The Avengers 2: Paul Bettany Talks Vision’s Powers

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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.

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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, 2014The 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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  1. He’s probably what I’m most excited for, aside from Ultron. I can’t wait to get a good look at him!

  2. CAN. NOT. WAIT. Why must May be so far away?!

  3. Yes, I’m ready to meet him. Wtf

  4. I wonder if he’ll get some colour at some point since I read they’re mostly using the completely white version of him (cue jokes at FF’s expense by some of the other members….speaking of which, no one saw that Thing test model set up in front of a green screen? I saw it earlier, it’s only a head and shoulders on a pole for lighting references and more grey/green than orange – I guess to try and look more like natural rock – but seriously, I’m the only one here who saw that?)

    • If it makes you feel better regarding the color thing, it looks like he’s red, yellow and green in the above shot, which is a promotional picture for the movie, so I’m assuming the answer is yes, he will get some color.
      I also read the white thing as well early on, but later rumors refuted it, so I actually think he’ll mostly be colorfied in the movie (“colorfied” is a word as long as I pretend it is), but I suppose we’ll see. It’s a good question either way since either costume carries its share of questions.

      • I’m not worried or anything about Vision’s colouring, I just mentioned it because someone confirmed that he was seen as all-white on set so I assume he might get the colour once he breaks free of Ultron’s control due to the official poster showing him in the red, green and yellow.

        Which opens up possibilities they’ll show his human side to shun an image that he had when he was bad.

        Honestly, your post reads like I’m worried they’ll screw him up or something but I genuinely don’t care and tend to overlook the character when I read some of the books he’s in and focus more on the story.

        • My apologies, I DID actually misread it that way. Sorry about that, I so often see fans get really worked up over things that I just thought I’d hop in the conversation, haha.

          You make a good point, though. That’d be an interesting way to take it, to incorporate both versions of him from the comics while still making it part of THIS particular story.
          I’ve never really been that big of a fan of the Vision myself, but he’s such an odd character and there’s so many ways they can go with him that I’m really interested in seeing what they do with him.

          • Didn’t he go the other way around in the comics, starting with the flashy colors to become all-white later on (when Scarlet Witch reassembled him, if I remember correctly)?

    • Interesting. Thanks.

    • It’s fake, you’re welcome :)

  5. At what time they announced there will be an army of Ultrons?

    • I don’t think they officially did although the posters seem to pretty much confirm it.

      • Seem to? All we keep on seeing is a whole bunch of Ultrons.

        • Sorry, I should have phrased that differently. Scrap ‘seem to’.

  6. Anaze balls Vision vs Thor is what I’m awaiting!

  7. The Vision is what got me interested in comics as a child. So of course…The Vision will always be my favorite comic book character (forgive me, Peter Parker).
    For me, The Avengers were always The Vision, The Scarlet Witch, and (fill in the blanks).

    I understand that The Vision is not…and never will be…one of the top tier superheroes. His appearance matters very little to many, and in some cases, it probably doesn’t matter at all. But for a child that refused to acknowledge that Thor and Iron Man were stronger than MY hero…it matters a great deal.
    Sometimes you don’t have to be a child, to FEEL like a child. I am very excited to see this movie.

    • I love the Vision, myself; he’s probably in my top 5 Marvel characters. The Avengers was my first personally purchased comic and he was always a “must have” in my dream team set-up. He is definitely one of their “big guns.”

  8. 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.”

    Does this make any sense to any one else, or am I the only one who is left confused at this question and response? Not exactly a proper response to the question asked…

  9. I bet Paul will crush it in this role I love the vision I can’t wait to see a new picture of the costume.

  10. HOpe it’s more than just super powers and flight and “laser” vision….otherwise, those powers are mostly replicated already in the Avengers….keep some of his other ones…like deliberate intangibility

  11. this will be great fun….I’ll be seeing it Apr. 24 in Seoul…wonder what it sounds like in Korean