Marvel Studios brought a teaser trailer for The Avengers: Age of Ultron along with the cast to San Diego Comic-Con in late July. There we got our first look at an early version of James Spader’s villainous Ultron in that footage, along with a few shots of the new “twins”played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen. They play Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, respectively, in the film and help grow the team’s roster. They even got their own Comic-Con exclusive character posters.
The one character who didn’t get his own poster and who didn’t show up in the Age of Ultron footage is The Vision, the other key new character played by Paul Bettany, who so far has only doing voice work for all the films that include Iron Man. To fit nine characters on eight posters, Vision appears in the background of the Quicksilver poster (seen below) but is facing away from our view point. That’s very intentional
For one reason or another, the early marketing for The Avengers sequel is avoiding any sort of major reveal of the Vision. Paul Bettany wasn’t even officially announced to play the character (even though we all knew he was) until that Comic-Con event.
That’s why when an Instagram photo appeared over the weekend of a man standing in front of promotional art for The Avengers: Age of Ultron, it was a big deal that it featured the best look yet at The Vision. We could finally see his face! Now we have an even better look at the character thanks to a leaked design concept seemingly used for upcoming figure(s) by Hot Toys and Sideshow Collectibles.
[Update: Image removed at the request of Sideshow Collectibles]
Paul Bettany’s face shines through and you can see from the colors and design how close to the Marvel Comics designs this really is. We have the red face with the greenish torso and headpiece, down the the curved design and forehead bit. The Vision even has the yellow cape, something Paul Bettany confirmed to us when we chatted with him at Comic-Con about the character’s costume and powers. One slight difference is with the red boots and gold-and-red gauntlets, perhaps taking inspiration from Iron Man armor designs which makes sense given Vision’s origins in the film.
While not an official image, it looks real and you can expect premium figures to be made of all The Avengers 2 characters, just like all of the previous movie characters got them. Those were even on display at Comic-Con this year as well so expect to see a figure of this in the near future.
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The Avengers: Age of Ultron releases in theaters on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, Captain America 3 on May 6 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on July 28, 2017, and unannounced films for July 8 2016 and May 5 2017, November 3 2017, July 6 2018, November 2 2018 and May 3 2019.
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