Good news, Marvel fans! The Vision - the soon to arrive new Avenger, played by Paul Bettany - might just be set to have a much more faithful origin story than we were expecting.
The hero - who, in the comics, was created by Ultron - had seemed set to be created by Mark Ruffalo's Bruce Banner in the movie universe, after the actor told /Film that The Vision...
“is so dope. And he’s my baby. Yeah, he’s pretty incredible”
Which very much seemed to suggest that Banner - and not Ultron - would be behind the red-faced robot hero's creation.
Now, though, fans of comic-book faithfulness have cause to celebrate, as Joss Whedon has also been talking about with /Film, this time more generally about Avengers: Age of Ultron, and - from the sounds of it - he's just revealed that The Vision will, in fact, be created by Ultron after all...
“Before I took the first job, I said, well, I don’t know if I’m right for this or if I want it or you want me, but in the second one, the villain has to be Ultron, and he has to create the Vision, and then, that has to be Bettany."
Which, since Joss is pretty much the man with the plan behind the entire Avengers franchise, seems to more-or-less confirm it - Ultron will be creating The Vision.
But What Does That Mean For Avengers: Age of Ultron?
Well, for one thing...
Ultron Clearly Has Big Plans
And, if he's had time to create a robot army, and a sophisticated A.I. based (presumably) on J.A.R.V.I.S., he's clearly been making those plans for a while now. Could his evil scheme have been in motion during earlier Marvel movies, without us even knowing? Someone get me to a copy of Iron Man 3, stat!
And, speaking of J.A.R.V.I.S...
Could We Be Seeing Wonder Man?
After all, from the sounds of it - and as Robert Downey Jr. suggested back in October - "Vision isn't J.A.R.V.I.S."
Both characters are being played by Paul Bettany, but the implication that they're separate characters seems to open up a (slim) window of opportunity for Simon Williams, a.k.a. Wonder Man (seen above, punching The Vision in the chest) to appear in the MCU.
The reason? In the comics, The Vision's mind was based on Wonder Man, a villain who later redeemed himself (and, later still, joined The Avengers).
Could Bettany even take on a third, actually live action role at some point?
Or, alternatively, is the entire background of all the characters changing fundamentally? For instance...
Is Bruce Banner Replacing Hank Pym?
It's been made increasingly apparent over recent months that Hank Pym - who'll be appearing in the MCU in Ant-Man, played by Michael Douglas - will no longer be the creator of Ultron, as he was in the comics.
Could, then, Mark Ruffalo's comments about Vision being his "baby" in fact be a suggestion that he, in fact, is behind the creation of Ultron, who in turn created artificial life of his own - making Banner less the father, and more the grandfather, of The Vision.
If so, it could explain why Ultron seems set to take a particular interest in setting The Hulk off on a rampage. After all, in the comics, he's always been obsessed with his 'father,' Hank Pym. Why shouldn't that cross over to his new creator?
In the meantime, though, while we all wonder at just what this new revelation might mean, I'm kind of just glad that Marvel is - yet again - keeping one of the key details of the Marvel comics universe intact.
What do you guys think, though?
Who do you want to have created The Vision?