Paul Bettany talks AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON – Job security and prepping for sequels

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There’s a reason why gigs in Marvel movies are sought after, and that’s because landing a meaty role in one of them means that an actor has a steady work schedule for the inevitable sequels. That’s some great job security in an otherwise turbulent industry, and with Paul Bettany cast as heavyweight character The Vision, you can bet that he’ll be back for a few extra films.

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While promoting Mortdecai, Bettany spoke to news.com.au (viaCBM) about the role, and how great it was to have the gig:

That’s the really great thing about the Marvel gig for me.  I have never known if I have had a job six months out ever in my life.  And now I know that they have plans and I can be even more judicious about the stuff that I do outside of that work.  I can wait for the right thing and feel really attached to it.

Just about every star in a Marvel movie has a multi-picture contract, with Bettany saying that “they have plans” for the Vision. He’ll be popping up first in Age Of Ultron this year, before he most likely moves onto the two-part Infinity War event as a member of the team. And that’s something that Bettany is ready for, having boned up on his Marvel Cinematic Universe by acquainting himself with all of the current films:

I did a lot of research — and my research was watching all of the films.  I realised they are so interlinked and I wanted to understand the universe I was in.  So I did and it was a really amazing, fun experience — especially going from my tiny, 20-day movie with no money and no trailers to this behemoth film was just great.

A good, proper look at the Vision has pretty much been relegated to hasty snapshots and lawsuits from Marvel so far. And I’m kind of hoping that his appearance is kept under wraps for as long as possible, before the sequel arrives on May 1 this year. Because it’d be a great surprise for fans to discover this chaarcter for the first time with less acquainted audience members.

Last Updated: January 29, 2015

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