The last few days we’ve been caught in an avalanche of new details and official releases about Avengers: Age of Ultron, yet, in the midst of everything we know about the film, both new and old, there’s one new character we haven’t heard that much about, the android Vision. The part’s been cast, so we know he’ll show up in the film, and we also know that Vision’s origins are tied with Ultron’s, which makes his inclusion in the film not so surprising. But now, for the first time, we’re learning that movie Vision, and comic book Vision will have very similar backgrounds.
As I’m sure you all know, the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly is a bonanza of Age of Ultron spoilers, included among them is this latest news that the origin of the Vision character played by Paul Bettany will play very closely in the movie to the origin of Vision in the comic books. In the comic, Vision was created by Ultron, and in the movie, it seems as though Vision will be a creation of the movie’s big bad too.
…the Vision, a synthetic, superpowered human designed 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.
As previously revealed, Ultron will be the invention of Tony Stark in the Avengers sequel, an attempt by the inventor to create a way for himself and his teammates to divest themselves from the demands of non-stop heroing. In the comic books, where Ultron is the invention of Ant-Man Hank Pym, the villain also creates Vision to make a point to his “father,” creating the entity Vision to infiltrate the Avengers and bring them down.
As to the casting of the Vision, by using an actor who’s had a substantive role in the film series so far, writer/director Joss Whedon tip-toed around the obvious question, and the even more obvious answer.
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.
Look for more information about Avengers: Age of Ultron to come out next weekend at San Diego Comic Con. The movie itself will be in theaters everywhere on May 1, 2015.