Paul Bettany isn’t supposed to tell you anything about Avengers: Age of Ultron.
And he really can’t confirm nor deny whether or not there’s a connection between J.A.R.V.I.S. – Tony Stark’s (aka Iron Man’s) artificial intelligence assistant in the MCU – and The Vision.
Paul Bettany did confirm in April that you won’t just hear his voice in the next Marvel film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bettany confirmed that he will play The Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but that’s all he could say about it.
Last weekend, reporters caught up with Paul at the Dubai Film Festival and again asked him what he could say about his role(s) in the Avengers sequel.
“It’s still a secret. I think all will be revealed very shortly. It’s a secret I’ve kept for about three years, which is really hard, especially with three kids. I’m contractually obliged not to talk about it… J.A.R.V.I.S will be there and so will The Vision. But I simply can’t tell you any more.”
When Paul Bettany was asked whether or not there would be a strong connection between J.A.R.V.I.S. and The Vision, Bettany didn’t deny it. Of course, he didn’t confirm it either.
What’s interesting is that when the title of the Avengers sequel was unveiled, there were quite a few insiders that surmised that the MCU would deviate from the Marvel comics and Ultron would actually be a “J.A.R.V.I.S. gone mad” sort of creation. However, since then, the supposition of experts has changed. Many now think that The Vision will actually be a derivative of J.A.R.V.I.S. – hence Paul Bettany’s performance of both characters.
In the Marvel comics, The Vision is an android created by Ultron to destroy Ultron’s creator, Dr. Hank Pym, (Pym will be played by Michael Douglas in the upcoming Ant-Man film). However, before the android can carry out his mission it is convinced by the Avengers to turn against Ultron.
There’s no doubt that some of this storyline will play out in Avengers: Age of Ultron, though there’s also no doubt that some of it will be changed for the silver screen. First and foremost, by most insider accounts and by what is shown in the Avengers sequel trailer, everyone thinks that Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) somehow inadvertently created the Ultron that we will see in the film. Then, of course, there’s Paul Bettany’s voice. Why cast the same actor that voiced J.A.R.V.I.S. in all the Iron Man and Avengers films to play The Vision unless there was a true connection between the two artificial entities?
What do you think? Is there a connection between J.A.R.V.I.S. and The Vision, or is it just a coincidence that Paul Bettany is playing both roles?