AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Origin Story for Vision Will Stay Close to the Comics [Updated]

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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 OlsenAvengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015. [Update: We've added quotes from Downey Jr. regarding The Vision to the article as well.]

vision-comics-ultronAs 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.

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  • Vulcan

    I was guessing that it wasn’t coincidence when they announced Bettany as Vision. I would prefer that they kept that a secret, but oh well. I figured that Vision is an evolved version of JARVIS, or Ultron disassembles JARVIS, and turns it into Vision.

  • Stronger

    fuck

    • Vulcan

      Care to elaborate?

  • anthonyg1500

    It’d be really cool if Ultron and JARVIS have a brother subplot

  • eternalozzie

    have we seen what Vision looks like yet? They’ll probably screw him up by making him not look like Vision.

  • Boogaloo

    Jarvis is Vision….. Vision is Jarvis …….. Vision is a MAN?!?!?! (queue crying games music)

    • Grayden

      Ace Ventura references are always welcome.

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  • cloud720

    I hope Tony say that the AI for Ultron was built using programming from Hank Pym.

    • Dmula

      I’ll be shocked if Pym has absolutely nothing to do with this,not only because of his comic story but it would be an easy way to introduce Ant man into the universe

      • Grayden

        Seeing as how Tony is a genius engineer and already created a basic AI in Jarvis, there really isn’t much that Pym could have added to the Ultron project save for some higher level AI functions/seeding sentience in robotics. I’m guessing Stark uses Jarvis as the template and that’s what Ultron uses for Vision and why Bettany was ultimately cast in the role.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Although, we could get a revelation that the AI frame for Jarvis was another joint venture that predates Tony’s work (like the shoehorned revelation that Tony’s dad and Venko modeled the arc reactor) and that it was co-pioneered by Pym. That’s an easy name drop to make and would make sense since Pym is old in this MCU and thus could conceivably have known Tony’s dad.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Although, we could get a revelation that the AI frame for Jarvis was another joint venture that predates Tony’s work (like the shoehorned revelation that Tony’s dad and Venko modeled the arc reactor) and that it was co-pioneered by Pym. That’s an easy name drop to make and would make sense since Pym is old in this MCU and thus could conceivably have known Tony’s dad.

    • Kyle Chandler

      Could be. One of the important elements of ultron though is that the AI is actually based on the mind of hank pym (which is why it goes insane). If they tell a similar story, it would probably make sense to base the AI off tony’s mind since the audience probably isn’t familiar with ant man.

    • Kyle Chandler

      Could be. One of the important elements of ultron though is that the AI is actually based on the mind of hank pym (which is why it goes insane). If they tell a similar story, it would probably make sense to base the AI off tony’s mind since the audience probably isn’t familiar with ant man.

  • Guest

    I think the plot will be that Stark creates Ultron and takes him along to fight Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, who are initially antagonists. Witch beats Ultron using a hex. This causes Ultron to adapt by creating this new android, whom Witch starts seeing in her “visions”. Vision might be the first sign to the Avengers that something is really, really wrong with Ultron.

  • Guest

    I think the plot will be that Stark creates Ultron and takes him along to fight Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, who are initially antagonists. Witch beats Ultron using a hex. This causes Ultron to adapt by creating this new android, whom Witch starts seeing in her “visions”. Vision might be the first sign to the Avengers that something is really, really wrong with Ultron.

  • Matt Reed

    The big reveal I bet will be HANK PYM created the original program that became ULTRON hence ULTRON remaking J.A.R.V.I.S since it’s his metaphorical son i.e J.A.R.V.I.S is based on PYMs original A.I tech

  • Matt Reed

    ANT-MAN directly proceeding AVENGERS 2? I guarantee y’all there will be a PYM/ ULTRON connection

  • Matt Reed

    @lexwalker-thank you! That’s what I been saying from the start people say I’m nuts but you articulated exactly what I’m saying and I have been saying it every time this convo comes up everyone usually says I’m nuts. Deal with it they say PYM has nothing to do with this! You and I Lex, we are the only free thinkers I swear.

    • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

      Haha, so damn lonely out here in Freethinkland.

    • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

      Haha, so damn lonely out here in Freethinkland.

  • Matt Reed

    DOUGLAS as an aged PYM? The truth can almost be seen with that casting alone. PYM will convincingly be a colleague of Howard Starks who probably sells the patent of his AI to Howard which he turns into JARVIS. Fixes continuity holes and intros PYM who conceivably would sell his tech off to further develop his own revolutionary idea PYM particles lol. PYM was a bigger brain than STARK if you regard comic canon so I hope they keep that mental hierarchy somewhat intact

  • Matt Reed

    Also PIETRO is key bc he will run around dismantling ULTRONs every time they pop up.

    • Spanky

      I think you need to write more posts to yourself

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  • agent777

    “I think of the five different ways they could of gone they used the most interesting for the movie that I am in.” – RDJ

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