Vision Actor Paul Bettany Teases ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Abilities [Video]
He couldn’t reveal much on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last Friday night, but Avengers: Age of Ultron star Paul Bettany was able to tease some information about his transition from voicing Tony Stark’s AI Jarvis in the Iron Man movies to going full-fledged Vision on May 1, 2015.
After promoting his new role in Transcendence, Kimmel dug into Bettany’s synthezoid role, asking what his powers would be in the film.
“Oh, I can do all sorts of things, but I’m not allowed to really talk about them, and what we’re going to do because there might be a Marvel agent in the room who will actually wrestle me to the ground and fire me,” Bettany (presumably) joked.
Kimmel noted that it wouldn’t necessarily be a huge spoiler. After all, creators Roy Thomas and John Buscema debuted the character way back in Avengers #57 in 1968. Bettany clarified that the cinematic version could differ since filmmakers can “pick and choose,” which abilities the character might possess to suit the new narrative. In the comics, Vision is an android created by Ultron who can manipulate his molecular density, an ability that effectively gives him super strength, durability, the power of flight, the power to phase through solid objects and… a lot more (like shooting blasts of solar energy through a jewel in his forehead). That said, Kimmel’s response that it’s more a question of what powers Bettany’s version of The Vision won’t have is pretty apt.
For his part, Bettany seems excited about the role, even if it means more of a time commitment.
“…It’s very exciting for me but everything is a double-edged sword , right? Because I was playing Jarvis for years. My job was I would turn up at a recording studio for 45 minutes, do all my stuff and they’d give me a huge bag of cash and then I’d go home,” said Bettany, “And now it turns out they’ve found me out and they want me to actually, you know, do something.”
When asked whether people were aware that he is the voice of Jarvis in the Iron Man movies, Bettany replied, “Yeah sometimes. On one level it’s flattering and on another level it’s totally irritating that I’ve got this canon of work but my children are like, ‘You’re Jarvis? You’re Jarvis dad.’”