WandaVision’s Paul Bettany says Joss Whedon was desperate to give Vision a penis

Josh Milton March 20, 2021
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Paul Bettany wearing glasses and a black roll-neck / a WandaVision promo pic of Wanda and Vision in black and white, with the image distorting to reveal their usual superhero appearances

Wandavision star Paul Bettany. (Getty/Disney)

Joss Whedon was obsessed with giving Marvel superhero Vision a penis, Wandavision star Paul Bettany has revealed.

Bettany, who plays the scholastic synthetic android Vision, told Conan O’Brien earlier this month how Whedon was pretty insistent on seeing Vision be “born” with a penis in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

And his, well, vision of Vision came close to climaxing, with the production team even creating renderings of Vision with male genitalia at Whedon’s behest, Bettany explained.

“Joss Whedon was manning the ship at that point,” the 49-year-old actor explained on the TBS show. “He was wondering: ‘Vision’s gonna be born, we’re gonna see him born, and I mean ostensibly naked.

Josh Whedon ‘needed to see Vision’s penis’, recalls Paul Bettany

Paul Bettany remembered Whedon reasoning: “He has to have a penis, right? I mean, cause he’s naked and he’s being born.”

He added: “Everybody there, Louis D’Esposito, Kevin Feige, everybody was like, ‘I’m not sure that’s such a great idea for Vision for him, to sort of, rise up out of the crypt, as it were with a, you know, a penis’, and he said: ‘I need, I need him to, I need to see his penis.'”

Whedon then reportedly ordered the Marvel team to create renderings of a sufficiently nude Vision. “So, and this is a true story,” Bettany explained.

“Artists were sent away to sort of do all of these renderings of Vision being born with a penis.

“And they put them all up on this huge wall at Marvel Studios, and they invited Joss in, and Joss stood in front of this huge wall, and he went: ‘Never have I been more sure that I don’t need to see Vision with a penis’.”

We can only wonder how different the world would be if we’d witnessed Vision’s junk.

Whedon wrote and directed two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s: The Avengers and its sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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