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Paul Bettany Confirms Vision Role in ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’

It’s official: The Vision is coming to The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Appearing Thursday on Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote his new movie Transcendence, actor Paul Bettany confirmed he’s playing the superhero android in the Marvel sequel. The specifics of Joss Whedon’s vision for the Vision, however, remain under lock and key.

“He can do all sorts of things,” said Bettany, who voiced J.A.R.V.I.S. in the three Iron Man films and in The Avengers, “but I’m not allowed to really talk about them and what we’re going to do, because there might be a Marvel agent in the room who will actually wrestle me to the ground and fire me.”

Bettany said he’s excited to have a more active role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, even if it comes at the expense of his very cushy Iron Man gig.

“Everything’s a double-edged sword, because I was playing J.A.R.V.I.S. for years,” he said. “My job was I would turn up at a recording studio for 45 minutes, do all my stuff, they would give me a huge bag of cash and then I’d go home. Now, it turns out they’ve found me out and they want me to actually, you know, do something!”

We’ll see Bettany do something as The Vision when The Avengers: Age of Ultron premieres on May 1, 2015.

(via CBM)


  • alton

    Is this the lamest add on character to the Avengers roster or what? Are we actually going to have to sit through the Vision/Scarlet Witch nonsense?

  • YoYoMa

    Nope and Yes

  • YoYoMa

    Nope and Yes

  • lewis4510

    The Vision/Scarlet Witch relationship has been largely retconned in the comics and the relationship has been over for years. So I doubt that will be part of the movie. But they might pay some kind of homage to it.

    And the Vision is not lame and his array of powers will be interesting to see on screen. Like his energy projection, and phasing/density powers.

    As far as his look goes, Vision is not depicted as having large muscles in the comics so it’s unlikely that Bettany will need to bulk up much, if at all.

  • 1Gary

    Um Ultron is The Vision’s creator.

  • unpaidpundit

    Yeah, the Scarlet Witch/Vision relationship dragged on for years, and was never really as titillating as the Marvel writers and editors at the time seemed to think. Apparently, Vision will appear without Wonder Man, whose “brain waves” the Vision’s mind is supposed to be based on. I wouldn’t mind having Wonder Man introduced, and having him strike up a romance with Scarlet Witch. The Avengers roster is getting crowded at this point, though. Marvel studios will also have the option of using Falcon and Winter Soldier in an Avengers movie. Plus, I understand that the Guardians of the Galaxy will play a role in Avengers 3.

  • Tophman

    Vision is an awesome character but never did like the whole Vision/Wanda/Simon love triangle. I like the complexity of the character: an android who thinks & feels like a human where ultimately he has to choose between his maker (Ultron) and his human friends (The Avengers). A romantic spark with Wanda could work to (secretly) solidify his choice in the matter (but please don’t dwell on the romance). With Paul Bettany behind the character, this will be fantastic (I liked his genre films -even “Priest”).

    Btw, for those of you who don’t know, the Vision is a powerhouse: he can fly, can turn any part of his body (or completely) as hard as diamond or completely intangible (like DC’s Martian Manhunter; Vision uses his intangibility to reach into machines & people to disrupt them –the shock of having something slowly solidifying inside a biological heart knocks the target out –yeah, a little hokey comic book science but hey…) and he also has a powerful laser beam from the diamond on this temple for ranged attacks (I forget if he has lasers on his palms & chest –don’t think so).

    Definitely looking forward to seeing him in Avengers: Age of Ultron (please, Whedon, don’t change his costume too much).

  • Tyson J Mauermann

    I had hoped that Coulson would become Vision somewhere down the line. A little disappointed but willing to see how things go with Bettany.

  • Christopher Carnell

    Lame… Lame? It’s not going to be lame that JARVIS will be his own identity from now on rather than Tonys A.I. butler after Ultron steals him. Don’t you effing sacrifice yourself to take out Ultron, Jarvis, don’t do it! *tear* Man, I hate knowing you’re probably going to be typecast as that guy who sacrifices himself, Paul. I now wish I hadn’t seen Legion..