Paul Bettany cast in The Avengers Age of Ultron. The casting of Paul Bettany in The Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) answers the question of who will would play a key, synthetic character in the Joss Whedon directed film. Paul Bettany has been cast as Vision, an android created by Ultron (James Spader) in the comic book Marvel universe.
In The Avengers: Age of Ultron, there is speculation, probably valid speculation, that Vision will be the creation of Anthony ‘Tony’ Stark (Robert Downey Jr). This will possibly occur out of his Mark suit experiments and is given more credence since Paul Bettany is already the voice of Tony’s laconic A.I. operating system Jarvis.
On Vision’s comic book origin:
The robot Ultron is the creator of the Vision, a type of android he calls a “synthezoid”, for use against Ultron’s own creator, Dr. Henry Pym (Ant-Man/Giant Man/Goliath/Yellowjacket) and Pym’s wife, Janet van Dyne (the Wasp) of the superhero team the Avengers. Ultron sends his new servant to lead the Avengers into a trap. The Wasp is the first to encounter the synthezoid, and describes it as a “vision” while trying to escape. Adopting the name, the Vision is convinced by the Avengers to turn against Ultron. After learning how Ultron created him, using the brain patterns of then-deceased Simon Williams (Wonder Man), the Vision becomes a member of the team. The team initially believes the Vision’s body was created from that of the android original Human Torch. The Avengers later are told that the time lord Immortus used the power of the Forever Crystal to split the original Human Torch into two entities – one body remained the original Torch while Ultron rebuilt the other as the Vision. This was part of his plan to nurture a relationship for the Scarlet Witch that would prevent her from having any children, as her power level meant that any offspring she might have could threaten the cosmic beings of the Marvel Universe.
Not long after joining the team, the Vision is temporarily controlled by Ultron, and rebuilds Ultron of adamantium, battling the Avengers before regaining control of himself. Shortly after that, the Vision first meets Wanda Maximoff, the mutant Scarlet Witch, with whom he later becomes romantically involved. The two eventually marry and, via the Scarlet Witch’s hex powers, they have twin boys named Thomas and William.
On Vision’s abilities:
The Vision is described as being “…every inch a human being—except that all of his bodily organs are constructed of synthetic materials.” The Solar Jewel on the Vision’s forehead absorbs ambient solar energy to provide the needed power for him to function, and he is also capable of discharging this energy as optic beams; with this, he can fire beams of infrared and microwave radiation. In extreme cases he can discharge this same power through the Solar Jewel itself which amplifies its destructive effects considerably, albeit at the cost of losing most of his resources. The Vision also possesses the ability to manipulate his density, which at its lowest allows flight and a ghostly, phasing intangibility, and at its heaviest provides superhuman strength, immovability, and a diamond-hard near invulnerability. The Vision is capable of reaching a density ten times greater than that of depleted uranium.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron cast also includes Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Cobie Smulders, Jeremy Renner, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, and Anthony Mackie.
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