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Paul Bettany talks The Vision's role in Captain America: Civil War


He was one of the most memorable new faces in this year's Avengers: Age of Ultron. And in 2016, ethereal superhero The Vision is back in Captain America: Civil War.

Once again played by Britain's Paul Bettany, Vision's role in the Phase III opener of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is more significant than ever. You may remember that in Age of Ultron, he was effectively 'birthed' from Tony Stark's (Robert Downey Jr.) Jarvis computer program, his motives initially unclear but eventually aiding the Avengers in their fight against James Spader's eponymous villain. Plus, there was this hilarious moment.

So what can we expect next from a character who, in Bettany's words, was "born yesterday"? Attending the 2015 Manila Comic Con, Bettany answered the questions of a rapt crowd.

"I was given comics," reports him as saying. "I also was looking to think about what could be edifying for me to learn. I took the opportunity — you see my character get born… something unlikely to ever happen to me again. He must be both omnipotent and yet totally naive at the same time."

It's surely this blend of awe and child-like wondrousness that has helped make Bettany's performance so popular. Expanding on his theme, the actor says Civil War will further explore the Vision's creation, grappling with his role as a character who has the potential to veer between the forces of good and bad.

"Experiencing the world in real time and his place in it... is he going to be a force of good or a force of evil?" Bettany poses. "It was really interesting, fun to play with, because he’s dangerous, you don’t know if he’s going to go one way or another. I’m continuing that theme in [Captain America: Civil War]."

The Vision's interaction with his fellow superheroes is set to be a highlight of the new Captain America movie, which reunites us with old faces Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), Downey Jr.'s aforementioned Tony Stark, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie).

Also saddling up are a host of new faces including Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Baron Zemo (Daniel Bruhl), an undisclosed Martin Freeman character and a little-known superhero called Spider-Man (Tom Holland)...

Captain America: Civil War is due for release on 29th April 2016.