After playing a minor, yet important and memorable role in all three Iron Man films and The Avengers, Joss Whedon found a way to give star Paul Bettany a major role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that takes him out of the sound booth and puts him on set. After hours and hours of makeup of course.
Leading up to Comic-Con, Marvel Studios opened the floodgates on official photos and set interviews for The Avengers: Age of Ultron and from the early marketing push we learned a little more about the titular villain Ultron and is masterful creation, Vision.
That’s one of many important story elements from Marvel Comics that translates into Joss Whedon’s 2015 summer blockbuster. In an effort to prove he can create life, Ultron – a creation of Tony Stark – creates his own being; and that becomes The Vision.
We got our first brief look at The Vision yesterday in the official Comic-Con 2014 concept art (above in the background) for fellow Avengers newcomer Quicksilver but today we spoke with Paul Bettany who guardedly elaborated on the character and his cinematic powers.
Bettany joked about how many cast mates he gets to punch on set. “I’m really good at punching. Vision is very good at punching.” Later in the interview I asked what powers he’ll have in the film since we already know he has the gifts of flight and super strength. He joked by whispering slowly, “no,” but quickly smiled and geeked out, adding “yeah, a little bit.”
“Well, we already discussed he’s incredibly good at punching, which is key. He also has the ability to change his density and that is… that’s awesome awesome and really exploited brilliantly by Joss in terms of really cool moments that Vision is able to do something otherworldly and it’s kind of great. And he’s discovering it all as he goes along.”
Bettany did do wire work for his flight scenes, jokingly asking us if we’ve “ever been hung by your genitals.” It was uncomfortable for him but the crew, he explains, were wonderful and ultimately it felt like an extension of his intense-to-wear costume.
In Marvel Comics, The Vision can do almost anything you can think of (as a highly advanced synthetic human) beyond the obvious superhuman level of stamina, speed, strength, flight, etc. He can manipulate sound and forms of energies but more interestingly, he can alter his mass allowing him the ability to flight… and to shift his molecules to negate physical objects. He can pass through walls and bullets can pass through him. On the flip side he can absorb mass and become virtually indestructible, and even transparent.
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Guardians of the Galaxy opens August 1, 2014, The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, Captain America 3 on May 6 2016, and unannounced films for July 8 2016 and May 5 2017, July 28 2017, November 3 2017, May 4 2018, July 6 2018, November 2 2018 and May 3 2019.
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