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Rumor: Which Iron Man actor may be the voice of Ultron?

Aug. 27, 2013by: Niki Stephens

Even though this is a rumor at this point, we figured it was best to throw some spoiler warnings up first in case people want to be potentially surprised. You might have guessed that this was the road that Joss Whedon would go down for AVENGERS: THE AGE OF ULTRON especially if you saw a particular storyboard idea that got scrapped from the first film. Though this is a rumor I think that this point it's perfectly logical that this could happen. So now that I've piqued your curiosity it's time to decide whether you want to proceed or not.

Spoilers below the photo of Ultron.

According to the site, Unleash the Fanboy, they have a Disney source who claims that Paul Bettany will voice Ultron. Waitbut he voices J.A.R.V.I.S.? Yeah. The animatic I mentioned below only adds to that possibility.

We see a darker side of J.A.R.V.I.S., and if Tony Stark has a hand in creating Ultron then it would make sense that he uses the same voice. In the teaser seen at Comic Con this year, fans got to see an animatic teaser that showed what seemed like a smashed up suit but was actually revealed as the construction of Ultron's head.

When the site asked if Bettany would be back as more than a voice over and actually get into the physical aspect this is what was said:

"Hes returning, but Im not sure if theyre doing motion capture with him, or if theyll use someone else. Since hes only done voiceovers, the contract is new."

Fair enough. I think that even though this is a rumor it's definitely plausible. Would this work for you? Or did you have something else in mind?

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12:12AM on 08/28/2013

If this happens

Paul Bettany actually has to watch a freaking iron man movie, or at least The Avengers.
Paul Bettany actually has to watch a freaking iron man movie, or at least The Avengers.
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9:13PM on 08/27/2013
For me, this route seems perfectly natural for the cinematic universe. I'm more than happy to roll with it.

We already know Hank Pym is out and Stark is the link to Ultron - and for me more Bettany is a good thing!

I hope Paul Bettany gets to physicalise the role. His has the physique and acting chops to pull off anything Whedon can throw at him.

I actually hope this is true
For me, this route seems perfectly natural for the cinematic universe. I'm more than happy to roll with it.

We already know Hank Pym is out and Stark is the link to Ultron - and for me more Bettany is a good thing!

I hope Paul Bettany gets to physicalise the role. His has the physique and acting chops to pull off anything Whedon can throw at him.

I actually hope this is true
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9:57AM on 08/28/2013
I was hoping it would be Jeff Bridges.
"I'm gonna wipe out human civilization, man."

Seriously though, the J.A.R.V.I.S. idea is awesome.
I was hoping it would be Jeff Bridges.
"I'm gonna wipe out human civilization, man."

Seriously though, the J.A.R.V.I.S. idea is awesome.
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12:09AM on 08/28/2013
I'm totally cool with this. I love the Tony and Jarvis relationship and then having Jarvis suddenly turn into HAL would be a fantastic progression. I can't wait for this.
I'm totally cool with this. I love the Tony and Jarvis relationship and then having Jarvis suddenly turn into HAL would be a fantastic progression. I can't wait for this.
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10:27PM on 08/27/2013
Joss Whedons Ultron is created by Tony Stark which was intended to be an Iron Man Armored Suit, the most sophisticated, most powerful, and most intelligent suit he has ever created to help battle evil so he can spend more time with Pepper Potts since the events from Iron Man 3. The Armor is not an actually a suit that Tony can wear, but a full robot, that suddenly becomes self-aware, and soon starts to self-evolve. J.A.R.V.I.S controls and voices Starks previous Iron Man suits during
Joss Whedons Ultron is created by Tony Stark which was intended to be an Iron Man Armored Suit, the most sophisticated, most powerful, and most intelligent suit he has ever created to help battle evil so he can spend more time with Pepper Potts since the events from Iron Man 3. The Armor is not an actually a suit that Tony can wear, but a full robot, that suddenly becomes self-aware, and soon starts to self-evolve. J.A.R.V.I.S controls and voices Starks previous Iron Man suits during Auto-Pilot so it makes sense that he voices Ultron, his voice will also evolve with the armor to sound more menacing . The new armor is basically Skynet, seeing humans as the biggest threat to themselves and to the planet, Ultrons seeks to destroy humankind, and can even adapt to each individual Avengers strengths and exploit their weaknesses.
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5:59PM on 08/28/2013
Pretty much what I am expecting, especially without Pym. It makes much more sense that Tony would want to mix Destroyer Tech with Arch Reactor Tech, you would Get an Ultron in a Vibranium Body.
Pretty much what I am expecting, especially without Pym. It makes much more sense that Tony would want to mix Destroyer Tech with Arch Reactor Tech, you would Get an Ultron in a Vibranium Body.
10:32PM on 08/28/2013

No Stupid TWIST!!!!!

As long as in the middle of the film Ultron doesn't turn out to be a High School Janitor or something and the real bad guy is just another corporate billionaire that Tony screwed over 20 years ago, I'm fine with it.
As long as in the middle of the film Ultron doesn't turn out to be a High School Janitor or something and the real bad guy is just another corporate billionaire that Tony screwed over 20 years ago, I'm fine with it.
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2:26AM on 08/28/2013
Would have liked Hank Pym. But this makes for some nice progression

Although, Ultron should have a quite imposing voice, and that is not Paul Bettany (Jarvis) - if not altered.
Would have liked Hank Pym. But this makes for some nice progression

Although, Ultron should have a quite imposing voice, and that is not Paul Bettany (Jarvis) - if not altered.
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2:03AM on 08/28/2013
To me it was the most logical idea. I always thought that JARVIS was a character people completely over looked (or heard). It would be awesome if he did some kind of suit/mo-cap cgi. He has done plenty of films with fighting. I feel he should have a great exit, and it will hurt Tony real well.
To me it was the most logical idea. I always thought that JARVIS was a character people completely over looked (or heard). It would be awesome if he did some kind of suit/mo-cap cgi. He has done plenty of films with fighting. I feel he should have a great exit, and it will hurt Tony real well.
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10:01PM on 08/27/2013
There was the theory put forward by a fellow schmoe (I think it was HoyleHaw) that Ultron will basically be Jarvis turned evil. Hmm.
There was the theory put forward by a fellow schmoe (I think it was HoyleHaw) that Ultron will basically be Jarvis turned evil. Hmm.
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11:31AM on 08/28/2013
I'll admit this is a very interesting development, but I'm still very dissapointed that they're basically going with yet another "bad iron man" villain. This has been done time and time again, and it's become pretty predictable. He'll wreck havoc for a while, and then Stark will find a way to kill him, and it'll be emotional. They should have done a two parter with Thanos. He needs more than one film to cover his story, and it would be VERY unpredictable. Just my opinion though.
I'll admit this is a very interesting development, but I'm still very dissapointed that they're basically going with yet another "bad iron man" villain. This has been done time and time again, and it's become pretty predictable. He'll wreck havoc for a while, and then Stark will find a way to kill him, and it'll be emotional. They should have done a two parter with Thanos. He needs more than one film to cover his story, and it would be VERY unpredictable. Just my opinion though.
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11:29AM on 08/28/2013
I agree with Half below. I like where this is going. Even though disagreeing with the changes. I really don't mind.
I agree with Half below. I like where this is going. Even though disagreeing with the changes. I really don't mind.
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11:03AM on 08/28/2013
As much as I'd rather they dont chaneg anything from Ultron I'm liking where this can be taken. Hopfully it turns out awesome.
As much as I'd rather they dont chaneg anything from Ultron I'm liking where this can be taken. Hopfully it turns out awesome.
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9:57PM on 08/27/2013

I called it.

The rumor, that is. Just because he's already doing a voice. Which is one of the reasons I doubt this'll happen.

The other is that Bettany has admitted never watching the Iron Man movies (whether that still stands, I cannot say). If Whedon thinks this guy has the right voice for Ultron, then he'll probably be it. Easy paycheck if he doesn't have to do mo-cap.
The rumor, that is. Just because he's already doing a voice. Which is one of the reasons I doubt this'll happen.

The other is that Bettany has admitted never watching the Iron Man movies (whether that still stands, I cannot say). If Whedon thinks this guy has the right voice for Ultron, then he'll probably be it. Easy paycheck if he doesn't have to do mo-cap.
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9:54PM on 08/27/2013

Shame this scene wasn't how it was in the flick

Really would have added a bit more depth and set up the sequel. Bettany is a GREAT choice and I see no reason why he wouldn't mocap for this. Just because he has not met any of his costars does not mean he won't. He is a solid actor and who wouldn't go mocap the character they voice to give it more of his nuances, and make more money?
Really would have added a bit more depth and set up the sequel. Bettany is a GREAT choice and I see no reason why he wouldn't mocap for this. Just because he has not met any of his costars does not mean he won't. He is a solid actor and who wouldn't go mocap the character they voice to give it more of his nuances, and make more money?
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9:58PM on 08/27/2013
The point I was trying to make is that Bettany just doesn't seem that interested in his role as JARVIS. It sort of like the actors who did the voices for Transformers. Most of them never even met any of their co-stars because they simply weren't that passionate about the role. The same seems to be true with Paul Bettany and JARVIS based on a few interviews that he's given. I may be wrong, but I don't think he's even SEEN many of the Marvel movies he's been part of. He's an older actor, he's
The point I was trying to make is that Bettany just doesn't seem that interested in his role as JARVIS. It sort of like the actors who did the voices for Transformers. Most of them never even met any of their co-stars because they simply weren't that passionate about the role. The same seems to be true with Paul Bettany and JARVIS based on a few interviews that he's given. I may be wrong, but I don't think he's even SEEN many of the Marvel movies he's been part of. He's an older actor, he's made his money, I just don't see him going all out for a role as Ultron. But who knows, I could be dead wrong. We'll see.
8:34AM on 08/28/2013
Wonder if they'll go with the idea that Stark has been researching the other Avengers for weaknesses just in case he ever has to deal with them and that info ends up getting used by Ultron who no doubt has access to all Stark's data. Guess nobody knows which way Whedon is going to go with this, but it should make for a pretty awesome film.
Wonder if they'll go with the idea that Stark has been researching the other Avengers for weaknesses just in case he ever has to deal with them and that info ends up getting used by Ultron who no doubt has access to all Stark's data. Guess nobody knows which way Whedon is going to go with this, but it should make for a pretty awesome film.
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10:26AM on 08/28/2013
Isn't that the premise of Justice League: Tower of Babel?
Isn't that the premise of Justice League: Tower of Babel?
10:39AM on 08/28/2013
That's the exact premise of JLA: Tower of Babel which was adapted into JLA: Doom (on netflix).
That's the exact premise of JLA: Tower of Babel which was adapted into JLA: Doom (on netflix).
11:11AM on 08/28/2013
Im sure DC would sue if they did that, or could they?
Im sure DC would sue if they did that, or could they?
8:16AM on 08/29/2013
Just seemed like something Stark might do - definitely something S.H.I.E.L.D would do.
Just seemed like something Stark might do - definitely something S.H.I.E.L.D would do.
11:39PM on 08/27/2013
It makes sense. With the Iron Man armor being hammered into Ultron's head & Hank Pym not being involved it would make sense that a corrupted J.A.R.V.I.S. program of some form be the "brain" of Ultron. Quite possibly even using some new form of Iron Man armor. Personally I think that since Tony detonated his suits at the end of part 3 & made it clear that even without the suit he is still Iron Man, I'll bet that he creates Ultron as a "replacement" for him being in the suit. Which would tie in
It makes sense. With the Iron Man armor being hammered into Ultron's head & Hank Pym not being involved it would make sense that a corrupted J.A.R.V.I.S. program of some form be the "brain" of Ultron. Quite possibly even using some new form of Iron Man armor. Personally I think that since Tony detonated his suits at the end of part 3 & made it clear that even without the suit he is still Iron Man, I'll bet that he creates Ultron as a "replacement" for him being in the suit. Which would tie in J.A.R.V.I.S. since he'd most likely be running it. Not to mention that the cinematic Tony seems to create his enemies either through his tech or his actions.
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11:10AM on 08/29/2013

James Spader

News just broke.
News just broke.
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4:40AM on 08/28/2013
I really like this idea. What I have trouble figuring out is why we would need the whole Avengers group. Does Ultron act alone or does he make other robots like him?
I really like this idea. What I have trouble figuring out is why we would need the whole Avengers group. Does Ultron act alone or does he make other robots like him?
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10:41AM on 08/28/2013
He does that in the comics. Although the duplicates he creates are typically weaker.
He does that in the comics. Although the duplicates he creates are typically weaker.
11:46PM on 08/27/2013
It makes sense. With the Iron Man armor being hammered into Ultron's head & Hank Pym not being involved it would make sense that a corrupted J.A.R.V.I.S. program of some form be the "brain" of Ultron. Quite possibly even using some new form of Iron Man armor. Personally I think that since Tony detonated his suits at the end of part 3 & made it clear that even without the suit hell Iron Man, I'll bet that he creates Ultron as a "replacement" for him being in the suit. Which would tie in
It makes sense. With the Iron Man armor being hammered into Ultron's head & Hank Pym not being involved it would make sense that a corrupted J.A.R.V.I.S. program of some form be the "brain" of Ultron. Quite possibly even using some new form of Iron Man armor. Personally I think that since Tony detonated his suits at the end of part 3 & made it clear that even without the suit hell Iron Man, I'll bet that he creates Ultron as a "replacement" for him being in the suit. Which would tie in J.A.R.V.I.S. since he'd most likely be running it. Not to mention that the cinematic Tony seems to create his enemies
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11:38PM on 08/27/2013
It makes sense. With the Iron Man armor being hammered into Ultron's head & Hank Pym not being involved it would make sense that a corrupted J.A.R.V.I.S. program of some form be the "brain" of Ultron. Quite possibly even using some new form of Iron Man armor. Personally I think that since Tony detonated his suits at the end of part 3 & made it clear that even without the suit hell Iron Man, I'll bet that he creates Ultron as a "replacement" for him being in the suit. Which would tie in
It makes sense. With the Iron Man armor being hammered into Ultron's head & Hank Pym not being involved it would make sense that a corrupted J.A.R.V.I.S. program of some form be the "brain" of Ultron. Quite possibly even using some new form of Iron Man armor. Personally I think that since Tony detonated his suits at the end of part 3 & made it clear that even without the suit hell Iron Man, I'll bet that he creates Ultron as a "replacement" for him being in the suit. Which would tie in J.A.R.V.I.S. since he'd most likely be running it. Not to mention that the cinematic Tony seems to create his enemies
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10:41PM on 08/27/2013
im just curious as to how hes going to look. is he gonna be CG like hulk? or will he be some dude in a metallic suit like C3PO.
im just curious as to how hes going to look. is he gonna be CG like hulk? or will he be some dude in a metallic suit like C3PO.
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10:45PM on 08/27/2013
they will use the same FX on Ultron as they did in Iron Man 1, 2, and 3
they will use the same FX on Ultron as they did in Iron Man 1, 2, and 3
9:25PM on 08/27/2013
Really interesting. I doubt Bettany would do any motion capture work though. I know JARVIS doesn't require any motion capture anyway, but to my knowledge he hasn't even met any of his co-stars in any of the Marvel movies so far, as he only does his voice work in a studio over the course of a few days. This seems the most logical way for Stark to have created Ultron, and I'm really curious to see how it shapes up. I hope it doesn't come across as cheesy though. Would JARVIS go rogue as a result
Really interesting. I doubt Bettany would do any motion capture work though. I know JARVIS doesn't require any motion capture anyway, but to my knowledge he hasn't even met any of his co-stars in any of the Marvel movies so far, as he only does his voice work in a studio over the course of a few days. This seems the most logical way for Stark to have created Ultron, and I'm really curious to see how it shapes up. I hope it doesn't come across as cheesy though. Would JARVIS go rogue as a result of a virus or something? Or does he just become too smart and powerful for his own good?
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1:11AM on 08/28/2013

Jarvis becomes Ultron

but WHICH Jarvis? Jarvis was in both Malibu and New York. This was a plot point in Iron Man 3. Jarvis was supposedly destroyed in Malibu.
but WHICH Jarvis? Jarvis was in both Malibu and New York. This was a plot point in Iron Man 3. Jarvis was supposedly destroyed in Malibu.
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10:44AM on 08/28/2013
Being a computer program, I would imagine he could operate in more than one place.
Being a computer program, I would imagine he could operate in more than one place.
10:49PM on 08/27/2013
Interesting idea, have Jarvis become part of Ultron. But...why are they using the Transformers movie score again?
Interesting idea, have Jarvis become part of Ultron. But...why are they using the Transformers movie score again?
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11:28PM on 08/27/2013
HA! Called it perfectly. I knew it would be JARVIS!
HA! Called it perfectly. I knew it would be JARVIS!
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9:46PM on 08/27/2013
I hope this is true. Would love for Bettany to finally get a bigger part (even though it would be just more voice over).
I hope this is true. Would love for Bettany to finally get a bigger part (even though it would be just more voice over).
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9:40PM on 08/27/2013

I'm sorry, but I don't like this idea..

Storywise, it makes perfect sense.. But it's kind of fucked up.. Jarvis is basically Tony's Alfred. If they made a Batman film where Alfred turned into a homicidal maniac that could kill the entire Justice League, no one would think that was a good idea. I like Jarvis. He's sort of a father figure to Tony. I hope this is all bullsit because it seems like Marvel is loosing its grip.. And how the fuck does any of this tie into THE INFINITY GAUNTLET in AVENGERS 3. Unless Marvel is planning a
Storywise, it makes perfect sense.. But it's kind of fucked up.. Jarvis is basically Tony's Alfred. If they made a Batman film where Alfred turned into a homicidal maniac that could kill the entire Justice League, no one would think that was a good idea. I like Jarvis. He's sort of a father figure to Tony. I hope this is all bullsit because it seems like Marvel is loosing its grip.. And how the fuck does any of this tie into THE INFINITY GAUNTLET in AVENGERS 3. Unless Marvel is planning a separate film after AVENGERS 3 entitled THE INFINITY GAUNTLET.
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9:58PM on 08/27/2013
Comparing the two Jarvis characters is completely off base. Batman's Jarvis raised him and is a human flesh and blood character. Stark's Jarvis is an autonomous creation of his and not at all a father figure but a servant - nothing else. Stark's Jarvis going bad makes total sense as he could be infected by something that Loki did and or he could just evolve like the comic version of Ultron did and decide to make the world in his image. This would totally impact Tony as Tony would be the
Comparing the two Jarvis characters is completely off base. Batman's Jarvis raised him and is a human flesh and blood character. Stark's Jarvis is an autonomous creation of his and not at all a father figure but a servant - nothing else. Stark's Jarvis going bad makes total sense as he could be infected by something that Loki did and or he could just evolve like the comic version of Ultron did and decide to make the world in his image. This would totally impact Tony as Tony would be the father figure to his Jarvis, not the other way around. Tony would ultimately feel completely responsible for the actions of his Jarvis and blame himself and his ego for what happens, especially if it kills one of his friends and teammates. I think your way of looking at it is flawed but I respect your opinion, I just disagree.
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9:55PM on 08/27/2013
As long as Ultron's face doesn't look as stupid as it does in the comics books all is good.
As long as Ultron's face doesn't look as stupid as it does in the comics books all is good.
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