Vision (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Vision is a character portrayed by Paul Bettany in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film franchise, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Vision is an android with a body created by the villain Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), incorporating the Mind Stone, but which was brought to sentience by Tony Stark and Bruce Banner, uploading the core software of Stark's AI, J.A.R.V.I.S., with energy provided by Thor. Vision is also featured in Captain America: Civil War (2016), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and the streaming television miniseries WandaVision (2021).

Vision
Marvel Cinematic Universe character
Paul Bettany as Vision.jpg
Paul Bettany as Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
First appearanceAvengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Based on
Adapted byJoss Whedon
Portrayed byPaul Bettany
In-universe information
Full nameVision
SpeciesSynthezoid[1]
AffiliationAvengers
WeaponInfinity Stone
SpouseWanda Maximoff (WandaVision)
ChildrenBilly Maximoff (son)
Tommy Maximoff (son)
Creators

Conception and characterizationEdit

A character named The Vision first debuted in a short comic story in Marvel Mystery Comics #13 (Nov. 1940) as an alien law enforcement officer also known as Aarkus, continuing as a regular feature in that superhero anthology through issue #48 (Oct. 1943). In the late 1960s, editor Stan Lee and writer Roy Thomas decided to add a new team member to the superhero-team series The Avengers. Thomas wanted to bring back the Golden Age alien Vision (Aarkus) but Lee was set on introducing an android member. Thomas ultimately compromised by using a new, android Vision.[2] The second Vision first appeared in The Avengers #57 (Oct. 1968). Thomas wanted the character to be white as befitting his ghostly name, but printing limitations of the time would have rendered him colorless, with un-inked paper where his skin should be. He settled on red as he did not want Vision to be green like the Hulk or blue like the Atlanteans.[3] The character has been compared with Spock from Star Trek, but Thomas said that he was barely aware of the TV series at the time.[4] He acknowledged being influenced by the Adam Link character by Otto Binder, one of the first robots treated as a sympathetic character rather than as a mechanical tool.[4]

In The Avengers #75 (April 1970), the Scarlet Witch is reintroduced to the team and soon becomes a love interest for the Vision. Thomas recounted, "I felt that a romance of some sort would help the character development in The Avengers, and the Vision was a prime candidate because he appeared only in that mag... as did Wanda, for that matter. So they became a pair, for just such practical considerations. It would also, I felt, add to the development I was doing on the Vision's attempting to become ‘human.’"[2]

CharacterizationEdit

 
Paul Bettany portrays Vision

Prior to the introduction of Vision in the MCU, Paul Bettany had voiced J.A.R.V.I.S., Tony Stark's A.I. companion in previous films. Bettany admitted that he had little idea of what the role was, even as he recorded it, simply doing it as a favor for Jon Favreau.[5] He was cast again as the Vision,[6][7] an android created by Ultron.[8] Bettany stated that he was surprised when Whedon asked him if he wanted to be the Vision because once an actor has been cast as a particular character in the MCU, they usually are not cast as another.[9] On what intrigued him about the Vision, Bettany said, "The thing that appealed to me is that this sort of nascent creature being born, being both omnipotent and totally naive, the sort of danger of that and complex nature of a thing being born that is that powerful and that created in a second and the choices he makes morally are really complex and interesting. They've really managed to maintain all of that".[9] Bettany also stated that the Vision feels paternal and protective to a number of people in the film, particularly Wanda Maximoff, and has the ability to change his density. Bettany did wire work for the part.[9] Whedon stated he wanted to include the Vision in a second Avengers film before he signed onto the first film.[10] Bettany's make-up, which consisted of a mix of face paint and prosthetics, took two hours to apply with make-up artists Jeremy Woodhead and Nik Williams citing the correct hue of the Vision's skin as the hardest thing to figure out.[11]

Discussing the development of the character in Captain America: Civil War, Bettany noted that because the Vision was only created in the previous film, Age of Ultron, "you see my character get born... He must be both omnipotent and yet totally naive at the same time. And experiencing the world in real time and his place in it. Is he going to be a force of good or a force of evil?"[12] Bettany also said he was interested in exploring "what it means to be human and what love is" with the character, as "The only way one can guarantee one's loyalty is love."[13] This is exhibited in the connection Vision begins to form with Wanda Maximoff, with Bettany commenting, "They both have these new burgeoning powers that they don’t understand ... I think he’s worried that they’re both dangerous. So he feels this real connection with her."[14] As the Vision has the ability to create a projected disguise, he chooses to dress similarly to Howard Stark's attache, Edwin Jarvis.[15] One review notes that "Vision is an android who gained consciousness and an affinity for love all at the same time, and so the latter is of the utmost importance to him".[16]

By the events of WandaVision, it is unclear whether Vision is real, or part of an illusion created by Wanda Maximoff, though it is noted that he appears to have independent agency.[17]

Fictional character biographyEdit

Avengers: Age of UltronEdit

In 2015, J.A.R.V.I.S. is apparently destroyed by Ultron, but it is later revealed that he actually distributed his consciousness throughout the Internet, allowing his security protocols to delay Ultron's attempt to access Earth's nuclear launch codes long enough for Tony Stark to work out what had happened. The Avengers capture a synthetic body created by Ultron for himself, powered by the Mind Stone. Stark and Bruce Banner upload J.A.R.V.I.S. as the core software for that body. After a brief fight with other Avengers, who disagree with this effort, Thor uses his lightning to power its completion, creating Vision. Thor explains that the gem on its brow, one of the six Infinity Stones, the most powerful objects in existence, was part of a vision that he had. Having gained consciousness, Vision says that he is not a creature of Ultron, but is also no longer J.A.R.V.I.S.; Vision states that he "is on the side of life" and sides with the Avengers against Ultron. He fights the Ultron drones during the final battle in Sokovia and destroys the last Ultron drone himself. Notably, to this point, Vision is the only non-Asgardian to be able to lift Thor's hammer Mjolnir; an earlier scence establishes that this signifies that Vision is pure of heart and therefore "worthy" of lifting the hammer. In the end, after Stark, Clint Barton, Thor, and Banner leave, Steve Rogers and Natasha Romanoff lead a new roster of Avengers consisting of Wanda Maximoff, Sam Wilson, James Rhodes, and Vision. [18]

Captain America: Civil WarEdit

In 2016, Vision sides with Stark during the titular conflict and signs the Sokovia Accords. He reasons this by remarking that the number of supernatural or highly dangerous events have increased since Stark's admitting of his secret identity and that government oversight will assist the team. This includes confining Wanda to the Avengers Headquarters. He attempts to make Wanda feel comfortable with her circumstances, cooking her paprikash and starts to form a romantic relationship. He overpowers Barton who tries to break Wanda out, until she interferes, telekinetically pushing Vision hundreds of feet beneath the Headquarters. Vision is unharmed and goes to Germany to participate in the fight to stop Rogers’s team. During the battle, he aims to disable Wilson, however, accidentally shoots down and cripples Rhodes, as he was distracted while tending to Wanda. He later returns to the Headquarters.

Avengers: Infinity WarEdit

In 2018, Vision is seen having a romantic relationship with Wanda in Scotland while using his powers to maintain a human disguise. They are ambushed by Corvus Glaive and Proxima Midnight, members of the Black Order, and Vision is wounded by Glaive. They are rescued by Rogers, Wilson, and Romanoff and find refuge at the Avengers Headquarters with Rhodes and Banner. There, Rogers says that he knows a place where they would have resources to be able to remove the Mind Stone without killing Vision. Vision accompanies the Avengers to Wakanda, where he is operated on by Shuri. Unfortunately, Thanos's army attack which prompts Wanda to intervene in the battle, leaving Shuri defenseless. Vision ends up fighting off Glaive and falls into the forest below, and ends up killing Glaive with his own weapon. After Thanos arrives in Wakanda, Vision convinces Wanda to destroy the Mind Stone at the cost of his life. However, Thanos uses the Time Stone to reverse the Mind Stone's destruction, allowing him to rip the Mind Stone out of Vision's head, causing him to become deactivated.[19][20]

WandaVisionEdit

Sometime between 2018 and 2023, S.W.O.R.D. recovers the deactivated Vision from Wakanda and experiments on his body at S.W.O.R.D Headquarters. In 2023, Wanda breaks into the Headquarters and takes Vision to Westview, New Jersey, reactivating him. There she creates a sitcom-themed reality where they get married and live in a suburban neighborhood, which appears to be themed after American television sitcoms of various eras. They conceal their true nature from their neighbors, pretending to be a normal human couple, though both appear to lack memories of how they came to be in this situation. In the beginning, Vision is shown to have a job at a company called Computational Services Inc., where he amazes his co-workers with his speed but is unsure what his company actually does. He is also shown to have invited his boss, Mr. Hart, for dinner, during which the boss chokes on his food and Vision has to use his abilities to save him. Later he is shown to behave as if he is intoxicated after accidentally swallowing Big Red chewing gum, which Wanda is able to fix. After Wanda quickly progresses in her pregnancy with their twin children, Vision exhibits super speed, and momentarily appears to realize that something is not right about their surroundings.[17] It is shown that after this uneasy moment, Vision had briefly appeared to Wanda as a corpse, although this quickly passed. He then begins to question Westview and Wanda's role in it, using his powers to read the mind of one of his co-workers and discovering that person to be under mind-control. This later leads to an argument between Vision and Wanda. Further suspicious, Vision investigates on his own, going to the edge of Westview and finds residents frozen in place outside their homes, which is unsettling to him. He finds the hex barrier and leaves Westview, only to be dragged to the ground, but not before he tells S.W.O.R.D agents and Darcy Lewis that the Westview people need help. Vision is then restored after Wanda expands the hex. Vision finds Darcy in the hex and restores her back to the real reality. She tells him about his past with the Avengers and that Wanda really does love him. Upon hearing this, he leaves to go find Wanda.

Appearance and special effectsEdit

A review of the character for The Hollywood Reporter notes: "The comic book Vision employs a garish green-and-yellow costume, matched with a bright red face — a color scheme that may be a little over-the-top for the more subtly-hued Marvel Cinematic Universe — but even so, the mixture of purple, blue and grey is an unexpected, and unexpectedly bold, choice for Paul Bettany's character".[21]

In terms of fashion while maintaining a civilian appearance, Vision attempts to emulate classic human style, including wearing an ascot tie.[22][23]

ReceptionEdit

In 2016, Bettany was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Avengers: Age of Ultron.[24] A review of the 2021 newly-launched television series, WandaVision states that "Olsen and Bettany's characters were often treated like benchwarmers on an all-star team in the Avengers movies. Here, they really shine".[25] The review further finds that Bettany "slides easily into the role of the devoted, kinda square, goofball husband", and praises his physical comedy skills.[25]

ReferencesEdit

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