The veil has been lifted and Marvel Studios is no longer holding back on showcasing the ninth hero in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Officially revealed yesterday in magazine covers and a new team banner, Paul Bettany finally steps in front of the camera as the superhero known as Vision.
Bettany of course, is no stranger to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, having voiced Tony Stark's loyal artificial intelligence known as J.A.R.V.I.S. for all three Iron Man movies and the first Avengers.
So, after Marvel released a new set of Avengers: Age of Ultron posters weeks ago beginning with the first featuring the whole team, followed by solo character one-sheets for everyone - fans waited for the mysterious character Marvel held back this entire time. From a background tease in last year's Avengers 2 Comic-Con concept art and vague descriptions of the character's design by writer and director Joss Whedon and an insurmountable amount of leaked promotional art...
The final pieces of the puzzle is here... and he looks badass:
Earlier today we explored the origins of Vision in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and his connections to Ultron and even though we know a little more about the how and why of it, there's still much mystery surrounding his larger role. And that yellow gem stone looking thing in his forehead... is that one of the connections to the larger universe that producer Jeremy Latcham hinted about after we witnessed Bettany suited up as Vision on the set of the film last summer?
"... the arrival of Vision into the madness of the movie. I think it’s gonna be a really cool moment. And there's a lot of fun to be had in this scene 'cause lot of things crystallized, you know, when he shows up. And a lot of big truths about the Marvel universe are kind of uncovered in the process, which I think will be fun to see happen."
And while it's not official, you can count on Vision being a core part of The Avengers roster for years to come from the hints of Bettany. He's been rumored to return next year in Captain America: Civil War and we can expect him back again for Avengers: Infinity War in 2018-19.
Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill and Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron releases in theaters on May 1 2015, followed by Ant-Man on July 17 2015, Captain America: Civil War on May 6 2016, Doctor Strange on November 4 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on May 5 2017, Spider-Man on July 28, 2017, Thor: Ragnarok on November 3 2017, Avengers: Infinity War - Part 1 on May 4 2018, Black Panther on July 6 2018, Captain Marvel on November 2 2018, Avengers: Infinity War - Part 2 on May 3 2019 and Inhumans on July 12, 2019.