WARNING: Spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War and Solo: A Star Wars Story ahead.
Paul Bettany said in a new interview that Vision's ending in Avengers: Infinity War particularly moved him. The veteran actor is having as big a year as anyone in the action sphere, returning as to the big screen as the superhero Vision in the third Avengers film. Bettany also became a late replacement for Michael K. Williams as the villainous Dryden Vos in Solo: A Star Wars Story following an extended production schedule for that movie.
Vision played his biggest role yet in the Avengers saga in Infinity War. Thanos (Josh Brolin) sought the Mind Stone that powered Bettany's character in order to complete the Infinity Gauntlet and wipe out half the universe. Of course, Thanos ended up successful - but not before Vision attempted to thwart Thanos' plans by meeting a noble end, in which he convinced Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) to destroy Mind Stone herself, thus killing him (and the stone) in the process. But... Thanos had other plans. Although Vision could still have a future in the MCU, Bettany certainly sounds like he's had closure. He recently spoke on the powerful ending that Vision got before Thanos undid it.
Speaking to GQ, Paul Bettany addressed a question about his recent movie deaths; he's technically died three times in movies this summer: twice in Avengers: Infinity War and once in Solo: A Star Wars Story. When asked which death was his favorite, he chose his first in Infinity War. He cited the heartbreaking nature of the scene, in which he begs the love of his life to kill him for the greater good of the universe, as the reason why he's partial to that moment. Here's his full response to the question:
"Ooooh, I don't know. I think that being murdered by the love of your life [Scarlet Witch, played by Elizabeth Olsen] because you're asking them to is pretty moving stuff that they wrote for us."
Vision's relationship with Scarlet Witch was one of the linchpins of the movie's emotional impact and it reached a peak at that moment when Scarlet Witch killed Vision. It was arguably the best representation of their relationship yet, but Bettany added in the interview that he doesn't believe in "chemistry," despite how well he and Olsen worked together on-screen. Although he dismisses the idea of chemistry, he does admit that he and Olsen "just get on really well with each other."
Despite immediately being undone by Thanos and the Time Stone, Vision's original death at the hands of Scarlet Witch serves as one of the most harrowing and poignant climaxes in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. Infinity War is already one of the biggest movies of all-time, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that Bettany has a particular affinity for one of its biggest, most memorable moments.
It also might have been a shock if Bettany were not moved by Vision's big moment. It's hard not to get caught up in the movie's prominent love story being deliberately shattered. It only got more heartbreaking when Thanos revived Vision only to give him a far more unceremonious death, before Scarlet Witch became one of the victims of the snap. But even Avengers: Infinity War's ending can't take away from the moving nature of what immediately preceded it.
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