Why The Vision Shouldn’t Begin Life As J.A.R.V.I.S

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Unlike in the case of Bryan Singer‘s “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” as of this writing I haven’t seen anything from Joss Whedon‘s “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” though it was made known that Paul Bettany (who voiced the Tony Stark’s AI, known as J.A.R.V.I.S) would be playing the synthizoid known as the Vision.

For those not familiar with the comics, the Vision was created by Ultron, designed to defeat the Avengers (though eventually he becomes a good guy).  The movies seem to be following a similar trajectory as the comics, but with one (rumored) difference:  Vision will somehow be an offshoot of Tony Stark’s J.A.R.V.I.S.

That is a really bad idea for two reasons:  The first is personal.  I have never been fond of J.A.R.V.I.S because Tony Stark’s AI is based on an “actual” character, Jarvis, who was the butler of the Avengers.

Whom I really liked.

Yeah, I am kind of awesome.

Knowing that the Marvel Cinematic Universe was expanding to include the Avengers when the oringal Iron Man was released, I would have liked to see a human Jarvis. That being said, I understand that the MCU and the comics aren’t the same, that things you can do easily in comics don’t always translate well to the screen.

But the second, and most important is that the Vision being evil is an important part of his arc.  If he starts as “good”–one could argue that J.A.R.V.I.S is essentially neutral, being only a disembodied voice–but being that he’s associated so closely with Tony Stark, he might as well be considered good.

But if he begins life as evil, as a creation of Ultron and no relation to Tony Stark, it makes his redemption even more poignant, and his arc even more powerful.

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