We’re just weeks away from the Avengers return to the big screen in Avengers: Age Of Ultron, and this time around the super team is getting some new recruits, chief among is an android known as The Vision.
Created in October of 1968 by Stan Lee and Roy Thomas, The Vision was introduced in Avengers #57, and from there on has cemented himself as both a core member of the superhero team, as well as the wider Marvel Universe. While he is a capable asset to the side of good, and can hold his own in a fight with abilities that include flight, density manipulation, and the ability to project solar energy, the Vision has always been a means by which readers could look at and examine the human condition as he is every bit a man, save for his robotic construction.
In Avengers: Age Of Ultron, the Vision represents a new opportunity for the franchise, and especially for actor Paul Bettany who has so far only ever been heard, but not seen, as Tony Stark’s resident A.I. system J.A.R.V.I.S, but all that is about to change. Bettany admitted that he really lucked out to being cast as the character, but that it’s a challenge that he was definitely up for.
Opening up about what intrigued him about the character Bettany remarked, “The thing that appealed to me is that this sort of nascent creature being born, being both omnipotent and totally naive, the sort of danger of that and complex nature of a thing being born that is that powerful and that created in a second and the choices he makes morally are really complex and interesting. They’ve really managed to maintain all of that”. He’s also mentioned that the character will have a close relationship with Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch, which will also be explored within the film.
Just like with the characters of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, the Vision is another great opportunity for Joss Whedon to open up the wider world of the Marvel Universe. and we’ll be watching with eager anticipation on April 23.