When Ultron brought the Vision to life by fusing the the android with the Mind Stone, he not only created one of the most powerful characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he placed a literal bullseye on his forehead, providing an enticing target for Thanos.
To complete his Infinity Gauntlet, the Mad Titan has no choice but to rip the Mind Stone from the Vision, something that surely can’t bode well for the hero’s future. As a matter of fact, we see in the first trailer for Avengers: Infinity War that Vision comes under attack by the Mad Titan’s minions. But that’s not the only glimpse we get of him. We also see him share a surprisingly tender moment with Wanda Maximoff, the Scarlet Witch.
But the real surprise is in how Vision looks in that scene. He isn’t in his android form; instead, he’s human-looking. Is this a dream? A vision? Or is it an actual development in Wanda and the Vision’s story?
Comic book readers know that Wanda Maximoff is incredibly powerful, and while her big-screen counterpart hasn’t reached that level yet, that doesn’t mean she won’t eventually get there. Her powers were derived from an Infinity Stone, after all, and there might be no limits to what she can do — like, say, create actual humans. In the comics, Wanda created two children for the Vision and herself. (On that subject, there’s actually a rumor floating around that we might see those two children pop up in Avengers 4.)
But if the Scarlet Witch can create children, what’s stopping her from creating a new body for Vision in Infinity War? If that’s the case, then perhaps Wanda could create something else entirely. The brief sequence in the trailer shows us that Vision, while human, still possesses the Mind Stone in his forehead. If Vision is the only thing that stands between Thanos and the Stone, perhaps Wanda believes making him human could mean he wouldn’t need the Stone anymore — that Thanos wouldn’t be able to get his hands on it. Could this all-new Vision then have a much different role to play in the war for the Infinity Stones?
In Marvel Comics’ The Infinity Gauntlet, a story that serves as partial inspiration for Avengers: Infinity War, there’s a main player who is important in the fight against Thanos: Adam Warlock. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because “Adam” was named by Ayesha in the mid-credits scene of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. But director James Gunn has been adamant that his version of Warlock won’t be featured in Avengers 3 or 4. That then leaves a spot open, one that a new, almost-human Vision could fill.
After all, Warlock was created to be the perfect human, and he was powered by the Soul Stone in his forehead on top of that. In that way, Wanda creating her very own perfect human (Paul Bettany, of course) who is powered not by the Soul Stone but by the Mind Stone, could turn Vision into something else entirely. He could still be himself, but become something new all the same, someone who could take on the role of Adam Warlock in the events to come.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland and Anthony Mackie. The film opens May 4, 2018.
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