UPDATE: Character poster added!
With three weeks to go before Avengers: Age of Ultron comes out, Vision has finally been revealed in all his synthetic glory.
Until now, we've only gotten promo, conceptual or distant images (and a close-up of his eyes in a recent trailer) of the artificial being created by Ultron (James Spader) and portrayed by Paul Bettany, but thanks to Entertainment Weekly, the veil of mystery around the character has been lifted.
The magazine's summer movie preview issues comes in four different Avengers covers that assemble to form this image:
Now, that is still a relatively small picture, but when you see the cover featuring Vision all by itself, here's what you get:
Yep, that's Vision, all right! He looks about as close to the comic-book version as any fan could possibly hope.
The EW story also reveals a few plot details -- some slight spoilers are included, so stop reading now if you don't want to know anything at all. It all begins with HYDRA villain Baron Wolfgang von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann):
Strucker has been using Loki's scepter for human experimentation, which bestowed the siblings with powers of magic (Scarlet Witch) and speed (Quicksilver). But the bad baron piques the interest of Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark for other reasons. "Von Strucker was working on a lot of stuff, including robotics,” says Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. “Tony realizes, '[Those robotics] might be able to help me get over the hump of some of the AI stuff I’ve been working on.'"
Stark's invention, Ultron, is born from the marriage of both men's technologies. Alas, adolescence is a bitch, and Ultron goes rogue, shreds Stark’s other artificial-intelligence program, J.A.R.V.I.S., and gives rise to his own awesome creation: The synthezoid known as the Vision (played by Paul Bettany, who previously voiced J.A.R.V.I.S.).
Press screenings for the film begin tonight, so expect to see a lot more media coverage as we hit the final home stretch before the movie's May 1 release. The rest of the EW covers are below. What do you think of Vision's look?
UPDATE: Marvel has now released a full character poster for The Vision. Check it out below!