We’ve heard Paul Bettany’s voice in three Iron Man movies and The Avengers, as Tony Stark’s artificial intelligence butler J.A.R.V.I.S. However it appears he may now be getting a body, as The Daily Mail and Variety have confirmed that Bettany is set to play Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Last August, many wondered whether Bettany would be playing Ultron in the highly-anticipated sequel, as it’s believed the big bad guy would be a corruption of Stark’s tech, so it would have made sense if Bettany had taken the part. However then Marvel announced James Spader was Ultron.
Since then there has been hints that Bettany would be Vision instead, an android created by Ultron in the Marvel comic books. Now that’s been confirmed.
The Daily Mail reports that Bettany and Jeremy Rener has been spotted at London’s Shepperton Studios, where Avengers: Age of Ultron is gearing up to start production next month. Both actors met with director Joss Whedon and performed a series of costume, hair and makeup tests. It’s said makeup experts were using various powders on Paul Bettany’s skin, trying to replicate Vision’s chalky-white complexion.
It’s difficult to say exactly how Vision plays into the movie, as he has a rather complicated history in Marvel comics and there have been various version of him. It’s most likely Ultron will create Vision as a housing for a corrupted version of Tony Stark’s AI technology.