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A Tumblr Dream Comes True: Paul Bettany to Appear in the Flesh in Age of Ultron


In a victory for Tumblr, who’s been using clips from A Knight’s Tale to illustrate what might happen if JARVIS was given physical form for a while now, and a victory for fans of the Scarlet Witch and her most frequent canonical romance, Paul Bettany is confirmed to be appearing in Avengers 2: Age of Ultron as the Vision.

In the Iron Man movies and beyond, Bettany has always been the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S. (Just a Rather Very Intelligent System), the artificial intelligence that runs Tony Stark’s house and suits. The “character”‘s comic book counterpart, Edwin Jarvis, is a beloved mere mortal butler who serves in many ways as the “Alfred” of the Avengers, if I may liken him to his more visible DC Comics counterpart. Deadline confirms that he has signed on to play the Vision, the world’s mightiest android, in Age of Ultron, indicating strongly that JARVIS will be making something of a transformation in the film.

There are two aspects of the Vision that are relevant to what we know about AoU: first, his origin. The Vision was first created by Ultron as a superintelligent weapon to use against the Avengers. However, in their first encounter with him, the Avengers persuaded the Vision to rebel against Ultron and become a superhero. (Then there was a bunch of stuff with, like, the original Human Torch being split in two and Wonder Man’s soul memories or some junk, but basically, that’s what you need to know.) From this casting announcement it seems safe to assume that among the dastardly deeds of Ultron, whatever his origin winds up being in the new film, will be endowing JARVIS with a physical form and pitting him against the Avengers. In fact, I’d bet money that JARVIS’ first form will be a Vision-colored yellow, green, and red Iron Man suit.

The Vision’s history is also connected to the Scarlet Witch. The two have had the sort of off again on again relationship that is the closest thing comics have to a canonical steady relationship. They’ve been married, had kids, had the memory of their kids wiped from their brains, been killed, resurrected, lost their personalities to supernatural hard drive failure, you name it. They still tie some weird branches of the Marvel family tree together, where there are some kids who have Magneto for a grandfather on one side, and Ultron on the other. Since Scarlet Witch will also be making her Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Age of Ultron, it would be reasonable for us to see sparks fly between the two.

Well, time permitting. And we thought The Avengers was packed with characters.

(via Deadline.)

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  • Emily Neenan

    This could be great, but I really don’t want to see a Scarlet Witch who’s all love-struck and a Quicksilver who’s all “protective”. I’m not very familiar with those two, but it seems like every time I do come across them, if she’s in love, he’s borderline misogynistically controlling. I’m nervous!

  • Andrea Pantoja

    But.. But.. Coulson!!! I wanted him to be Vision!!! Man, way to squash tons of fan speculation in a single stoke. They should have held off on the announcement until after we had been told on the show that Coulson was not. That being said, I love Paul Bettany and he’s done a great job voicing JARVIS and I can’t wait to see him rock that yellow collar.

  • Zeep

    This is really interesting, it sounds a lot like what Whedon did
    with the Danger Room during his run on X-men. In both cases a
    non-humanoid AI becomes an android superhero.

  • http://runt.org/ Adrian

    What I’m trying to wrap my head around is how all this will come together. The first Thor movie introduced us to Loki and we had introductions to the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents throughout the Iron Man, Thor, and Cap movies. So once we arrived at the first Avengers movie, the audience generally knew the score, and we went straight to the action.

    But unless Captain America 2 introduces us to Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver (which it won’t, as far as I know) then we have to meet the two of them, plus Ultron, possibly Hank Pym, and now Vision… all in the same movie that already has Iron Man effectively as the lead, plus the rest of the Avengers squad (Hulk, Cap, Thor, Natasha, Clint).

    How the hell are they going to do this well, in a single 3 hour movie? Is Joss a wizard?? I think he might be a wizard.

  • Anonymous

    *SPOILERS* I did hear of one review that spoke of revealing Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in the after credits scene of Captain America. http://io9.com/will-this-be-captain-america-the-winter-soldiers-post-1515239478

  • Anonymous

    I know! Coulson would have been a perfect Vision. Now I guess we’re down to clone/LMD/skrull/other theories. :(

  • Anonymous

    Coulson as the Vision was something I never understood. I feel that ruins his appeal. The whole point of Coulson was he was the little guy bumping elbows with a team of gods. Making him suddenly able to fly and shoot lasers out of his head kind of misses the point.

    …In fact I’m still iffy on him being resurrected in the first place.

  • Lisa Liscoumb

    I’m not going to post spoilers, but Agents of Shield has cleared up (mostly) what really happened with Coulson.

  • http://runt.org/ Adrian

    That would be cool, but those post-credits scenes are maybe a minute long, at most. Hardly time for an effective introduction, so that will still need to take place and take screen time in Avengers 2. No way Joss would gloss over it, ya know?

  • Anonymous

    I’m conflicted. On one hand, Vision is a great character and someone I’ve been wanting to see. On the other, I would’ve REALLY liked if the third new Avenger had been someone who isn’t white. Like they’ve added three new actors to the team and so far they’re all white and two out of the three are men.

  • http://runt.org/ Adrian

    SPOILERS

    Did they? I’m caught up on AOS, and all I recall was them revealing that they (mostly) re-wrote his memories so he wouldn’t remember all the pain and suffering they put him through to resurrect him… but they didn’t actually yet reveal HOW they resurrected him. Or did I miss something?

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    They’ve admitted it’s his body, they haven’t admitted HOW they brought that body back, thus ruling out clones, Skrulls, and LMDs, .

  • http://runt.org/ Adrian

    Yeah, that’s my understanding as well.

  • Anonymous

    This sounds like it has a lot of interesting potential. And I’m glad it means that Coulson isn’t Vision. That fanon always bothered me. Coulson’s whole appeal is that he is (biologically speaking) a normal, unaugmented human. If you take that away from him he’s just another generic superpowered do-gooder. I think I could like THIS Vision.

  • Lisa Liscoumb

    Good point, Adrian. I maybe should have put “sort of” rather than “mostly” :)

  • blu girl

    I’m so happy Paul Bettany will get something to do onscreen! He doesn’t get a ton of credit for his voicework for Jarvis. It’s been fantastic and one of my favorite things about the Iron Man movies. I think he’ll be great as Vision although I would rather stare at his face for 2 hours instead of the makeup/CGI they’ll have to use ;)

  • Anonymous

    Sorry, not to try and defend Marvel’s really white cast, but are we counting War Machine as being part of the Avengers or do we just not know what his role is going to be?

  • Nuuni Nuunani

    No idea what his role is going to be.

    Though it is looking rather unlikely. Just like the Avengers didn’t have Thor bringing along the warrior 3 or Sif on a mission from Odin (to bring the band back together~) and War Machine was mysteriously absent during an event concerning the invasion of a major american metropolis, they will probably pretend any heroes not in the Avengers don’t actually exist and leave the audience going ‘wait, why didn’t X help out here?’ like every movie post Avengers has done so far.

  • Nuuni Nuunani

    They still have not revealed that, though whatever it was erased his body memory, and alot of fan spec claims it is one of those infinity gems for whatever reason.
    Why they bothered bringing back this one specific agent amidst the loads of people SHIELD agent or otherwise who have been killed off and why they keep it a secret, I don’t know.

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    I remembered reading Feige saying somewhere that after the Avengers the post credits scenes wouldn’t be leading into the next movie so much, which was the case with IM3(that one just helped explain why Tony was narrarating, thank god) but then Thor2 had the scene with the Collector, so who knows.

    Or maybe the ones that pop up in the middle of the credits are no longer considered “post credits scene”, cuz if so, then Feige’s statement is correct and now “mid credits scenes” lead into the next movie.

  • Katie Frederick

    I still need to read it, but I do know that there is a MCU tie-in comic that does explain what Rhodey was doing during the events of the Avengers, but yeah it isn’t the same as actual on-screen appearance or mention.

  • Carmen Sandiego

    I thought Coulson was going to be Vision originally. Especially with the not-so-thowaway line about him dating a cellist. However, I do think there are some big things happening that Marvel is keeping us spoiler-free about that will involve Coulson. We just have to wait.

  • Elizabeth Wells

    Not the same as an on-screen appearance, but pretty bad-ass. He took out a tank and a team of extremis-powered people before anyone knew what they were.

  • Anonymous

    Clark Gregg actually cleared that up as a massive misconception. Wanda Maximoff was not a cellist and it’s really unlikely she’s being set up as Coulson’s girlfriend.

  • Anonymous

    We don’t know but I’m getting kind or worried it’ll be him getting chumped or killed to establish Ultron as a threat.
    I really hope they at least find a way to include the Falcon.

  • Carmen Sandiego

    That line is going to haunt me. Joss never puts in dialogue for no reason. Save perhaps the Cheese man.

  • Carmen Sandiego

    That line is going to haunt me. Joss never puts in dialogue for no reason. Save perhaps the Cheese man.

  • Anonymous

    Perhaps but the specific instance was Clark Gregg talking about how enthusiastic fandom is, and as a completely hypothetical he said something to the effect of “And you see people thinking maybe I’m actually the Vision and the cellist I’m dating is the Scarlet Witch.”

    So it was just an offhanded example he used and people latched onto it and missed the context. I understand why people are bummed, but it wasn’t a case of Whedon purposefully trolling people.

  • Anonymous

    The Daily Mail says they’re going with an albino Vision, but I like Yoplait Trix yogurt coloured Vison better!

  • Nuuni Nuunani

    Plus it comes off as more of a ‘people are complaining, lets retroactively come up with an in story reason for them not jumping in to help!’ more than a logical reasoning.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not convinced at all that they’re going to kill anyone at this stage and then Avengers 3 it’ll be EVERYONE DIES *Insert Evil!Whedon laugh*

    I’m kind of hoping that the increased cast is going to allow them to split the Avengers into two teams. Not for separate movies or anything, but just to deal with threats happening in two places at once. And then with War Machine’s background and experience it would make perfect sense for him to take the lead on one of them.

  • Anonymous

    I’m hoping against hope that they won’t force a Vision x Wanda romance down our throats. First, because that’s just creepy – what works for the 70′s doesn’t necessarily work for the 21st century. Second, because, while that might have been the biggest romantic relationship for both characters, that only lasted 16 years; they’ve been apart for 25 (not on-again off-again as you imply); this wouldn’t even be relevant to modern comics if not for Speed and Wiccan; and, finally, because it’s starting to feel like Whedon is only including the Scarlet Witch in the movie either to make a Disassembled film a few years from now, or to give her a romantic interest, which is a major disservice to the character. It’s enough that he seems to be giving her teleknetic/telepathic powers instead of magic, no need to ruin the character any further.

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    Mutant/Synthezoid romances are too creepy for the 21st century but not the 1970′s?

  • Anonymous

    Quicksilver is a robophobe whose only friend is his sister.

  • diceratops

    I totally get your concerns about Wanda’s character development being sidetracked by a romance plot, but I still love Wanda and Vizh as a couple. For many of those 16 years you mentioned, their relationship was a fascinating, touching, and important metaphor about the cultural prejudices that dictate who we’re allowed to love and marry. I personally really love the fact that Wiccan (arguably a member of Marvel’s most high-profile gay couple) has parents who once battled bigoted religious extremists for the right to marry.

  • Anonymous

    There was a greater interest in stories depicting humanized robots in those decades than now; just look at how bad Almost Human, a really well-written show with good performances, is doing.

  • totz the plaid

    Okay, so this bothered me since this seems like the cast is ballooning up dangerously, but I realized, we don’t know which Avengers are returning for this film.

    Granted, it feels natural to assume that Cap, Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Widow, and Hawkeye will all be back, but that’s not necessarily the case.

    Even if it is, there have already been rumors that Pietro and Wanda will be under Strucker in Age of Ultron, so if Ultron and Vision are HYDRA robots, that allows for better cast balance.

    I dunno. I’m going to remain optimistic.

  • Seanna Tucker

    If it’s any consolation, it seems more like whenever she’s in love, Quicksilver is just scared s***less of what she might do. So the protection is for selfish reasons, really.