The Vision: A Character History

With the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron shortly upon us, it was felt, by members of A Screen Near You, that we should discuss some of the new characters. As the sites resident, tamed comic book expert I’ve been landed with this job. With that in mind, lets discuss The Vision.

The Vision is honestly one of the weirder characters that Marvel has written. Considering that this is the company that writes about what happens when a Thunder God, an irradiated monster, a de-thawed super soldier from WWII and a billionaire who decides to build a technological suit to fight crime all get together, that’s saying a lot. The Vision was “technically” created in the pages of The Avengers #57 in 1968. I say technically, because the character was, kind of, based off a character created in the 1940’s, also called The Vision, but I’m just going to ignore him for simplicity. Roy Thomas, Stan Lee and John Buscema created the character. Originally Thomas wanted to re-introduce the original vision, but Lee convinced him to create an android version of the character.


The Original Vision

Ultron as a means of fighting the Avengers created Vision, specifically his creator, Hank Pym (Ant-Man, Giant-Man, Goliath, Yellowjacket, ETC). To make matters worse, Ultron modeled Vision’s brain patterns on former member of the team, Wonder Man (We’ll get back to him). However, Vision turns against his creator and became one of the regular members of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.


Simon Williams: Wonder Man

His creation by Ultron is an important story point that many writers enjoy exploring. They like presenting Hank Pym, Ultron and Vision as a demented Father, Son and Grandson pairing. Vision has a number of powers, including:

  • Density control
  • Flight
  • Intangibility / phasing
  • Mass manipulation
  • Solar energy projection
  • Superhuman agility, intelligence and strength

About two years after the introduction of The Vision, The Scarlet Witch (Also making her live action debut in Age of Ultron) rejoined the team and the two quickly began a relationship. The relationship between the two has been on and off at many points throughout their history. At one point the two even married and had children… kind of. It’s really complicated to explain, but the long and the short of it is that the two were wiped from existence… kind of.


During Kurt Busiek’s run on Avengers, the characters of Vision and the Scarlet Witch were no longer in a relationship. Busiek decided that he wanted to reintroduce the relationship through the means of a love triangle with Simon Williams, Wonder Man. I have not read Busiek’s entire run, so I can’t tell you how that ends.


In 2005, The Vision was killed in a storyline called Avengers: Disassembled. In this arc, Scarlet Witch loses her mind, resulting in the death of many Avengers, including Vision. During this time, the new team, the Young Avengers, found the remains of Vision and a new Vision was created. I only bring this up, due to the fact that also on this team were Tommy Shepard and Billy Kaplan, the Scarlet Witch and Vision’s children reborn… kind of… It’s a little confusing.


The New Vision, Billy Kaplan and Tommy Shepard

However, this new Vision was killed in the pages of Avengers: The Children’s Crusade. With his demise, Marvel reintroduced the original Android Vision, rebuilt by Iron Man.


As of this moment in time, Vision is currently a member of the Uncanny Avengers, written by Rick Remender and drawn by Daniel Acuña.


For anyone interested in big comic stories involving Vision, just recently an in continuity graphic novel was released called Avengers: Rage of Ultron (See what they did there). I would also recommend Young Avengers Vol 1 and 2 and Avengers: The Children’s Crusade, all written by Allan Heinberg and the ongoing Uncanny Avengers book.

So what can we expect from his presence in the movie. The first thing we know is that Vision is not patterned off Wonder Man in this movie, but seems to be an evolution of J.A.R.V.I.S, Tony Stark’s robot assistant present from the first film. We can assume that Ultron will get his hands on J.A.R.V.I.S’s software and probably attempt to turn him against The Avengers. As for any relationship with Scarlet Witch, I’m not sure. I wouldn’t count it out, but I’d be lying if I said I was expecting to see it in the film. Of course this is all just speculation, but we won’t have to wait long to see Vision take flight in Avengers: Age of Ultron in two weeks.

Written by James Campbell


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