Entertainment Weekly is giving Avengers: Age of Ultron fans a first look at Paul Bettany as The Vision, and what a vision he is! The character will be introduced in the Marvel Studios movie, in theaters May 1. Until this week, only a close-up of the character's face had been featured in the superhero film's trailers.
The Vision appears on one of four collector's edition covers from the magazine's Apr. 17/25, 2015 double issue. He shares the honor with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo).
Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) team up for another cover, while another features Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). Ultron (James Spader) is the only character to receive a solo cover. Some characters are notably M.I.A. After all, where's Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson)?
Marvel Studios also tweeted a character poster for The Vision on Thursday.
Age of Ultron, a sequel to 2012's The Avengers, introduces audiences to Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, courtesy of new HYDRA villain Baron Wolfgang von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann). Using Loki's (Tom Hiddleston) scepter for human experimentation, Strucker gives the twins the gifts of magic and speed.
However, his work catches Tony Stark's eye for other reasons.
"Von Strucker was working on a lot of stuff, including robotics," Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige says. "Tony realizes, '[Those robotics] might be able to help me get over the hump of some of the A.I. stuff I've been working on.'" After combining their technologies, Ultron is created. Unfortunately, Ultron goes rogue and destroys Stark's other artificial-intelligence program, J.A.R.V.I.S. In doing so, Ultron creates a new kind of synthezoid, The Vision (played by Bettany, who previously voiced J.A.R.V.I.S.).
Avengers: Age of Ultron also features Hayley Atwell, Linda Cardellini, Don Cheadle, Julie Delpy, Idris Elba, Claudia Kim, Anthony Mackie, Andy Serkis, Stellan Skarsgård, Cobie Smulders, among other stars.
Per usual, Avengers co-creator Stan Lee makes a cameo appearance in the film.
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