EXCLUSIVE: JARVIS Is Ultron; Paul Bettany Could Return

(Potential The Avengers: Age of Ultron spoilers below.  Ya’ll been warned)

Last week these animated storyboards from The Avengers leaked onto the internet, showcasing the origins of a few popular scenes, and displaying a few alternatives. This was among them:

JARVIS seemed a bit too comfortable as a villain, didn’t he? I know Loki was manipulating our favorite virtual butler, but perhaps that was a hint at the future. Considering Joss Whedon’s recent admission that Hank Pym won’t be featured in The Avengers: Age of Ultron as the creator of Ultron, and the subsequent leaked synopsis that claimed Tony Stark would be the villain’s sire… could JARVIS become that main baddie?

Well, that’s what we’ve theorized (and we’ve said as much in articles past), but we couldn’t get anyone involved in the project to confirm it… not until our usually tight lipped friend at Disney decided to chime in.

When we asked if JARVIS, or a form of the AI software, would become Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron, our source said:

That’s the plan so far from what I’ve heard. Obvious, isn’t it?

And since Paul Bettany has portrayed JARVIS in every Marvel Studios film since the cinematic universe’s creation, we asked our source if the thespian would return for a proper physical role, instead of just the voiceover:

He’s returning, but I’m not sure if they’re doing motion capture with him, or if they’ll use someone else. Since he’s only done voiceovers, the contract is new.

What exactly does that mean? We tried to get a few more specific questions answered by our source, but he didn’t feel comfortable responding to much more than those obvious two.

Still, these answers open the door to  a horde of possibilities. If Tony Stark is the surrogate father, will he inherit the Oedipal conflict that was so prevalent between Ultron and Hank Pym in the original comic books? In the source material, the murderous robot wants to blow his creator (Pym) to itty bitty pieces and abscond with his wife, The Wasp. Could we see a narrative equivalent with Tony and Pepper Potts? Will JARVIS Ultron try to kill Tony and marry Pepper?

Since we know that Whedon and Marvel Studios are comfortable with liberally adapting the source material, as this breaking news reveals, what other changes will we see? Will Ultron be more than a simple robot? If Paul Bettany is, in fact, portraying the villain on the big screen, then I imagine Marvel would want to make good use of his handsome, marketable face. Could Ultron utilize a human visage… a ‘Vision’ for his public persona?

That may sound a bit far fetched, but considering Scarlet Witch’s involvement with the flick, and her comic book romance with The Vision (who is an android created by Ultron), it seems only natural that Marvel would use Paul Bettany for that role. After all, they’ve allowed Tony Stark to create Ultron for the sake of streamlining the narrative, which a Bettany Vision would accomplish. He can portray the main adamantium armored baddey through motion capture, and The Vision through with his normal pink fleshy self.

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  • Sara Galeas

    this was an interesting read

  • npabebangin

    rather false rumor now, eh?

    • UTF

      Thanks for commenting.

      “JARVIS, or a form of the AI software, ” and we know Tony Stark is the creator from what Whedon’s said and the synopsis released earlier this summer. The main point of our scoop hasn’t been discredited. And we still support it.

      As far as Bettany, we said “could return” as our source was fairly ambiguous about what his return would mean for the franchise.

      We’ll stand by our story. I believe it will be confirmed by Marvel themselves, too bad we have to wait a year and half for the movie’s release, though.

      • npabebangin

        too bad James Spader is Ultron… So it’s still a false rumor.

        • UTF

          No, it’s not. Did you read the quote? Jarvis, or a form of the software.

          They’ve not said anything about Ultron’s origins, only that James Spader is portraying him.

          • npabebangin

            It still doesn’t mean that Paul will be Ultron. Not in the slightest bit. This doesn’t confirm or deny that he will transform into Spader’s Ultron character. I, right now, as this casting news is dropped, that Paul will be an incarnation of Ultron, in the slightest.

            This won’t be the case, if someone is cast in a role, it doesn’t mean two people are playing the same person.

            Spader is Ultron, obviously. Paul is Jarvis.

          • azraelkans

            Yes that’s a great explanation… or.. The marvel guys realized that it was very giving to credit Paul Bethany as both JARVIS and ULTRON, so they come up with the idea that JARVIS could sound different as Ultron. The justification could be that it uses “a more advanced voice processor so it sounds more HUMAN and therefore more likeable to the public”. Remember this is Tony Stark’s Idea of a Robot Superhero so he would want him to be appealing. It also helps the audience to dettach from him emotionally since he WILL eventually become a villain. A very powerful and scary one actually.

          • NickAdam33

            I don’t believe that in the slightest. In Iron Man 3, Jarvis sounded more human than not. There were no “robotics” or a “robot-tingled” voice FX on his voice like it was in The Avengers, IM2, ect.

            Also, with all the recent news that Ultron will be created by Stark and the Korean actress…

          • NickAdam33

            So this seems fairly, immensely debunked as Bettany will portray THE VISION.

  • P Shaw

    Or Bettany is Vision. Seems far more likely, seeing as Spader was confirmed to be Ultron.