As the magic day — the first of May — approaches, the promotion onslaught for Avengers: Age of Ultron will begin in earnest. But for a film that looks like this much fun, I don’t think anyone is going to mind! Just watch the third TV commercial:
Did you catch the first clear, full-face shot of the Vision right there at the end, or did you blink? He’s the red-faced guy.
As a public service, here are the first and second TV spots, and the amazing full-length movie trailer.
Everyone knows that next summer’s Avengers: Age of Ultron is going to feature the Vision, the “synthezoid” artificial life form, but no one really knew much about how the character — played by the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S., Paul Bettany — would look.
Web site IO9 obtained this image, apparently from Sideshow Collectibles, showing concept art of the Vision. The fact that it probably came from Sideshow makes me think maybe this is a design for one of the company’s high-end collectible statues — which are known for their painstaking accuracy. So if this is that, we can rest assured that the Vision will look exactly as depicted.
Here’s that elaborate poster for Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron in all its robot-fightin’ glory.
Say, is that the Vision in the upper left, way in the back, acting all float-y? I think it is!
I wonder when the movie opens…?
Now that we’ve all had time to ruminate on the addition of the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver to Avengers: Age of Ultron for better (Wanda) or worse (Pietro), what about that other new Avenger, the Vision?
android synthezoid is familiar to fans of the comic book, but he may come as a shock to moviegoers — especially if he is created as a weapon by Ultron to destroy Earth’s Mightiest Heroes but falls in love with Wanda, as he did in the comics!
Paul Bettany — known until now as the voice of Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr.) artificial intelligence J.A.R.V.I.S. — will play the artificial lifeform in the movie, and he went on Jimmy Kimmel Live last week to
not really say anything tease his role:
“Oh, I can do all sorts of things [as the Vision], but I’m not allowed to really talk about them and what we’re going to do, because there might be a Marvel agent in the room who will actually wrestle me to the ground and fire me…. It’s very exciting for me, but everything is a double-edged sword, right? Because I was playing J.A.R.V.I.S. for years, and my job was, I would turn up at a recording studio for 45 minutes, do all my stuff, and then they would give me a huge bag of cash and then I’d go home. Now it turns out they’ve found me out and they want me to actually do something!”
In the comics, the Vision’s coolest power by far is the ability to render himself immaterial and then plunge a hand into a person or machine and solidify, thereby disrupting that person or machine, rendering him/it unconscious/inert. It’s the kind of thing that could look really great onscreen.
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.