Rumors have been swirling about British actor Paul Bettany ever since news broke that he was signing on to Joss Whedon’s hotly anticipated Avengers sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron. While Bettany has established himself as the voice of Jarvis, the Samantha to Tony Stark’s Theodore Twombly, many speculated that he would be taking on the menacing mechanical mantle of Ultron, which as we know now is the purview of James Spader. Now, thanks to some sleuthing by the Daily Mail (and confirmed by other outlets), we know that Bettany will be playing The Vision, the iconic android Avenger. I don’t know about you guys, but I couldn’t be more excited by this news.
It’s fitting that The Vision is a part of Joss Whedon’s sprawling sequel, especially given the hero’s ties to Ultron. Originally created by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon for Timely Comics, the Vision as we know him today rose to prominence in comics’ Silver Age thanks to Roy Thomas and John Buscema. Created by Ultron as a weapon against the Avengers, The Vision was imbued with the personality of the deceased Wonder Man (Simon Williams) and given shape with a cloned body of the original Human Torch. I imagine Whedon’s version of the Vision’s origin will be a bit less esoteric, but here’s hoping that he’ll still wind up getting together with Wanda Maximoff, a.k.a. The Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen).
At long last, Bettany will get to be more than a glorified Siri for Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark. That isn’t to diminish the excellent work he did as Jarvis, but rather to express how unreasonably excited I am that one of my favorite Avengers will be making his way to the big screen. Given that production is starting next month, there’s still plenty of time to rewrite the post-credit sequence to have Bettany’s Vision interacting with the Tupac Coachella hologram. Virtual shawarma, anyone?
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HT: Daily Mail