Written by Zac Platt.
The OK-it’s-getting-silly-now sized cast of The Avengers: Age of Ultron has grown by one more with the announcement that The Vision is joining the titular team in Joss Whedon’s upcoming superhero epic. THR have revealed that Paul Bettany will graduate from voicing Tony Stark’s AI assistant Jarvis to play the iconic android. In the comics The Vision is created by Ultron (James Spader in the movie) to use against his creator Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), but ends up switching sides and joining the Avengers.
Logic would dictate that Paul Bettany scoring the role means that Jarvis will gain sentience and transform into The Vision in this interpretation. It sounds like Marvel Studios are finding creative ways to streamline the convoluted source material to make it all fit organically in their blockbuster franchise. It’s not dissimilar to the rumoured re-imagining of new Avengers Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), who were the originally the children of X-Men villain Magneto in the comics, but apparently disciples of Hydra leader Baron Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann) in the film.
Paul Bettany certainly fits the regal manor of The Vision, which could prove another fun dynamic for the already diverse team. But despite likely being a key role in the story, it’s hard to imagine him getting much screen-time amongst the original six Avengers, the two new ones, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), War Machine (Don Cheadle), the two villains, and possibly Hank Pym and the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) as well. Maybe Marvel Studios will have Age of Ultron see a few of these heroes kick the bucket to try and rein in the franchise? Perhaps a certain Iron Man star who’s multi-film contract has finished up and is openly milking the studio for everything their worth??