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Paul Bettany Will Reportedly Appear On Marvel's Scarlet Witch Series

Can't have a Scarlet Witch series without including her one true love, huh? 

Following the news that Marvel Studios is developing a spin-off show about Elizabeth Olsen's matter-manipulating superhero Scarlet Witch — set to star Olsen in the lead role, naturally – Slashfilm is reporting that Paul Bettany, the actor who plays Scarlet Witch's beloved android beau Vision, will appear on the series as well. 

Peter Sciretta, the owner and head editor of Slashfilm, relayed in an October 31 report detailing everything Disney and Marvel are cooking up for the House of Mouse's soon-to-launch streaming service that Bettany's Vision "will have a large part" on the Olsen-starrer. According to Sciretta's sources, which he did not name, the Scarlet Witch show may even focus more heavily on the superhero couple than just Olsen's character. 

As Marvel fans know (and probably hate to recall, as it drudges up old heartache they'd rather forget), both Scarlet Witch and Vision bit the actual dust in the final moments of Avengers: Infinity War. The red-haired heroine was forced to kill Vision in order to demolish the Mind Stone so that it would be impossible for Thanos (Josh Brolin) to procure it for himself. You see, the Mind Stone rested smack-dab in the middle of Vision's robotic forehead, and the only way to stop the Mad Titan from scooping it out and using it to finish his nefarious plan to power up his (stolen) Infinity Gauntlet was to either remove it from Vision's skull or destroy it while it still sat there — two methods that would end Vision's life. Though Scarlet Witch successfully completed her gut-wrenching task, Thanos pulled a fast one on her, using the Time Stone to reverse the clock, snag the Mind Stone, and murder Vision anyway. Scarlet Witch's efforts were doubly made in vain, as she, too, ended up dying after Thanos implemented the collective power of all five Infinity Stones, snapped his fingers, and killed half of all life in the universe. 

The knowledge that Scarlet Witch would appear on her own television series tipped fans off that she would probably be revived in Avengers 4 — the yet-to-be-titled Infinity War sequel set for release on May 3, 2019 — and make it out maybe not entirely well but definitely alive. Hearing that Vision will reportedly be a major player in the Scarlet Witch show seems to indicate that Bettany's character will face the same wonderful fate. Perhaps Scarlet Witch can make use of her various time-bending, reality-warping abilities to resurrect Vision herself, which would nicely bring things full circle for the hero. (She took Vision out of the world, so who better than her to pull him back into it?) 

On the other hand, however, maybe Vision won't be alive on the Scarlet Witch series. There exists the possibility that Vision will stay dead and appear on the show exclusively in flashback sequences. To the same effect, the series might not even follow after the events of Infinity War and Avengers 4, instead being structured as a prequel that chronicles Scarlet Witch's earlier days and her blossoming relationship with the lifelike A.I. unit. Either way, color us keen.

There's a ton to be intrigued by when it comes to the Scarlet Witch series, and hopefully fans won't have to wait too much longer to find out more about the project. Check back with Looper for more information on the show as it becomes available.