It may have only been 30 seconds long, but the Super Bowl promo for Avengers: Infinity War did not disappoint. Not only did it include all-new footage from the upcoming Marvel Studios film, fans also got their first look at Captain America’s new shield, thanks to the African nation of Wakanda.
But what might have gone overlooked while all eyes were on Cap’s shield, is a pivotal clue regarding the Vision. Specifically, we see the synthezoid without the Mind Stone that brought him to life in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
The first trailer for Infinity War showed the Vision in two completely different states. In one scene, we see a very human-looking Vision in a romantic moment with Scarlet Witch, with the Mind Stone glowing brightly on his forehead. The second scene displayed Vision in a defensive position while who we can assume is Corvus Glaive — a member of Thanos’ Black Order — begins prying the Mind Stone out of his forehead, using his staff to claw into the Avengers’ cranium.
We know much of Infinity War will follow Thanos as he goes about collecting all of the Infinity Stones, and since Vision is in possession of one of the cosmic relics, it was only a matter of time before the Mad Titan or one of his lackeys showed up on Vision’s doorstep. However, one lingering question was whether the Vision survive when he’s not bonded to the Mind Stone. The Infinity War Super Bowl spot would seem to confirm that yes, he can, as we see a clear shot of Vision minus the glowing artifact.
Our best guess is this scene takes place after a confrontation between Cap’s underground Avengers unit and the Black Order, with Captain America and Black Widow escorting the Vision down the hallways of the Avengers’ facility in upstate New York. Though blocked from our view, it appears Vision is leaning on someone for support; possibly Scarlet Witch or Falcon, since they sided with Steve Rogers against Iron Man in Captain America: Civil War.
But while the Vision minus the Mind Stone apparently doesn’t equal a death sentence, that doesn’t guarantee he’ll make it out of Infinity War alive. The Avengers will need all the help they can get to defeat Thanos and stop the Mad Titan from completing his Infinity Gauntlet, and that means the Vision at full-strength.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Anthony Mackie as the Falcon, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, Tom Holland as Spider-Man, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, Chris Pratt as Star Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Vin Diesel as Groot, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, and Josh Brolin as Thanos. The film opens May 28.
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