Alex Lipton was the son of Dr. Miles Lipton, a researcher in artificial intelligence and the consciousness theory. To carry out his research Dr. Lipton indebted himself with the Roxxon Cybernetic Division and when they did not obtain satisfactory results from Lipton, they slew his son Alex. Later, when Lipton was examining the Vision to correct his emotional problems due to lack of the human engrams, the minions of the Roxxon reappeared and kidnapped both he and the Vision that at the time was in a catatonic state. To recover their debts the Roxxon forced Dr. Lipton to reprogram the Vision so that he could work for them, instead Dr. Lipton endowed the Vision of the brain engrams of his son Alex who so recovered his emotional states and after waking easily defeated the minions of Roxxon and freed Dr. Lipton.
Miles Lipton later developed a process to fully restore his son's mind inside the Vision's programming. Vision willingly submitted to the process out of gratitude and respect for Miles, but it was unsuccessful. Still, Vision had enough of Alex Lipton in him to playact as if the process was temporarily successful, in order to allow Miles and Alex's wife Nancy to say good-bye.