Vision was originally created to be Ultron's next body by a mind controlled Helen Cho from synthetic tissue and vibranium. Knowing the body would make Ultron unstoppable, the Avengers stole it while Ultron was halfway through downloading his program to the body.
Taken back to their headquarters Tony Stark and Bruce Banner, behind the backs of their teammates, began to upload the remnants of J.A.R.V.I.S- who had been fractured and nearly destroyed when Ultron was originally activated- into the android's mind so that he could assist them in defeating Ultron. Captain America confronted them, but the argument was interrupted when Pietro Maximoff simply raced around and unplugged the system.
Thor suddenly crashed down into the building and bathed the android body in an intense lightning discharge. The android arose from its cradle and threw Thor aside, but then stopped itself in mid-air and looked out the window to gaze upon the city and his reflection. As he calmed down and descended to the ground, Thor told the others that the android had appeared in a "vision" and the gem in its brow was one of the Infinity Stones.
As the team questioned Vision (his now adopted name) on his motivations, he told them that he was on the side of life and that he didn't want to destroy Ultron because Ultron was unique and in pain, but he also chose to side with the Avengers knowing that Ultron sought to end all life. Although Vision noted that he knew that the Avengers could not be certain of his intentions given his origins, he unintentionally proved that they could trust him when he casually handed Mjolnir to Thor, something that none of the Avengers had been able to do.
The Vision and the Maximoffs accompanied the Avengers to Sokovia, where Ultron had used the remaining vibranium to build a machine to lift a large part of the city skyward. Vision found Ultron in a church and confronted him, offering peace if Ultron would change the terms of the conflict, but Ultron simply attacked him. As they fought, Vision managed to get into his head and disconnect Ultron from the Internet, ensuring that Ultron's defeat could be achieved simply by destroying Ultron and all of the Ultron Sentinels. After the fight with Ultron, Vision was knocked out but awakened to help Thor by hitting Ultron with Mjolnir. He went on to aid the late-arriving War Machine in hunting down many of the Ultron sentinels.
In another part of the town, Wanda Maximoff found the now heavily damaged Ultron and destroyed his main body just while a broken down Ultron Sentinel reached the activation mechanism and sent the city plummeting down. Vision flew to Wanda and rescued her, flying her to safety. Then on the ground, Vision found the last of the Ultron Sentinels and told the robot that he knew he feared death. Ultron asked if he really thought that killing him would make a difference, and that humans were set on a path of self-destruction. Vision agreed, but pointed out that not only did nothing last forever, but also argued that it was humanity's flaws that made them beautiful, and it was a privilege to live among them. Ultron prepared to attack Vision but was destroyed by the Infinity Stone.
After the battle, Thor stated that the Infinity Stone would be secure with Vision, and decided he should keep it. In the wake of several members leaving the Avengers, Vision joined the reformed team, alongside Wanda, War Machine and Falcon. In the following months, the Vision became particularly close to Wanda, often talking with her about their powers (since both their powers originated from the Mind Stone), as they each helped the other understand the wider world and their roles as Avengers.
Some months after the team's reorganization, a mission to capture the terrorist Crossbones, as he attacked a research lab in Nigeria, resulted in the destruction of a building and the death of twelve members of a Wakandan outreach program, when Wanda hurled Crossbones into the air after he triggered his suicide vest.
Seizing this opportunity, Secretary Thaddeus Ross and Tony came to the Avengers Facility to reveal the Sokovia Accords, a U.N. legislation that would bring the Avengers and other superhumans under the direct authority of the government. Although the Vision agreed with the idea in principle, noting the statistical rise in superhuman threats ever since Tony went public as Iron Man, Wanda felt uncomfortable at the thought of being under the direct authority of the government, and remained on the fence even as she was 'confined' to the Avengers' compound while the other Avengers dealt with the legislation.
This isolation eventually ended when ex-Avenger Clint Barton (aka Hawkeye) came to retrieve her for Steve and Sam's efforts to protect the Winter Soldier, who they believed had been framed for a recent attack on the U.N.. Although the Vision attempted to make Wanda stop, she used her powers to increase his density to the point that he crashed down through several stories, musing that she would no longer fear her powers even if others feared her.
Vision joined Tony's team, which included himself and Stark, War Machine, Black Widow, and new heroes such as Black Panther and Spider-Man, in order to apprehend Captain America and anyone else on his team. Vision reluctantly fought Wanda, but apologized later and recalled his words about conflict breeding catastrophe. During the battle, Vision accidentally shot down War Machine when he was attempting to target the Falcon, with the resulting crash causing serious injuries that left Rhodes paralyzed.
Though the Avengers were fractured, Vision still remained at the New Avengers Facility.
At some point in the two years following the passing of the Sokovia Accords, the Vision made contact with Wanda once again, the two forming a secret relationship as Vision sneaked off to join Wanda whenever he had the chance, as he was now able to generate an illusion that gave him the appearance of a normal human being. However, their latest clandestine meeting in Edinburgh was interrupted when the two were attacked by members of Thanos' Black Order, who sought to claim the Mind Stone for their master. The battle left the Vision injured before Captain Rogers, Black Widow, and Falcon joined the fight in Waverly Station.
Returning to the Avengers compound, the five were reunited with War Machine and Bruce Banner. Banner explained that he had learned about Thanos and his quest for the other five Infinity Stones. Vision suggested that he and the Mind Stone should be destroyed to prevent Thanos from completing the Infinity Gauntlet, but Steve rejected the idea for it was an unnecessary sacrifice. Instead, the Avengers retreated to Wakanda, where they hoped the advanced technology would be able to extract the Stone without killing Vision.
Although the operation began well enough, Thanos's armies laid siege to Wakanda. King T'Challa's sister Shuri wasn't able to complete the operation in time, so Vision pleaded for Wanda to destroy the Mind Stone and him, as Thanos himself had arrived at Wakanda. With no other choice, Wanda did as the Vision asked, only for Thanos to utilize the Time Stone and undo the Mind Stone's destruction. Thanos tore the rematerialized Mind Stone out of the Vision's forehead, which completed Thanos' Infinity Gauntlet and killed the Vision. After Thanos snapped his fingers and killed half of the universe, Wanda kneeled next to Vision's lifeless body before disintegrating herself.
Legacy and Return
When Wanda was resurrected five years later, she was still enraged with grief over Vision's death. During her encounter with a past version of Thanos, she mistook him for the Thanos who killed Vision and brutally attacked him to avenge the Vision. Following Thanos's death, Wanda and Hawkeye mourned Vision in private, with Wanda assuring Hawkeye that both the late Black Widow and Vision knew their allies were successful.
Three weeks later, Wanda attempted to regain Vision's body from S.W.O.R.D. Upon being granted access to meet with Tyler Hawyard, Wanda demanded to know where Vision's body was so she could give him a proper goodbye. Hayward revealed to Wanda that S.W.O.R.D had retrieved Vision's body and were dissecting it in an attempt to bring Vision back online. Wanda overpowered the scientists in the laboratory and attempted to wake Vision, but sensed that his spirit was no longer within the body, and so she left. Wanda travelled to Westview, New Jersey, where Vision had bought a plot of land to build a home for the two of them. Overcome with grief, Wanda unleashed a wave of Chaos Magic that warped reality around Westview, making it resemble a 1950's sitcom, and created a new version of Vision. Hayward would later claim that Wanda had stolen Vision's body during her visit to S.W.O.R.D.'s headquarters.
S.W.O.R.D. was successful in restoring Vision's body to functionality and reactivated him. Without the Mind Stone, Vision was devoid of his memories, emotions, and entirely under the orders of S.W.O.R.D. When Wanda briefly started collapsing reality around Westview, Vision entered the town and confronted Wanda, having been ordered to destroy her. The new Vision attacked Vision and the two battled. New Vision persuaded Vision to allow him to unlock his memories. With his memories restored, Vision left Westview.
Synthetic Body: Vision is a sapient construct, a perfect hybrid between organic and inorganic material. His entire body is a mix between a synthetic simulacrum of organic tissue and Vibranium.
- Density Manipulation: Vision can increase or decrease his own density, weight, and mass at will, allowing him to increase the durability of his physical form or make himself completely weightless.
- Superhuman Strength: Vision can greatly increase his physical strength to immense superhuman levels by increasing his density.
- Superhuman Durability: The Vibranium composition of Vision's body allows him to withstand attacks of immense force with no visible damage to his exterior whatsoever. He is also able to increase the durability of his physical form by manipulating his density and weight.
- Intangibility: Vision's control over his density, weight and mass give him the ability to phase through solid objects. When phasing, Vision can increase his density to destroy the object he phases through from the inside.
- Flight: Vision can minimize his density to its lowest point in order to hover above the ground, granting him the power of flight. He can control his own motion-based force to move through the air at great speeds and instantly stop moving while in the air by completely, freezing his motion.
- Computer Interaction: Vision was able to hack into Ultron's programming and disable the latter's ability to enter the Internet.
Genius-Level Intellect: Being an artificial intelligence, Vision learns inhumanly quickly and can download data directly to his mind. He formulated an equation based on the events that happened over the years that led to the Sokovia Accords, concluding that the Accords were the necessary path to both aid people and dissuade their growing fears regarding the Avengers.
- Paul Bettany, who voiced J.A.R.V.I.S. in previous Marvel Cinematic Universe films, portrays Vision in the films Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, and Avengers: Infinity War. Bettany stars as the lead in the Disney+ limited series WandaVision. Archive footage of Bettany as Vision is also used in the film Spider-Man: Far From Home.
- The Vision and Captain America are the only non-Asgardians depicted in the films to be worthy of wielding Mjolnir. Vision was the first non-Asgardian to do so, but his worthiness is disputed by Iron Man and Captain America, as he is a machine.
- When discussing with Wanda's Construct Vision about which one of them is the "true" Vision, they brought up the Ship of Theseus metaphysics thought experiment to conclude that neither and both of them were the "true" Vision.
- Paul Bettany's wife, actress Jennifer Connelly, voiced Karen, who coincidentally is also an artificial intelligence, in the film Spider-Man: Homecoming.
- 13 appearance(s) of Vision (Earth-199999)
- 2 appearance(s) in handbook(s) of Vision (Earth-199999)
- 15 minor appearance(s) of Vision (Earth-199999)
- 6 mention(s) of Vision (Earth-199999)
- 49 image(s) of Vision (Earth-199999)
- 1 quotation(s) by or about Vision (Earth-199999)
- 2 victim(s) killed by Vision (Earth-199999)
Links and References
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