What many have suspected for a while has finally come to pass: Paul Bettany — perhaps best known as the voice od J.A.R.V.I.S. in the Iron Man movies or as Mr. Jennifer Connelly — will play the Vision in next year’s Avengers: The Age of Ultron, according to Variety.
Obviously Bettany’s voice will be easily recognizable to viewers, so writer/director Joss Whedon will have to come up with some way to link J.A.R.V.I.S. and Vision. In the comics, Vision was a synthetic being created by Ultron to destroy the Avengers, but he ended up turning on his creator and joining up with the good guys. Eventually he married the Scarlet Witch — who will appear in A:AoU, played by Elizabeth Olsen.
We already know the movie story will have Ultron created by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) instead of Hank Pym (as in the comics), and Stark also created J.A.R.V.I.S., so it shouldn’t be hard to link the adamantium robot with the artificial intelligence.
The report claims that producers already “did a series of makeup tests and worked with stuntmen and armorers. Makeup experts were using various powders and potions on Bettany’s pale skin to bring about the Vision’s chalk-white complexion.”
That tells us two things: Joss is not planning a totally CGI Vision (at least at this point), and the reference to him being chalk-white recalls the version of the character from the “Vision Quest” story — although it seems impossible to use that actual plotline, so perhaps the-powers-that-be just like the idea of him being colorless instead of having a blood-red face.
I’ve always liked the Vision, so it’s nice to have him joining the franchise. And this also lays to rest all the fan gossip about Special Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) eventually becoming the synthezoid character.