Back in August, a report surfaced that revealed Paul Bettany might be playing Ultron in the highly-anticipated sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron. One day later, Marvel threw a curveball at fans, announcing that James Spader was the villain. That initial report hinted at Paul Bettany playing Vision instead, an android created by Ultron in the Marvel comic books. Today, The Daily Mail first claimed that Paul Bettany is, in fact, portraying Vision, which was soon confirmed by Variety.
The Daily Mail reports that the actor was spotted at London's Shepperton Studios, where Avengers: Age of Ultron is gearing up to start production next month. The actor was seen alongside Jeremy Renner, who plays Hawkeye. Both actors met with director Joss Whedon and performed a series of costume, hair and makeup tests and worked with the stuntmen and armorers, where the production is working under the code name "After Party."
Makeup experts were using various powders on Paul Bettany's skin, trying to replicate Vision's chalky-white complexion. A Marvel representative would not comment on production. It isn't known if the actor will be pulling double-duty as both the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S. and Vision. While Vision is known for having a bright red face, he did start out with chalky white skin when he was first introduced in Marvel Mystery Comics #13.
In the comics, Ultron was originally created by Hank Pym, but it's been hinted that in this sequel, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) accidentally creates Ultron. At the time of the August report, it would make sense that Tony Stark's J.A.R.V.I.S., or some form of his A.I. software, would become Ultron, but we know now that is not the case. Vision emerged in the Marvel comics back in the 1960s, an android created by Ultron to be used as a weapon against the Avengers. Vision ultimately turns the table against his creator, and becomes a member of the Avengers, eventually marrying Scarlet Witch, who is being played by Elizabeth Olsen in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Vision's powers include the ability to fire radiation beams and he can use a hologram force that makes him invisible.
Joss Whedon is directing Avengers: Age of Ultron from his own script, with production scheduled to begin next month in the U.K. and South Africa. What do you think about these latest developments? Do you think Paul Bettany is the right choice for Vision?