Now that we know The Vision will be in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, a report has surfaced about how he might look.
As revealed this morning, British actor Paul Bettany will play The Vision in Joss Whedon's follow-up to his first Avengers outing. With production gearing up to start next month, it's not surprising to learn that a design for the character has been underway for some time.
But will that design follow the look most of us are familiar with from the comics? Well, Comic Book Therapy has a trusted source with access to Shepperton Studios in England, where the movie is slated to begin filming, that has supposedly seen the Vision's costume. Their description:
It has a helmet akin to the Iron Man armor, but it’s designed more like a face than a smooth Stark helmet. The iconic yellow and green are present in the design, but it’s more metallic shades than bright "comic book colors." They said it reminds them somewhat of the T-100 from Terminator 2 but it’s not as shiny. The yellow metal “liquid” bits seem to light up. This may or may not happen since there are two designs for that section. One lights up the other doesn’t. That’s the only difference. The cape is present, but they say it appears to only “pop out” when in flight mode. The cap sports some similar shades of yellow as the body. The “neck pieces” are the same yellow but they seem to shift positions from “standing” (for lack of a better word) to “flight mode.”
The report also indicates that the design has not been completely finalized, especially with regards to the mask/face and how it will incorporate Bettany's own features. Reports of the actor wearing "chalk white" makeup in some tests he did at the studio are also inconclusive. Whedon and Marvel execs have been going over the design and the report says that they "want to make certain that audiences don’t think of Vision as just a colorful copy of Iron Man."
We still don't know for certain if the casting of Bettany -- who has voiced J.A.R.V.I.S. in The Avengers and the three Iron Man movies -- means that Tony Stark's A.I. personal assistant will undergo the transformation to the Vision, although that's looking likely. Either way, at this point, we trust Whedon and the Marvel brain trust to come up with a big-screen Vision that will look good on film and pay homage to the legendary character's comic book persona. Do you?
The Avengers: Age of Ultron is out in theaters May 1, 2015