Friday, February 7, 2014

Paul Bettany Cast as The Vision in THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

Avengers fans are about to learn that even an android can cry.

The Hollywood Reporter has word that British actor Paul Bettany has been cast as The Vision in Joss Whedon's upcoming The Avengers: Age of UltronBettany, of course, has been known as the voice of Tony Stark's artificial intelligence system J.A.R.V.I.S. (Just A Rather Very Intelligent System) in the three Iron Man films as the first Avengers movie.

In addition to the returning cast of Avengers, Bettany joins Elizabeth Olsen as The Scarlet Witch, Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver, James Spader as lead villain Ultron, and Thomas Kretschmann as Baron Strucker.

Created by Roy Thomas and John Buscema in The Avengers (vol.1) #57 in 1968, The Vision was created by Ultron to use against his creator, Dr. Henry Pym.  The synthezoid was constructed using the brain patterns of then-deceased Avenger Simon Williams, a.k.a. Wonder Man, housed inside a copy of the original android Human Torch that was created by Immortus.

The decision to introduce The Vision sets up some intriguing elements for The Avengers: Age of Ultron, as well as Ant-Man, the first film in Wave Three of Marvel's Cinematic Universe.  In the comics, The Vision becomes romantically involved with the Scarlet Witch, eventually marrying her at one point.  This often puts him at odds with Quicksilver, who is fiercely protective of his sister.  And with Michael Douglas revealed as playing Hank Pym in Ant-Man, it would seem something of a wasted opportunity to not include him in Age of Ultron, if only in a cameo that encourages people to check out Ant-Man.

And for those who remember, the android Human Torch appeared in a three-second cameo in Captain America: The First AvengerIn the Stark Expo sequence, Phineas Horton's android creation is shown on display in an oxygen-deprived glass tube, so it seems likely that Ultron uses the android to create The Vision.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron arrives in theaters on May 1, 2015, while Ant-Man is scheduled for July 17th that same year.

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