The web site Unleash the Fanboy has shared with us this report: Tony Stark’s virtual butler, J.A.R.V.I.S. (Just A Rather Very Intelligent System), will become the villain Ultron in Avengers 2.
This is based on putting several pieces together after seeing animatic storyboards hit the web last week, showing an alternate scene between Loki and Stark, in which Loki manipulates the AI butler into trying to convince Tony he’s better than the rest of the team. The scene plays out more between Loki and Stark, but the opening segment has J.A.R.V.I.S. saying some very non-normal things that would be consistent with the Ultron persona.
Granted, this didn’t happen in the movie, but it at least got as far as the storyboards. And as Joss Whedon has confirmed that original Ultron creator Hank Pym won’t be in Avengers 2 (not showing up until his own film, Ant Man), the question then becomes how Ultron comes to exist. He’s a Stark product in an animated version of the story as well, so it’s not without precedent that Ultron would be a development of Stark Industries.
With that in mind, UTF contacted their sources, who have confirmed Paul Bettany is in negotiations for a new contract, and that J.A.R.V.I.S. becomes Ultron. The reasoning behind a new contract? Because up until now, Bettany’s work has been voice only. So does this mean the actor might actually have a presence on-screen as some form of Ultron?