Vision (Marvel Comics)
Vin Diesel To Join Marvel Universe As Vision?
Will Vin Diesel join the Avengers on the big screen
Yesterday we brought you guys official word of the 2015 release date for The Avengers 2. And with Joss Whedon back to write and direct…and the Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and Hulk actors reprising their roles…were starting to wonder what newcomers could be joining the second chapter of Marvel’s mighty superhero lineup. Well in the same week as the big Avengers 2 announcement, Chronicles of Riddick star Vin Diesel posted this photo of marvel comic book character Vision to his Facebook profile… with a caption that reads True Vision. Vin Diesel does use Facebook to keep his fans in the know, sooo…trying to tell us something here Vin? Along with Black Panther and Iron Fist…Vision was named a while back as one of Marvel’s lesser known properties that could make it’s way to the silver screen… and perhaps The Avengers 2 is that debut.
Vision is a superhuman, solar powered android that originally appeared in The Avengers comic in 1968. The red and yellow synthezoid was originally created by the robot Ultron to avenge Ant-Man…another possible character joining the Avengers 2 gang. An alternate fan favorite for the Vision role is Clark Gregg, who starred as Agent Phil Coulson in the avengers. Ever since Agent Coulson’s death, fans have been trying to find a way to bring him back to the franchise and Vision could be a way to do it. One fan even went so far as to sculpt this intricate 3D imagining of Clark Gregg as Vision. But even if we don’t see Vision and his solar jewel in the Avengers 2, he’s appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy stories so there’s a chance we could see him in that 2014 film. So are we to take Vin’s social media hint seriously? Or does he really just like the Vision? Let us know in the comments below if Vin is your pick for vision and be sure to keep it locked on Clevver Movies for all your Avengers 2 news. I’m Simone Boyce and thanks for watching!
The first Vision was created by the writer-artist team of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby in Marvel Mystery Comics #13 (Nov. 1940), published by Marvel predecessor Timely Comics during the 1930s-1940s period fans and historians call the Golden Age of Comic Books.
The second Vision was created by writer Roy Thomas and penciller John Buscema, and first appeared in the superhero-team series The Avengers #57 (Oct. 1968). He became a member of the team, and appeared on a semi-regular basis until #500 (Sept. 2004), when the character was presumably destroyed. The Vision starred with fellow Avenger and wife the Scarlet Witch in the limited series Vision and the Scarlet Witch #1-4 (Nov. 1982 – Feb. 1983), by writer Bill Mantlo and penciller Rick Leonardi. This was followed by a second volume numbered #1-12 (Oct. 1985 – Sept. 1986), written by Steve Englehart and penciled by Richard Howell. A decade later, the Vision appeared in a solo limited series, Vision, #1-4 (Nov. 1994 – Feb. 1995), by writer Bob Harras and penciller Manny Clark. Nearly a decade after that came a second four-issue volume (Oct. 2002 – Jan. 2003), written by Geoff Johns and penciled by Ivan Reis.
The series Young Avengers, which ran 12 issues from April 2005 to August 2006, introduced a new Vision, who is a combination of the synthezoid Vision’s program files and the armor and mental engrams of the hero Iron Lad.
Vision appeared as a regular character in the 2010-2013 Avengers series, from issue #19 (January 2012) through its final issue #34 (January 2013).
Fictional character biography – Timely Vision
First android Vision/”Victor Shade”
The robot Ultron is the creator of the Vision, a type of android he calls a “synthezoid”, for use against Ultron’s own creator, Dr. Henry Pym (Ant-Man/Giant Man/Goliath/Yellowjacket) and Pym’s wife, Janet van Dyne (the Wasp) of the superhero team the Avengers. Ultron sends his new servant to lead the Avengers into a trap. The Wasp is the first to encounter the synthezoid, and describes it as a “vision” while trying to escape. Adopting the name, the Vision is convinced by the Avengers to turn against Ultron. After learning how Ultron created him, using the brain patterns of then-deceased Simon Williams (Wonder Man), the Vision becomes a member of the team. The team initially believes the Vision’s body was created from that of the android original Human Torch. The Avengers later are told that the time lord Immortus used the power of the Forever Crystal to split the original Human Torch into two entities – one body remained the original Torch while Ultron rebuilt the other as the Vision. This was part of his plan to nurture a relationship for the Scarlet Witch that would prevent her from having any children, as her power level meant that any offspring she might have could threaten the cosmic beings of the Marvel Universe.
Not long after joining the team, the Vision is temporarily controlled by Ultron, and rebuilds Ultron of adamantium, battling the Avengers before regaining control of himself. Shortly after that, the Vision first meets Wanda Maximoff, the mutant Scarlet Witch, with whom he later becomes romantically involved. The two eventually marry and, via the Scarlet Witch’s hex powers, they have twin boys named Thomas and William.
When the Vision attempts to penetrate an energy field erected by the villain Annihilus, he “shuts down,” and even after regaining consciousness weeks later, remains paralyzed and assumes a holographic form. He eventually regains control of his body and becomes team leader. Having become unbalanced by these events, he attempts to take control of the world’s computers. With the aid of the Avengers, the Vision is restored to his normal self, but now closely monitored by a coalition of governments.
In a storyline called “Vision Quest”, rogue agents of the United States government, manipulated by the time traveler Immortus, abduct the Vision and dismantle him. The Avengers recover the parts, and Dr. Pym rebuilds the Vision, but with a chalk-white complexion. However, the revived Simon Williams does not allow his brain patterns to be used again to provide a matrix for Vision’s emotions, explaining that the original process, done without his consent, had “ripped out his soul”. This, along with damage to the Vision’s synthetic skin when he was dismantled, results in the synthezoid’s resurrection as a colorless and emotionless artificial human.
The original Human Torch also returns from his own apparent demise, casting doubt on the Vision’s identity. The Vision and the Scarlet Witch’s children are then revealed to be fragments of the soul of the demon Mephisto, who had been broken apart by Franklin Richards shortly before the birth of the twins. The twins are absorbed back into Mephisto, which temporarily drives Wanda insane. Although she recovers, Wanda and the Vision separate, each operating on a different Avengers team.
The Vision gradually regains his emotions, by adopting new brain patterns from deceased scientist Alex Lipton, and gains a new body that resembles his original. In addition, Simon Williams’ brain patterns gradually reemerge and meld with Lipton’s patterns, restoring the Vision’s full capacity for emotion.
Shortly after a reformation of the Avengers, the Vision sustains massive damage in the final battle with the sorceress Morgan Le Fey, and although incapacitated for several weeks, is eventually rebuilt and recovers. While recovering, the Vision gives up his attempt to reconcile with his wife, although he is revealed to retain a fondness for her culture, such as visiting a restaurant that specifically caters to Wanda’s childhood community simply because he enjoys the ambience. Remaining a member of the Avengers, he briefly becomes romantically involved with teammates Carol Danvers (a.k.a. Warbird/Ms. Marvel) and Mantis before attempting again to reconcile with the Scarlet Witch. Grief over the loss of the twins, however, drives Wanda insane again, and she attempts to alter reality to recreate them. This causes a series of catastrophic events that includes the Vision crashing an Avengers Quinjet into Avengers Mansion. The Vision advises his teammates that he is no longer in control of his body, and then expels several spheres that form into five Ultrons. The Avengers destroy them, and an enraged She-Hulk tears apart the remains of the Vision, having been driven to a breaking point by the rapid slew of attacks against the Avengers. The Avengers later believed that Ultron may have put a command in the Vision that would have been activated by the Avengers’ Code White alert during one of the many periods in which Vision was held prisoner by Ultron, though this was never confirmed. The Vision’s operating system and program files are later used in the creation of Iron Lad’s armor. In Mighty Avengers the original Vision is briefly separated from Iron Lad by the power of the Cosmic Cube.
During the Chaos War storyline, the Vision is one of many deceased heroes restored to life after the events in the death realms. Vision joins with the other resurrected Avengers in their fight against Grim Reaper and Nekra. During the fight, Vision blows himself up while in battle with Grim Reaper, killing them both.
Following the Fear Itself storyline, Tony Stark is able to rebuild Vision who once again joins the Avengers. After being informed about what happened after his destruction, the Vision sees She-Hulk, telling her he does not blame her for what happened. He then goes to Utopia to confront Magneto, threatening Magneto to tell him where Wanda is. Magneto uses his powers to subdue the Vision but spares him, saying he believes Wanda still cares for the Vision and that Magneto does not want to hurt her more. Captain America talks to the Vision afterward, telling him he needs to move forward.
During a subsequent confrontation with the returned Wanda at the start of the Avengers vs. X-Men storyline, Vision claims that her use of his body to attack his friends is something that he cannot forgive and, while he banishes her from the mansion, he also sheds tears after her departure.
During the Marvel NOW! relaunch, Vision leaves the Avengers in order to find himself following a battle with Sunturion. After departing the team, he is shown visiting Billy Kaplan, the teenage reincarnation of one of his sons.
Second android Vision/”Jonas”
The second incarnation of the Vision is a fusion of the old Vision’s operating systems and the armor of adventurer Iron Lad, a teenage version of Kang the Conqueror who arrives in the present. Through this merger, Iron Lad is able to access plans the Vision had created in the event of the Avengers’ defeat. He uses these plans to assemble a new team of “Young Avengers.” When Iron Lad is forced to remove his armor to stop Kang the Conqueror from tracking him, the Vision’s operating system causes the armor to become a sentient being.
When Iron Lad leaves the time period, he leaves the armor behind with the Vision’s operating system activated. The exact details of the new Vision’s personality and mental make-up varies from writer to writer. Some writers like Brian Michael Bendis (during the “Collective” storyline) and Ed Brubaker (during “Captain America Reborn”) write him as if he was the original Vision in a new body, while other writers such as Allan Heinberg and Dan Slott write him as an entirely new character.
The new Vision opts to stay with the Young Avengers and serve as a mentor for them, though it is later revealed that (due to Heinberg’s portrayal of him as having Iron Lad’s brainwave pattern be the basis for his personality) he is with the group due to his growing feelings of affection towards Cassie Lang, the super-heroine known as Stature (daughter of Scott Lang). After the events of the superhero “Civil War” over federal registration, the Vision travels the world posing as different people in order to gain a better understanding of who he is. He then finds Cassie and declares his love, and states he has adopted the name “Jonas.” During a later battle between the alien Skrulls and the Avengers, the Vision is shot through the head. He survives and joins with Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. alongside the other Young Avengers.
He joins the new lineup of the Mighty Avengers, along with Stature. They opt to keep their dual memberships in the Avengers and the Young Avengers a secret, in order to hunt for the Scarlet Witch (really Loki in disguise), who arranged for the roster to form. They ultimately tell their teammates this when Loki reveals his impersonation of Wanda and confront him. When the group ultimately disbands following the events of the “Siege”, both rejoin the Young Avengers full-time.
In Avengers: Children’s Crusade, Cassie is killed by Doctor Doom, and Iron Lad decides to take her body into the future to be revived. “Jonas” protests, reasoning that such an action is more in line with Kang’s manipulation of time than what Cassie would want, and Iron Lad murders him. Although his teammates contemplate rebuilding him, they decide against it, both because they lack the 30th-century technology to do so and because, even with their access to his back-ups, the lack of a back-up immediately prior to his death would mean that they would have to tell him about Cassie’s death all over again. Kate prefers to believe that he and Cassie are somehow together wherever they are now.
Powers and abilities
The Vision is described as being ” . . . every inch a human being—except that all of his bodily organs are constructed of synthetic materials.” The Solar Jewel on the Vision’s forehead absorbs ambient solar energy to provide the needed power for him to function, and he is also capable of discharging this energy as optic beams; with this, he can fire beams of infrared and microwave radiation. In extreme cases he can discharge this same power through the Solar Jewel itself which amplifies its destructive effects considerably, albeit at the cost of losing most of his resources. The Vision also possesses the ability to manipulate his density, which at its lowest allows flight and a ghostly, phasing intangibility, and at its heaviest provides superhuman strength, immovability, and a diamond-hard near invulnerability. The Vision is capable of reaching a density ten times greater than that of depleted uranium. On one occasion, the Vision uses this extreme durability to render unconscious the villain Count Nefaria. The Vision often uses his ability to alter his density against foes, by phasing an intangible hand through them and then partially re-materializing it—a process he describes as “physical disruption.” This effect typically causes great pain and results in incapacitation, as is the case when used against the Earth-712 version of the hero Hyperion. Being an artificial life-form/android of sorts, the Vision possesses multiple superhuman senses—as well as superhuman stamina, reflexes, speed, agility, and strength (even without being at high density). The Vision was trained in unarmed combat by Captain America, and is an expert in the combat use of his superhuman powers. The Vision is an expert on his own construction and repair, and is a highly skilled tactician and strategist. The Vision controls his density by interfacing with an unknown dimension to/from which he can shunt or accrue mass, thus becoming either intangible or extraordinarily massive. The Vision also possesses superhuman analytical capabilities, and has the ability to process information and make calculations with superhuman speed and accuracy.
The Vision of the Young Avengers is able to use Iron Lad’s neuro-kinetic armor to recreate the former Vision’s abilities, including strength; density manipulation, and flight. The solar cell on the Vision’s forehead can also emit a beam of infrared and microwave radiation. The Vision is also capable of energy and holographic manipulation, shapeshifting, and time travel.