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Paul Bettany Upgrades His Role, Will Play The Vision In 'The Avengers: Age Of Ultron'

by Oliver Lyttelton
February 6, 2014 8:06 PM
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Paul Bettany

Well, well. Despite claiming that he'd never seen any of the "Iron Man" or "Avengers" movies in which he features as the voice of Tony Stark's helpful A.I. Jarvis, it looks like Paul Bettany is in it for the long-haul with the mega-franchise, because the reliable Baz Bamigboye at the Daily Mail is reporting that the actor is on board for "The Avengers: Age Of Ultron."

But this time, he's not just going to be a disembodied voice, as Bettany—who'll next be seen in another A.I-related movie, Wally Pfister's "Transcendence" with Johnny Depp, will be appearing on screen, playing comics veteran The Vision in the billion-dollar sequel. The Vision, for the uninitiated, was originally a Golden Age character, but ret-conned later on to be an android created by robotic villain Ultron (to be played by James Spader in the film that bears the character's name in the title). Initially battling against the hero, he becomes a hero, and even gets into a romantic relationship with the Scarlet Witch (to be played by Elizabeth Olsen).

That Bettany has a new role to play seems to back up persistent rumors that, in the movie continuity, Ultron will be created by Tony Stark rather than Ant-Man Hank Pym (who seemingly won't make his debut, in the form of Michael Douglas, until Edgar Wright's movie a few months after the release of the second "Avengers," with the supervillain perhaps evolving out of some version of JARVIS, with The Vision representing his more benevolent side. Any way around, we like Bettany, and we're glad to see him landing better roles. "The Avengers: Age Of Ultron" hits theaters on May 1st, 2015.

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  • brandon | February 19, 2014 3:43 PMReply

    I just watched the leaked age of Ultron teaser trailer, it looks good, I was a big fan of the first movie.

    I watched the leaked trailer here in case anyone was wondering

  • brandon | February 19, 2014 3:39 PMReply

    I just watched the leaked age of Ultron teaser trailer, it looks good, I was a big fan of the first movie.

    I watched the leaked trailer here in case anyone was wondering

  • Bixby | February 7, 2014 11:30 AMReply

    Thought Bettany was going to be so much more - (Master & Commander) now its this stuff, The Tourist and Priest?? Sorry - don't get it, don't care...another interchangeable part.

    I coulda' been a contenda'!

  • j | February 7, 2014 7:29 AMReply

    It just all sounds so... silly.

    A more intimate Avengers? Did he really say that? Ha. C'mon man.

  • Mike Tuffley | February 6, 2014 8:50 PMReply

    For the uninitiated author, the Golden Age Vision has nothing to do with the Silver Age creation of Ultron. There was NO retcon. Just used the same name.

  • Tony Stark | February 6, 2014 8:35 PMReply

    This movie is too crowded.

  • John | February 6, 2014 9:34 PM

    @that kid

    There wasn't much character development in the first one anyway. I too was hoping for a more intimate story as suggested by Whedon.

  • That Kid | February 6, 2014 9:31 PM

    Yeah I was thinking this may suffer from character development issues. Anyone else remember Wheadon talking about making a smaller, more personal Avengers?

  • Josh | February 6, 2014 8:52 PM

    So was the LoTR trilogy. Your point?

  • AgentX | February 6, 2014 8:43 PM

    Crowded with awesome.

  • Charles | February 6, 2014 8:32 PMReply

    Benevolent or malevolent?

  • Yo Ma Ma | February 6, 2014 11:18 PM

    Vision is yo mama, Charles.

  • RRA | February 6, 2014 9:26 PM

    Good guy. Starts out as a henchman (robot?) for Ultron, turns face (or good) and becomes an Avengers member.

    Also in the comics, he had a relationship with Scarlet Witch, who'll also be in AVENGERS 2. Oh gee, I wonder if Whedon will play on that?!? #Sarcasm.

  • ALEX | February 6, 2014 8:46 PM

    He was a robot created by Ultron to destroy the Avengers, but then turns on his master and since then has become one of the core members of the Avengers. Very much a hero.

  • Charles | February 6, 2014 8:35 PM

    I guess I'm still confused. Is The Vision a good guy or a bad guy?

  • That Kid | February 6, 2014 8:18 PMReply

    My choice for Brainiac, but I'll take Vision. Could have been a cool Ultron himself.

  • Erick | February 6, 2014 8:14 PMReply

    Bettany is bad ass! About time they've included him into the Marvel Cinematic U proper!

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