Paul Bettany Rumored for 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

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Before we get into the details here, first things first: Number One, this is a rumor (for now) that started in the U.K. tabloids, so take it with a grain of salt. Number Two, mild potential spoilers lie ahead, so beware.

Number Three? The reporter in question, Baz Bamigboye of the Daily Mail, is generally pretty reliable, and the gist of his latest report seems more or less in line with what little we've heard about The Avengers: Age of Ultron, so he really could be on to something here.

Now that all that is out of the way, here it is: Paul Bettany, heretofore known in the Marvel Universe as the voice of Tony Stark's AI manservant Jarvis, has supposedly signed on to play the Vision in Age of Ultron. As comics fans know, the Vision is one of Marvel's favorite androids -- although he was built by the evil Ultron as part of a plan to defeat the Avengers, he ended up joining the team, falling in love with the Scarlet Witch, and somehow fathering children.

In the comics, Ultron was created by Henry "Ant-Man" Pym, but we know Pym has been retconned out of Ultron's origin for the movies, and everyone's best guess seems to be that Stark will end up being the evil AI's daddy -- which would perfectly set up a scenario in which Jarvis somehow ends up morphing into Ultron, with the better part of his personality becoming the Vision.

Or something.

Really, we still don't know anything at this point, but Bettany's involvement does make sense. Of course, Bamigboye seeing Bettany at the studio where Age of Ultron is filming might not mean he's playing the Vision -- or even that Jarvis will be heard -- but until Marvel decides to say something one way or the other, it makes for some interesting conjecture. (UPDATE: Variety is confirming the report.)

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