With EW pumping out so much info about Avengers: Age of Ultron, I’m wondering if anything other than footage will be left for the people who camped outside for twelve hours to get into Hall H for Marvel’s Comic-Con presentation. Yesterday we learned more about the plot of the movie and got nine new images including a first look at the film’s villain, Ultron (voiced by James Spader). EW’s Comic-Con issue also contains more about the movie including the story behind one of its new characters, Vision (Paul Bettany). For those who don’t know, in the comics Vision is an android created by Ultron, and while he was intended to fight the Avengers, he eventually teamed up with the superhero team to battle his creator.
It looks like the Avengers: Age of Ultron Vision origin story isn’t going to stray too far from the source material. Hit the jump for more, and click here for Joss Whedon‘s thoughts on Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. The film also stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Elizabeth Olsen. Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015. [Update: We've added quotes from Downey Jr. regarding The Vision to the article as well.]
As we reported yesterday, Ultron is created by Tony Stark (as opposed to Hank Pym, who created the murderous robot in the comics) in order to take up the burden of protecting the world only to have Ultron decide that the only way to save the world is to destroy humans.
According to the latest issue of EW, Vision is created in the movie
“by Ultron to show he has the power to create life too. (Did we mention Ultron has major daddy issues?) The Vision will be portrayed by Paul Bettany, who has already been a part of the Marvel movie universe as J.A.R.V.I.S., the Siri-like artificial intelligence who serves as Tony Stark’s laboratory side kick.”
When Bettany was cast to play Vision, it did seem to be a bit of an odd coincidence, although it’s not unheard of to have an actor play a role on-screen and voice a completely different character off-screen (John Rhys-Davies as Gimli and Treebeard in The Lord of the Rings springs to mind). However, it’s not a coincidence when it comes to J.A.R.V.I.S. and Vision:
Is that casting coincidental, or can we assume that Ultron uses J.A.R.V.I.S.’ consciousness for spare parts in the Vision-ary experiment? Whedon takes a deep breath. We’re in spoiler territory. “It’s not coincidence,” he says, then declines to elaborate.
When Robert Downey Jr. was asked if it was a coincidence that Paul Bettany, the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S., was cast as The Vision, he responded thusly:
“Things only happen arbitrarily in Kevin Feige’s Marvel universe by mistake, and I think he’s maybe made two mistakes and they weren’t really in the movies. They were more in like the easter eggs early on. Things that he didn’t have as much final say over but would nowadays.”
Asked to elaborate, Downey Jr. essentially confirmed that The Vision has a strong connection to J.A.R.V.I.S.:
“Yeah, I don’t think Kevin would let that happen. Again, it’s like if you think about the five different ways that [The Vision] could come together, this one’s definitely the most interesting of the five. I was running other scenarios and I’ve seen it progress over drafts. It was just kind of really good, right from the start.”
Even though EW is giving away a lot, there’s (hopefully) more for the Comic-Con audience to see and learn, so perhaps we’ll get a glimpse of Vision.
Click here to catch up on all of our Avengers: Age of Ultron coverage, or peruse the recent links below:
- More AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Images Reveal Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, and a Party in Avengers Tower
- Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige Talks AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, Avengers Tower, Iron Man vs. Hulk, and More
- First AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Image Reveals the Villainous Robot; Joss Whedon Explains Ultron’s Motive and Origins
- AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Preview Footage Teases Hulk vs. Iron Man Fight and Avengers Tower
- Stan Lee Confirms AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Cameo, Offers Advice for BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE
- AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON – Andy Serkis Working Closely with Mark Ruffalo for Performance Capture