Vision may actually be the best character in the MCU
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has no shortage of colorful characters in its arsenal. Tony Stark (Iron Man) is a “genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist,” a tech wizard who transformed his life by producing and selling weapons to become Iron Man. Natasha Romanov (Black Widow) was raised practically from birth to be a programmed assassin. T’Challa (Black Panther) is the king and protector of the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda.
Then there is Vision. A randomly created humanoid to be a countermeasure against the supervillain robot Ultron. Vision becomes a precious ally, lover, martyr, and family “man” in his tenure as a member of the Avengers – and in that order. Because of how he was born and his wide array of roles in the MCU, Vision is perhaps the best character in the entire franchise. Additionally, Vision could still make an appearance in the MCU and further evolve its myth.
In the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Iron Man wants to prevent further extraterrestrial incursions on Earth like the one that took place in The Avengers. He envisions a shield around the Earth to protect it from alien threats. However, like the genius billionaire that he is, Iron Man lets his ambition and ego take precedence over his skis. He accidentally creates Ultron, an artificial intelligence program that calculates that humans are the disease of Earth and must be eradicated.
Ultron is too powerful for the Avengers to handle on their own, especially once he gets his hands on Wakandan Vibranium. In an act of sheer desperation, Iron Man and Bruce Banner (The Hulk) feverishly work to create a countermeasure to Ultron. This desperation takes shape in the creation of Vision.
Vision was programmed using Jarvis, Iron Man’s AI personality. Unlike Ultron, he decides to fight for humanity rather than eradicate it. Vision possesses superhuman strength, supreme intelligence, the ability to fly, the ability to traverse physical objects and become intangible, and more. This set of powers makes him an invaluable member of the Avengers, and Vision is the one who ultimately destroys Ultron.
After several cataclysmic events in previous MCU movies, governments around the world are going after the Avengers in Captain America: Civil War. The Avengers are split in two when it comes to how they handle the demands of the world. Iron Man believes the Avengers should listen to the United Nations and take a more cautious approach. Captain America believes that diets and schedules are changing, and therefore the most stable hands are theirs.
Vision falls squarely on Iron Man’s side in the debate. He pretty easily dismantles Captain America’s chauvinistic logic by stating that the Avengers’ mere existence invites confrontation. Vision makes the most succinct and compelling argument as to why Iron Man’s argument is the right one. He also serves as the executor of the Iron Man team. Vision essentially becomes a glorified babysitter for Wanda Maximoff, the Avenger wielding magic that is extremely powerful but not necessarily in control of her abilities.
In Avengers: Infinity War, the big bad of the Marvel universe takes center stage: Thanos. The Mad Titan’s mission is to divide the population of the universe into two. His logic is that resources are limited and populations are only growing, and therefore he is the herald of a universe that will only experience happiness and a full stomach in the future. To achieve his goal, Thanos must possess all six Infinity Stones, and it turns out that the Mind Stone has been embedded in Vision’s head since the creation of Avenger.
Vision is severely injured at the start of the film. While he was a power to be reckoned with in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War, the Black Order of Thanos does a quick humanoid job. Only help from Captain America, Black Widow, and The Falcon keeps Vision from exiting the film prematurely.
However, audiences are learning that not all Disney movies have happy endings. In a moving and powerful scene, Wanda (who has become Vision’s lover) destroys Vision so Thanos cannot use the sixth and final Infinity Stone to implement his genocidal plan. However, at this point, Thanos already possesses the Time Stone and rewinds the time so that he can assassinate Vision while keeping the Spirit Stone intact. Vision is brutally killed twice within two minutes, before half of the universe is gone. He is the first of many Avengers martyrs on that fateful day.
During the events of WandaVision, a grieving Wanda creates a fabricated happy ending for herself and Vision. In doing so, she mentally controls a small town in New Jersey and becomes the villain of her own story.
Wanda has suffered more trauma than any Avenger. His parents were murdered with the guns of Tony Stark. His brother was murdered by Ultron. Finally, Vision was assassinated by Thanos. Then she disappeared for five years, thanks to Thanos.
By creating the family she has longed for since childhood, Wanda locates Vision’s body and essentially resuscitates it. She also creates two children to take care of. In doing so, Vision plays both the role of beloved husband and father. Not bad for an artificially created character.
Vision wore several hats over his six years with the MCU. He’s a surprisingly emotional character for a humanoid and is constantly trying to figure out where he fits in the Avengers and in Wanda’s life. This lineup is what made him a fan favorite and why he’s the best character in the MCU. He has proven to be resourceful, the voice of reason, a force to be reckoned with, and Wanda’s perfect companion. Here is hoping that it returns on the big screen in a future Marvel project.
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