From the San Diego Comic-Con, more news was announced about the much-anticipated upcoming movie The Avengers: Age of Ultron and how James Spader will do as the villain, Ultron. When Chris Evans, who plays Captain America, spoke to MTV, he said that Spader as Ultron will be “Intimidating.” Evans added that “he’s kind of perfect for a Marvel villain.”
While Chris Evans acknowledged the important role that “special effects and explosions” have to play in attracting large audiences of movie-goers, he also emphasized the importance of the “many beautiful bonds between these characters” and gave his thanks to director, Joss Whedon, for making all of the dynamics work.
There is still a lot of work left to be done on The Avengers: Age of Ultron, though much of the movie is close to looking like the final product, how it probably will look like when it premieres. There will reportedly be scenes in the movie of the three-story building, The Avengers’ Tower. It will have labs for Bruce Banner and Tony Stark and even a Quinjet landing pad on its roof.
The stars of the original movie The Avengers will be returning. Besides Chris Evans as Captain America, Robert Downey Jr. will be returning as Iron Man, Mark Ruffalo will be playing Bruce Banner/The Hulk, Jeremy Renner will be back as Hawkeye, Scarlett Johansson reprising her role as the Black Widow and Chris Hemsworth as Thor.
Additional cast members will include James Spader (Ultron), Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen as “The Twins” and Paul Bettany in the role of the android known as The Vision. The Vision is an android that is created by Ultron. Paul Bettany — at least, his voice — has appeared in Marvel movies before. He played the voice of Jarvis, the A.I. companion of Tony Stark.
Other news from Comic-Con that Paul Bettany related about The Avengers: Age of Ultron and his character, The Vision, came in an interview with reporters at Comic-Con, as reported by Crave Online. One bit of news was that Joss Whedon “looked for a way” to allow Bettany to “play another character” other than Jarvis.
The role Bettany finally landed, due to Joss Whedon, was playing The Vision. It could be that the rules of Marvel were bent a little bit, but there is going to be a tie-in made in the movie between Jarvis and The Vision. However, The Vision will have a different-sounding voice. As Paul Bettany put it, “He’s Jarvis, but yoked.”
The Vision will be, as he is in the comic books, a character who is very complex, with a great sense of morality. His perspective of what is moral does not always line up with viewpoints of the other characters, though. One the one hand, The Vision is as naive as a newborn, while one the other hand, he is extremely powerful. Ultron wants to use him, to manipulate him into carrying out his wishes.
Perhaps not surprisingly, The Vision will reportedly feel a bit paternal towards Tony Stark and some of the other characters, but that will not necessarily influence how he behaves as far as pulling his punches. As Bettany said in the interview “Vision is very good at punching.”
At first, The Vision will not have the sassy quality that has been associated with Jarvis, but he “learns exponentially,” so he rapidly develops a sense of irony and he becomes more sassy as The Avengers: Age of Ultron goes on. Bettany related that he will have a cape, though he would not get into the color of it. In the comic books, his cape is yellow.
As in the comic books, The Vision will have the ability of changing his body’s density, This allows his punches to be even stronger and explains his ability to levitate. Bettany stated that a lot of uncomfortable “wirework” was involved, but he did get paid “a lot of money,” which helped ease his discomfort somewhat.
As to Paul Bettany’s opinion of James Spader as Ultron, Bettany talke \d inthe interview about Spader’s ability to “find something that was very human about the relationship that was happening between his character and my character.” Bettany added that Spader has “very arresting eyes and you believe everything he says.”
Fans of The Avengersat the San Diego Comic-Con eagerly anticipated news about The Avengers: The Age of Ultron. They were not disappointed, as Chris Evans, Paul Bettany, Robert Downey Jr. and other cast members were there to provide as many juicy details about the movie set to hit theaters in 2015 as they were allowed to give. Perhaps especially interesting were the details that Bettany and others revealed about The Vision and James Spaders’ role as Ultron.
Written By Douglas Cobb