. character – we expect that after Transcendence hits theaters and Bettany is on set shooting his parts in costume, that an official announcement may come. In the meantime, Bettany (with the help of Disney’s ABC) confirmed it himself and briefly talked about his role(s) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe while appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Remember, Disney owns Marvel and ABC so that’s why this ‘announcement’ was made here and why the first Guardians of the Galaxy teaser trailer debuted on the show as well.

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The first question Kimmel asked was about Vision’s powers in the film:

“Oh, I can do all sorts of things, but I’m not allowed to really talk about them and what we’re going to do because there might be a Marvel agent in the room that will actually wrestle me to the ground. And fire me!”

That’s the standard media-trained, non-disclosure agreement type response we get from most people involved with Marvel projects, but the Kimmel and Bettany made an interesting point when hinting that what’s in the film may be different than Vision’s powers from the comics.

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Vision represents an intriguing addition to The Avengers roster for a variety of reasons. The character may share a similar origin story to that of the film’s villain, Ultron (James Spader) – an origin that we know writer and director Joss Whedon is writing himself and one that will be different from the comics. With the obvious Paul Bettany connection, there’s reason to believe the AI characters may have something to do with Stark’s J.A.R.V.I.S. system (who has his own official Marvel app) and there were hints of such a thing in animatics and story boards from The Avengers that never made it into the film. After all, the first teaser for The Avengers: Age of Ultron did feature an Iron Man suit transforming into Ultron.

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There’s also the relationship and eventual marriage between Vision (an android) and Scarlet Witch that happens in the comics, a rather odd story arc to adapt to live-action, but one we wouldn’t expect to be completely ignored in the films. With (at least) three new characters joining The Avengers in the battle against Ultron, we’re curious if the actors playing them all signed lengthy multi-picture deals, what characters may not live through Age of Ultron, and what other characters may make an appearance. Like War Machine (Don Cheadle):

Excited to see Vision joining Earth’s Mightiest?

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier is now in theaters, Guardians of the Galaxy opens August 1, 2014The 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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  1. Really looking forward to see how Vision is depicted, and glad that Bettany himself acknowledged it, which means it’s no longer a rumor :). I love that interview with Kimmel, he sounds like a really fun guy.

    Had a feeling Jarvis turning into Vision would be the something ‘personal’ to happen to Tony Stark, as hinted by Whedon.

  2. Read this news last night and the big question is still whether we get an all-white Vision or the full colour version used in this article’s main image?

    Also, whose brainwaves will he have? I’m pretty sure Vision had the original Human Torch (Jim Hammond) while Ultron’s were patterned after Hank Pym but if their origins are being changed (and I hope not for Vision because how cool would it be to have Marvel with their own Human Torch since they could more than likely get away with it), who will their minds be based on?

    • I think that the color version would make more sense because it will look better. I’m curious to see how it will be done.

      In the comics, the Vision was created using WonderMan’s brainwaves. His body comes from the original Human Torch of the WWII team Invaders.

      In the films Jarvis becomes the Vision. Stark is clearly involved and so is Ultron. If I had to guess I’d say Ultron will be trying to build himself an android body, something more powerful than an armored robot, something super powered. Maybe Jarvis foils Ultron’s plan by downloading himself or something like that.

      • Actually, Roy Thomas and John Byrne did some changes to the original origin of Vision so that the first Human Torch could be used in West Coast Avengers. While Vision still possessed the brain patterns of Simon Williams (Wonderman), he was determined to be constructed of “spare parts” from the original Human Torch.

        • I forget which issue of the Avengers it was, think it was West Coast Avengers. But, Byrne did this huge panel on the first page of Vison’s face deconstructed. It was amazing. Cant find it on the internets, hmm.

    • I am really really hoping they use the colorful Vision for the big screen; the white vision seems a bit bland imho.

      • 1 – I’m glad to hear something that sounds like an official confirmation
        2 – it’s a safe bet – they will use BOTH the green & red AND also the white version – ie. in sequels
        with all the characters (as in the comics) – they like to change their looks, even if just a little bit, from one film to another
        and as the characters progress they’ll give them new costumes or new looks, etc

  3. Isn’t there some kind of reference to a human torch character at the stark expo in the first cap movie? Maybe that has something to do with it

  4. Haha… every time I read actual comic book dialogue I can’t help but laugh. It’s as hokey as a Mexican soap opera or one of those $0.25 romance novels for women. :D

    • …and I love how Vision is just driving around in a car with cape and everything looking like it’s just his turn to do the grocery shopping for the Avengers. “I don’t mean to interrupt you Wanda, but I have to parallel park now.”

  5. Tony Stark creates a lot of villains. Maybe just shoot the guy.

    I hope they don’t make Stark the creator of Ultron. That would be the easy choice but not the best one.

    • I think they should have Hydra being the creator in an attempt to recreate iron man/his AI and it go awry.

  6. The voice in Nick Fury’s car sounded like Jarvis minus the English accent. I was wondering if that would be more similar to Vision’s voice.

  7. It’s always good when making a superhero movie that the director has a lot of “vision”…..!

  8. I am really glad to see Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch addressed, two faves of mine from the days of the early Avengers comics. I am also fairly excited to see Vision (either color is fine, but I prefer the red/green “clown suit”, as some have called it). I would truly like to see Goliath (Hank Pym) and Wasp in there, though, and hope they make it into Avengers #3, if not #2, or into some superhero Marvel movie in a “big” way! They are “gotta haves” for me!

  9. It would be fun if Vision suddenly sings “Mr.Roboto” song. Whedon could put it in the gag reel.

  10. I just hope vision doesn’t take the place of Iron Man in the movie. That would suck bc Iron Man is one of the top 3 characters that makes The Avengers. Him, Thor and Cap. Wouldn’t feel the same without him

    • Hulk smash!!

  11. I’m having a fan girl heart attack! O.O

  12. Brilliant,…… This casting almost makes up for “Kick Ass” as Quicksilver!

    Almost.

  13. I think if they are going the route where Stark builds Ultron, Ultron is probably the result of Stark attempting to build an automated suit to remove the need to have his body inside a suit. If that’s the case, he would likely combine his brain/thought patterns with the JARVIS based AI tech to build Ultron’s consciousness. Stark is arrogant enough to think that his own intellect would be superior when combined with an AI intelligence… Ultron becomes self aware and the “Fit hits the Shan.”
    Vison will probably be a result of an earlier experiment where Stark directly downloads JARVIS to a different suit or android body, then JARVIS/Vision assists Stark in creating Ultron.

    • But Stark could already pilot his suits remotely in Iron Man 3, and have Jarvis control them for that matter.

      • Ultron may be an upgraded version with an Artificial Intelligence based on Tony Stark’s mind.

  14. Vision. I like it.
    Paul Bettany. Fine.
    Jimmy Kimmel is HORRIBLE.