The Vision: Paul Bettany Talks New Avengers Character

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There seems to be a lot of speculation and confusion about The Vision in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron movie. The speculation is awesome because that means that fans are excited to see The Vision show up and are interested to see how the Marvel Cinematic Universe plays with the popular character. The confusion, on the other hand, seems to come from a slight lack of understanding about the comics and how people talk.

Paul Bettany did a recent interview and was asked once again about The Vision. The actor is still under a confidentiality agreement and it turns out he has been for longer than anyone thought. Here is what he said.

“It’s still a secret. I think all will be revealed very shortly. It’s a secret I’ve kept for about three years, which is really hard, especially with three kids. I’m contractually obliged not to talk about it. J.A.R.V.I.S will be there and so will The Vision. But I simply can’t tell you anymore.”

First of all – wow. Marvel has known for over three years that they were bringing The Vision to the big screen and the news never leaked until 10 months ago. That is how you keep privacy (take that Sony!). Marvel obviously has big plans for the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it is clear that, regardless of what people think and what Marvel says, they have this stuff planned out for years in advance.

However, the confusion comes when some outlets seem to think that the Bettany statement means that J.A.R.V.I.S. and The Vision have to be two different characters since Bettany said that both will be in the movie. Strangely, the author of that piece also seemed to think that J.A.R.V.I.S. becoming The Vision would have been a “significant departure” from the origin in the comics – which makes no sense.

Let’s go back to the comics.

Hank Pym created the robot Ultron to be an ultimate weapon for peace, but when Ultron’s AI decided that the greatest danger to earth was the humans, it set out to save the world by eradicating all humans. That made Ultron the Avengers most powerful enemy, a robot that believed that believed it was trying to save the world. Ultron then created his own creation, the synthezoid The Vision. To create The Vision, Ultron took the body of the World War II superhero robot The Human Torch and implemented the brainwaves of a deceased Avenger, Wonder Man. Then, just as Ultron turned on his creator, The Vision also turned on his creator and became an Avenger.

There is no reason that can’t work in the movies. Basically, we have already surmised that Tony Stark built Ultron for the same reason that Hank Pym did in the comics. So, there is no reason that Ultron won’t make The Vision to be his minion, creating him with the brainwaves of Stark’s ultimate AI and alley J.A.R.V.I.S. It would be the exact same, except using J.A.R.V.I.S. instead of Wonder Man.

Whether they do it or not is a different story. What are your thoughts? Will Avengers: Age of Ultron stick with a similar origin for The Vision as the comics? Chime in below with your thoughts. Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters on May 1, 2015.

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Shawn S. Lealos
Shawn is a film critic with over 25 years of experience in print and online media. He is a member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle and loves everything from critically acclaimed movies to B-level action flicks.
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