Scoop: First Description Of Paul Bettany’s VISION Costume For AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
Last night the internet was sent into a tizzy with the announcement that Paul Bettany would be expanding his role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and would become the Vision in Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron. Surprisingly, the news was meet with an overwhelming positive response. The Daily Mail‘s report stated that Bettany and Jeremy Renner had been spotted in and around Shepperton Studios outside of London to take a meeting with the director for costume fittings and make-up tests. After that report some of our contacts sprung into action and found out a few things about Vision. One of the things that was passed along to me was a description of the costume sitting in Shepperton Studios right now for the new character.
If you’re a regular reader, you know I’m leery of the scoop game right now. If I’m putting my name on this, I have the utmost confidence that it is completely accurate. Our source is close to Shepperton Studios and the film’s production. They say that Bettany is currently filming a movie alongside Johnny Depp, Ewan McGregor, and Gwyneth Paltrow so he pops over to the studio for Avengers regularly. Whedon has been flying in and out for the past two months to meet with the cast because most of them are filming in and around the studio. Renner was there most of last week and had lunch with Whedon and Bettany a few times in the local restaurant in Shepperton‘s catina. All of that goes to show that everyone is there and work is pretty far along with the costume and make-up tests.
Now to the meat of things. Our source has seen the Vision costume. The wardrobe department is in full motion. Having seen both concept art and a costume hanging around, they know what the costume looks like. The costumes are tagged and are numerically coded, but from what they’ve seen and heard, mixed with the news that stuntmen have already arrived, this is what they can say about its look:
It has a helmet akin to the Iron Man armor, but it’s designed more like a face than a smooth Stark helmet. The iconic yellow and green are present in the design, but it’s more metallic shades than bright ‘comic book colors.’ They said it reminds them somewhat of the T-1000 from Terminator 2 but it’s not as shiny. The yellow metal “liquid” bits seem to light up. This may or may not happen since there are two designs for that section. One lights up the other doesn’t. That’s the only difference. The cape is present, but they say it appears to only “pop out” when in flight mode. The cape sports some similar shades of yellow as the body. The “neck pieces” are the same yellow but they seem to shift positions from “standing” (for lack of a better word) to “flight mode.”
Now the only thing that isn’t pretty well decided on is the mask. As of this Monday they weren’t sure if they wanted to rework the helmet/face part of the costume or incorporate Bettany‘s own face. The Marvel execs and Whedon were there earlier this week looking at a few possibilities. They want to make certain that audiences don’t think of Vision as just a colorful copy of Iron Man. That part isn’t finalized, but this is what Vision will look like barring a few very minor tweaks before he steps in front of the cameras. What do you think about the description? Are you happy with what you’re hearing?