Following on from the first photos yesterday from “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” including the reveal of the film’s villain, EW has now posted a new interview with Joss Whedon and some of the cast members from the film which goes into more details about the sequel – specifically the twins (Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch) and the creation of Vision.
Vision’s origins reportedly will stick closely to the comic books, with Ultron designing the synthetic, superpowered human character to demonstrate he has the ability to create life. As for the look, the article’s writer saw some test make-up footage: “His face seemed to be a little more on the purple side of the spectrum than orange, the overall look of the synthezoid has a slightly more technological edge than the original 1968 introduction. He’s a bit more Borg and a little less Crayola”
The character is being voiced by Paul Bettany, who also voices Tony Stark’s computer J.A.R.V.I.S. in the “Iron Man” films. That casting, as Whedon confirms, is not coincidence. However, he won’t go into detail. It’s widely assumed J.A.R.V.I.S.’ consciousness will end up being a part of Vision.
Whedon amusingly adds that “By his own admission, Paul’s very disappointed that he actually has to show up this time” whereas previously he recorded his lines in a local studio. Whedon calls Vision the fourth member of ‘Team Ultron’, the quartet of key new characters in the follow-up. The other three are Ultron himself along with the twins Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen).
Describing the differences between this team and the Avengers, Whedon says: “With the [first] Avengers, everybody pretty much had the power of being able to punch somebody. And now we have a woman who can get inside your head and move objects, and a boy that can move faster than anything, and a robot [Ultron] who can self-replicate and is out of his mind. So all of sudden, it’s a darker, weirder, tougher world that they’re living in.”
Describing their characters, Taylor-Johnson says: “He’s quick-tempered. He gets agitated. He’s impatient. But he’s super-protective. He had to become a father figure to his twin sister. He’s physical and she’s psychological. It’s kind of them against the world…My character is very much on the frontline, but he can be quite emotional. You see this beautiful tenderness between them.”
Olsen’s character on the other hand is kind of crazy due to her inability to switch her mind off: “The reason she’s so special is because she has such a vast amount of knowledge that she’s unable to learn how to control it. No one taught her how to control it properly. So it gets the best of her. It’s not that she’s mentally insane, it’s just that she’s just overly stimulated. And she can connect to this world and parallel worlds at the same time, and parallel times.”
Whedon says he didn’t trim any scenes due to Scarlett Johansson’s pregnancy, but they did make use of three stunt doubles for her more physical scenes with the actress’ face to be digitally added in post production.