What?! Paul Bettany to Play The Vision in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'
While rumors have swirled that Clark Gregg's character Agent Coulson could end up on The Avengers as The Vision (his fate is now revealed on the clunky ABC series "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.") or that Vin Diesel might play the character from the Marvel comics, we now have an interesting development that shakes up those theories and more. Variety has confirmed a report from The Daily Mail that Paul Bettany (from A Beautiful Mind, Priest) who already has a place in Marvel's film universe as the voice of Tony Stark's artificially intelligent assistant JARVIS, has been cast as The Vision in The Avengers: Age of Ulton.
Yeah, we'll just let that soak in. For those who don't know, according to the Marvel Wiki, The Vision "possesses a number of superhuman powers ultimately derived from his artificial substance and metabolism. The Vision's android body is functioning replica of a human body containing analogues to virtually all human organs, blood, and tissue, composed of an unrevealed synthetic organic-like substance. This substance mimics all the functions of human tissue, but is several times as strong, durable and resilient." But he also has the ability to fire beams of infra-red and microwave radiation, use a hologram force to render himself invisible, fly and much more.
So what does this mean for the story? Well, it likely means that any theories about JARVIS going rogue and turning into Ultron are bogus. After all, they got a little shaky when James Spader was cast as the title villain, so that's not surprising. However, in the comic books, The Vision was an android created by Ultron as a henchman, but he turns on his creator and joins the Avengers instead. This could mean that JARVIS might have something to do with how Ultron creates The Vision, or maybe Bettany just happened to be the best guy for the role. Either way, with this addition and Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, this sequel is going to be out of control. Sound good?