Paul Bettany is no stranger to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, having provided the voice for J.A.R.V.I.S in Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Avengers/Avengers Assemble and Iron Man 3, but he’s set to make his first on-screen appearance as The Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Speaking with an Australian news outlet, Bettany has spoken about the role and announced he has the standard multi-picture deal post Avengers: Age of Ultron.
“That’s the really great thing about the Marvel gig for me,” Bettany told the news outlet “I have never known if I have had a job six months out ever in my life. And now I know that they have plans and I can be even more judicious about the stuff that I do outside of that work. I can wait for the right thing and feel really attached to it.”
Amazingly, Bettany seems to have not seen any of the previous Marvel movies as he had to do “research” for his role as The Vision.
“I did a lot of research — and my research was watching all of the films,” he said, laughing. “I realised they are so interlinked and I wanted to understand the universe I was in. So I did and it was a really amazing, fun experience — especially going from my tiny, 20-day movie with no money and no trailers to this behemoth film was just great.” He added.
“Everybody made me feel really at home and I have no bad stories — they are really funny people and really creative. I have never seen sets that big in my whole career. I have never seen set pieces like it — we were in a set that felt like a town.”
Avengers: Age of Ultron is set for release in the UK on April 24th 2015 and North America on May 1st 2015, with Joss Whedon directing a cast that includes Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (The Incredible Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Paul Bettany (JARVIS / The Vision), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), James Spader (Ultron), Thomas Kretschmann (Baron Strucker), Josh Brolin (Thanos), Claudia Kim (Dr. Cho) and Andy Serkis (Ulysses Klaw).