Avengers 2: Age of Ultron – Who/What is Vision?

Vision Age of Ultron 1By now you’ve probably seen the released photos of Vision in the upcoming Avengers 2: Age of Ultron – whether concept art or the leaked promotional billboard above. If not, then SURPRISE!!!!!! Though whether you’ve seen the photos or not, do you actually know who Vision is and how he’ll be portrayed in the upcoming film? Well that is exactly what we’re going to tackle here today thanks to some good old news round ups and Paul Bettany’s exclusive San Diego Comic Con interview. So let’s get ready to meet the ultimate synthozoid himself – Vision.

Who Is Vision:


Vision’s origin changes slightly depending on which media you follow; but in every telling he is the creation of Ultron – the title villain of the new film. Though Vision is much more complex than a mere android. Like Ultron, he has a personality; but Vision takes it a step further and actually possesses – dare I say it – humanity. In the original comics, this was accomplished by him receiving the brain patterns of another hero named Wonder Man.

At his core, Vision is a very deep and complex character. His first appearance in Avengers #57 began with him watching Janet Van Dyne – aka the Wasp – and then giving chaise to her by phasing through the walls like a ghost as she tried to escape in fear. Though despite his fearful presence, Vision’s most iconic role is how even he a synthetic humanoid can have humanity. In the following issue, Avenger #58, Vision remembers his creation at the hands of Ultron and – despite his past – is accepted into the Avengers.

The tale ends with Vision walking off seemingly quite; but in reality he is actually crying. This is such a powerful scene of acceptance and beauty that it has stuck with fans all these years; and will most certainly appear in the film in some way, shape or form. Speaking of which …

Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron:

So we’ve now seen that Vision will maintain a lot of his iconic look in the film; but what about his personality and abilities? Well SuperHeroHype got to sit down with Paul Bettany – the voice of JARVIS and plays Vision – during San Diego Comic Con and talk to him about the new role. Now whereas Bettany stayed silent on most things – for fear of Marvel Studio Snipers – he actually gave us an exciting peak into what direction Vision will take in the film; and it looks just as true to form as his appearance.

“The thing that appealed to me is that this sort of nascent creature being born, being both omnipotent and totally naive, the sort of danger of that and complex nature of a thing being born that is that powerful and that created in a second and the choices he makes morally are really complex and interesting. They’ve really managed to maintain all of that, the old image I love is of him crying, I think it’s really expressed kind of beautifully in this “Avengers” film.” – Paul Bettany

Paul truly sums up Vision perfectly here. He has that interesting dynamic of being newborn and fragile; yet having the potential to be frighteningly powerful. He might be created for one purpose; but he will very quickly have to deal with the consequences and morality of his decisions – aspects Ultron was not counting on when he created him. Vision is “someone who is learning about the world at an exponential rate”. This doesn’t just mean he’s dealing with the ideas of good and evil; but his personality will develop rather quickly as well.

Vision Age of Ultron 2

Think about it, Vision will learn from those around him like an infant. So on a team filled with egos and snarky banter – *cough* Tony Stark – Vision will become quite sassy as the film continues. Though despite his infant like roles, he again covers both ends of the spectrum by also being very protective and fatherly. When asked about Vision’s relationship to Tony Stark, Bettany replied that “Vision feels paternal to a number of people”. As for any particular relationship with Scarlet Witch; Bettany only said that Vision feels “protective” over her. How so remains to be seen; but I’m willing to be the two will find something in each other since they are both overwhelmed with stimuli. Vision just entered the world and has to sort out who and what he is. Scarlet Witch on the other hand – as Elizabeth Olsen said – is overstimulated from all the world and forces around her due to her new powers.

As for how Vision betrays Ultron and ‘joins up’ with the Avengers, Bettany obviously wouldn’t go into details; but he did reveal that he has a lot of distrust to navigate through and that “he does it in a quite extraordinarily shocking way”. According to Bettany, “it’s a real roof raiser of a moment.” The important thing to remember in this film is that, “He is not J.A.R.V.I.S. and he is not a child of Ultron, he is the Vision.” Even if J.A.R.V.I.S. proves to be his intellectual blueprint – as many theorize – he is now the Vision; and not just J.A.R.V.I.S. simply in a suit of armor. “

Vision’s Powers in the Film:

As for Vision’s powers, he basically maintains his full range of powers including his most iconic – density control. A while ago it was remarked that Avengers 2: Age of Ultron changes the dynamic of superhero fights. It’s no longer about who can punch harder – though Vision is really good at punching. With Density control as one of his powers, Vision will be able to phase through materials and becoming basically untouchable. Even more exciting is how Bettany revealed that his density control ability isn’t only awesome; but also “exploited brilliantly by Joss in some cool moments when Vision is able to do something that is otherworldly”. But what?

The footage revealed at San Diego Comic Con showed Captain America’s shattered, which is no easy feat considering it’s composed of Vibranium. Though if someone had the ability to phase through material, it could explain how that shield got broken. Either way, the fact that Vision maintains his ‘density’ powers and the growing rumors that the African country of Wakanda will be featured – or at least mentioned – in the film, points to Ultron’s final form possibly being constructed out of Vibranium as well. For if you have something as powerful as density control, you’ll need something just as powerful to justify using it.

Vision Powers

Overall, it is so satisfying to see that Vision is maintaining basically everything that made him so iconic in the comics. If Guardians of the Galaxy proved anything, it’s that Marvel Studios isn’t shy about tackiling their more unrealistic and overpowered characters. These ideas are fulfilled in everything about the movie adaptation of Vision. From powers to personality to look, he is truly the synthozoid that made us feel all those years ago. Stay tuned for more updates here and on Facebook! Until then, check out the full concept art of Vision’s movie design below.

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For the official Disney Plot Summary and what it means for Vision and the film itself, please read Avengers: Age of Ultron Official Plot Details – Wakanda, Ant-Man & JARVIS Confirmed. See you next time!

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