Of all the reveals concerning the main cast of the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron (just three more weeks!), the reveal of Vision is the most recent. The android character has been a part of the Avengers in comic book form for decades, so to nerds of a certain persuasion this is going to be a pretty big addition to the repertoire of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now you may recall that last month a character poster was released for everyone in the movie, up to and including Ultron, but Vision was suspiciously absent. But now that he’s been shown in full courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, Vision can take center stage in his own piece of promo.
Behold! The Vision (courtesy of Marvel).
It’s kind of interesting to see Paul Bettany in the (sorta) flesh, isn’t it? He’s been a part of the MCU since the first Iron Man as Tony Stark’s faithful man servant disembodied computer assistant. So how does J.A.R.V.I.S. end up becoming Vision? Well Entertainment Weekly has some insight into that too. (Beware the horror of SPOILERS!)
Strucker has been using Loki’s scepter for human experimentation, which bestowed the siblings with powers of magic (Scarlet Witch) and speed (Quicksilver). But the bad baron piques the interest of Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark for other reasons. “Von Strucker was working on a lot of stuff, including robotics,” says Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. “Tony realizes, ‘[Those robotics] might be able to help me get over the hump of some of the AI stuff I’ve been working on.’?”
Stark’s invention, Ultron, is born from the marriage of both men’s technologies. Alas, adolescence is a bitch, and Ultron goes rogue, shreds Stark’s other artificial-intelligence program, J.A.R.V.I.S., and gives rise to his own awesome creation: the synthezoid known as the Vision (played by Paul Bettany, who previously voiced J.A.R.V.I.S.).
We’ll get the whole story when Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters everywhere on May 1.