With all of the buzz around the Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, and Ultron appearing in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, it might be easy to forget that the Vision, a fan favorite character from the Avengers comic books with deep ties to the film’s maniacal robot adversary, is also making his silver screen debut in director Joss Whedon’s sequel. That’s a shame because, as all of the concept art suggests, the Vision’s big-screen appearance looks to be stunning. However, if you watched Marvel: 75 Years, From Pulp to Pop! last night on ABC, eagle-eyed viewers caught a fleeting glimpse of the Avengers’ favorite synthezoid.
As ComicBook.com points out, during the Marvel special, a brief clip buzzed by of Elizabeth Olsen as the Scarlet Witch during her best to look intimidating as Wanda Maximoff. If you squint sideways and to her left, you can just make out the Vision, albeit the back of his head. While I doubt that any onscreen shenanigans will occur between the android and the Witch this early in the game, it’s interesting to see a screenshot of these two together, as the duo are on-again, off-again lovers (yeah, that’s what I said) in the Marvel comic book universe. Perhaps the two characters will form a friendship that’s a nod to fans and an homage to the Vision and the Scarlet Witch’s comic book relationship.
While some viewers might dismiss this observation, the clip of the Vision does match up with concept art we’ve seen before, including the Ultron poster released during the San Diego Comic Con and rumored concept art leaked earlier this year. In addition, Marvel seems to be working on some cross-media synergy by altering the android’s look for his role in the relaunched Uncanny Avengers following its Avengers & X-Men: Axis comic book crossover event.
On a related note, it appears that the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver will join their fellow Avengers in the Uncanny relaunch, judging from the first issue’s cover. Say what you want about Marvel, but the company is getting very adept at managing the homogenization of their media to at least somewhat match up with one another. From the Scarlet Witch (who has already been appearing in the first run of Uncanny) to Quicksilver rejoining the Avengers fold to the look of the Vision matching in both film and in the comics, it’s clear that Marvel wants to really capitalize on the movie’s appeal drawing in new readers. Hell, we’re also getting a new Ant-Man comic to coincide with the Paul Rudd/Michael Douglas film hitting theaters in July. Marvel has its eye on the ball. It’ll be interesting to see if DC does the same when its stable of films starts trickling out.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron debuts on the silver screen May 1, 2015.