1:28pm PT by Graeme McMillan
'Avengers: Age of Ultron's' Vision Finally Revealed Via Funko Toyline
Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Vision.
The newest member of Marvel’s Avengers has been conspicuous by his absence in the studio’s promotion for this summer’s Avengers: Age of Ultron to date. The robotic hero is nowhere to be found in either of the trailers released, and only visible from a distance, with his back turned to the viewer, in the one piece of officially-released concept art he's appeared in so far. Now, however, we have our first look at the character as he’ll appear in Joss Whedon’s movie… albeit in a somewhat superdeformed manner.
The Vision is just one of a number of Age of Ultron figures being released by Funko, unveiled online this week. While the movie version will of course be more traditionally proportioned than the Funko figures, this remains the first real chance we've had to get an idea of what the character will look like onscreen.
The biggest surprise for comic book fans is the change in color scheme. Admittedly, the comic book Vision employs a garish green-and-yellow costume, matched with a bright red face — a color scheme that may be a little over-the-top for the more subtly-hued Marvel Cinematic Universe — but even so, the mixture of purple, blue and grey is an unexpected, and unexpectedly bold, choice for Paul Bettany's character. (Earlier, unofficially-leaked, images have featured a color palette closer to the traditional comic book look; it's unclear whether the Funko color scheme is a variant look, or whether the finished movie version will sport an entirely unique look.)
A new costume for the Vision isn’t the only surprise to be found in the Funko Age of Ultron offerings; alongside recognizable versions of Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye, the Hulk and Black Widow, the toy manufacturer’s Mystery Minis line will feature an Iron Man in silver and blue, as opposed to his traditional red and yellow. Does this mean a repaint for Tony Stark, a new armor for Don Cheadle’s War Machine — as rumored by another toyline earlier this month — or something else altogether?
All will be revealed on May 1, when Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters. We can but hope there’s a good explanation for the Vision’s purple face (and maybe a repaint, as well) in there somewhere.