Of all the actors that helped bring the MCU’s first movie Iron Man to life in 2008, almost none of them have stayed with the franchise longer than Paul Bettany. Starting off as the AI system JARVIS before playing Vision in three more movies, Bettany most recently played the role in last year’s WandaVision on Disney+ alongside Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch.
That series seemingly brought Vision’s story to an end after nearly 13 years with the MCU, as the android faded away into nothing when Wanda took down her Hex surrounding Westview, New Jersey. Of course, there's a version of Vision out there in the world after his original body was made into White Vision by the folks at SWORD - a version that suddenly got all of Vision's memories in the last episode. But his whereabouts are unknown for the time being.
Even with Vision's uncertain status for the MCU's future, Bettany hasn't been one to shy away from addressing what could happen with the character should he be brought back for more.
Now, thanks to a recent chat with the MCU veteran, there may be a reason to expect the franchise regular to suit up for another go at some point.
Paul Bettany Teases Vision Comeback
Entertainment Weekly spoke with WandaVision star Paul Bettany about potentially returning to the MCU to play the role of Vision again.
At first, the longtime star jokingly exclaimed "Absolutely not," even admitting that there was no salary that would make him think about doing it:
"Absolutely not! Not for any kind of money at all. I can't even think of a figure."
Then, after leading up to his real response for a minute, he teased that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is never one to "allow loose ends" within the MCU. Specifically, the actor noted how White Vision flew off into the distance at the end of WandaVision.
Due to that fact, Bettany assumes that he'll have to suit up as Vision once again for another project, but he's not sure of when that may happen:
"No, the honest answer to that is — well maybe it's not the honest answer, but it's the answer I'm going to give you and you'll just have to cope with it — at the end of WandaVision, you see Vision fly off and that's a loose end. And Kevin Feige is a man who doesn't really allow loose ends. So I assume at some point I will be putting on my tights and cloak for another outing, but I don't know when that might be."
WandaVision Not the End for Vision?
WandaVision's ninth episode gave Paul Bettany's Vision an emotional send-off as he said goodbye to Wanda and their twin sons, seemingly allowing Wanda to move on with her life and realize her full power. However, Marvel is known for always being able to bring any character back into play that the studio so chooses, regardless of whether they're alive at any given moment.
Recently, Bettany himself teased a potential appearance for Vision in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which already has a call sheet potentially longer than any MCU solo movie ever. The sequel's promo tour confirmed that Billy and Tommy Maximoff will be back in some form, bursting the door wide open for Bettany's Vision to reunite with his family.
Although the timing of Bettany's new quotes is suspicious, and even with connections to WandaVision already set for the next film, there's no telling what Marvel's plans for Vision are. But with White Vision now out in the world with the original Vision's memories and how closely WandaVision is tied with the rest of the MCU, he shouldn't be counted out.
All nine episodes of WandaVision are streaming on Disney+. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will debut in theaters on May 6.