By Sarah Jayne Alexander
Before the phenomenally successful Avengers sequel was revealed last summer at Comic Con, Paul Bettany has only been known in the Marvel Universe as the voice of the ever helpful AI – J.A.R.V.I.S in the Iron Man cinematic trilogy. Receiving a substantial upgrade, he will appear in Joss Whedon’s 2015 release as a performance-voiced character called ‘The Vision’ who is similar to the android James Spader (Stargate/The Blacklist) is portraying in the same film.
This new image sees a solitarily ‘Vision’ surround by Nick Fury’s Avengers wearing his true-to-comic style green, red and yellow armour (with a glimpse of his cape) and the CGI enhanced face of Paul Bettany. The image emerged yesterday unexpectedly after a fan (Israel06) attending an International Disney event noticed an unreleased image on an overhead banner and took a few quick snaps before uploading them to his Instagram. Although released unofficially, the almost fully revealed Vision has been met with seemingly positive feedback and praise from fans with comments focusing on the fact that like with all other Marvel cinematic characters thus far-he has remained true to the original comics created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby in 1940 and later rebooted by Stan Lee and Roy Thomas in 1970 (the one we will see joining the Avengers in 2015)
Throughout filming and all of the officially released promo trailers and artwork since, Marvel have been reluctant to reveal to fans what The Vision will actually look like and what sort of scenes/battles he can be expected to show up in. Instead they have focused on the original team members-Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, Iron Man, Hawkeye, the mighty Hulk and of course, the villain of the film –Ultron with newcomers Quicksilver and the Scarlett Witch played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olson (Godzilla).
The Vision’s back story goes that he was originally created by another android ‘Ultron’ to use as a weapon against his own creator-a character named ‘Hank Pym’ (who is also known as his alter-ego character ‘Ant-Man) who will be played by Paul Rudd in the forthcoming Marvel release in 2015. After overriding his programming with help from the Avengers, the android known as a ‘synthezoid’ joins the team and aids them in their battle against Ultron. Hurrah! We will for now though, refrain from revealing any more spoilers and leave you with the newly released artwork and International trailer to look at instead.
Avengers: Age Of Ultron also stars Andy Serkis (Star Wars VII) , Samuel L. Jackson reprising his role as Nick Fury and Stellan Skarsgård plus a few other characters making a return. Directed by Joss Whedon and Executively Produced by Kevin Feige P.G.A
Avengers: Age Of Ultron is set to hit cinemas on April 24 2015.