In the immediate aftermath of The Avengers, there was a contingent of fans who wanted Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) to return from the dead and play The Vision, an android created by Ultron to destroy the supergroup but who eventually joins the team to take down the supervillain. Joss Whedon, Kevin Feige, and the Marvel higher-ups have decided to use “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” to explain how Coulson survived Loki’s thought-to-be-fatal stabbing, and now Variety reports that The Vision will be played by someone totally different (but not unfamiliar to the Marvel Cinematic Universe): Paul Bettany.
Bettany, who has provided the voice of Tony Stark’s artificial intelligence servant JARVIS in the Iron Man films and The Avengers, will move into the live action realm of the Marvel movies for this performance. It makes sense when you look at the larger picture: in the comics, Ultron was created by Ant-Man creator Hank Pym, but it seems as if Whedon is setting Tony Stark as the creator in the movies – and having one of Stark’s creations also create an android who uses the voice of JARVIS sounds like a pretty clever way to incorporate some new characters and differentiate the timeline (and the “who created whom” conundrum) for the film universe.
Bettany has certainly put his time in, so it’s cool to see his patience being rewarded with a big role like this so many years after initially working with Marvel. He’s a great actor (his performance in Master and Commander is my personal favorite), and he’s definitely proven he has the physicality to mix it up in an action movie (see: Priest, Legion).
Elsewhere, Latino-Review (who have always been pretty reliable when it comes to Marvel scoops) is saying that Ms. Marvel is the last major role to be cast in Whedon’s superhero sequel, and that seems to confirm a lot of speculation that Ms. Marvel will be the first female superhero character from this iteration of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to get her own spin-off. (Don’t forget about Elektra…or, better yet, go ahead and forget about it.) I’m still not quite sure why they haven’t given Black Widow her own spin-off movie, but hey – I’m down for seeing what they can do with Ms. Marvel if that’s the route they’re choosing to take.
What do you guys think about all of this Marvel news? How do you think Bettany will do as The Vision? And who should play Ms. Marvel? Sound off in the comments below.
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