WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War, in theaters now.
It certainly took all the heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe uniting to try to fend off the threat of Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War. However, one Avengers was taken off the board pretty early in the blockbuster: Paul Bettany's The Vision.
Given that he held a Mind Stone and was a primary target of Thanos and Black Order, many fans expected him to figure more into the battle. But during an event held Wednesday in Washington, D.C., at the Smithsonian, directors Joe and Anthony Russo explained the decision to de-power The Vision was to make him more susceptible to becoming a victim of Thanos.
Early in the movie, Vision and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) are attacked by Corvus Glaive and Proxima Midnight, who arrived to claim the Mind Stone implanted in the android's forehead. In the melee, Glaive used his staff to stab Vision, and as a result of the weapon's cosmic powers, it prevented the Avenger from being able to fly long distances or become intangible.
The directors indicated they wanted to impede his impressive array of powers in order to make him more vulnerable as he was being hunted. Given how we've seen Vision destroy Ultron and his army, as well as tackle his fellow Avengers in Captain America: Civil War, he may well have been too overpowered for the Black Order, and quite possibly a match for the Mad Titan himself.
Check back later for CBR’s full report of the Russo brothers’ Smithsonian presentation.
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.