One character we’ve only seen glimpses of in the promotions for Avengers: Age of Ultron is The Vision. Having been a part of the Avengers sporadically since his debut in 1968, a lot of people still don’t have a sense of who he is or what he’s about. So just for our readers here’s a little bio on one of the more unique Avengers so you don’t go into the movie completely blind. Who knows, The Vision could be your newest favorite comic hero!
First Appearance: The Avengers # 57 (Oct. 1968)
Created by: Roy Thomas, Stan Lee, John Bucema
Team Affiliations: The Avengers, West Coast Avengers, Avengers AI, Uncanny Avengers
Abilities: Density Control, Flight, Phasing, Regeneration, Superhuman level agility, intelligence and strength and Technopathy.
The Vision was originally created by the rouge AI, Ultron, for use in his plans against the Avengers with the body of the original Human Torch, also an android, and the brain patterns of the deceased hero, Wonderman. His name however came from a different source, Janet van Dyne, an Avenger known as The Wasp, calling him an “unearthly, inhuman vision” the first time she laid eyes upon him. The first mission given to the Vision was to kill Janet van Dyne, but in the middle of his attack he fell unconscious. Moments later Hank Pym arrived on the scene, moving the unconscious Vision to Avenger’s Mansion to further investigate this new foe with the help of the Black Panther and Hawkeye. While running tests on him the Vision awakens and tries to attack the Avengers, but is subdued by Hank Pym. The Vision recalls his mission to kill the Wasp, but it takes a bit for him to remember that Ultron sent him to do so. Upon realizing this, the Vision is able to push away his feelings of hatred toward the Avengers and agrees to take them to Ultron. In the next issue of The Avengers (#58) we delve deeper into the events that brought the Vision to life and after being tested by Captain America, Iron Man and Thor the Vision is accepted into the ranks of the Avengers.
Soon after joining the Avengers he began to fall in love with Wanda Maximoff, also known as the mutant heroine the Scarlet Witch. Eventually the two were married and had two sons, but unfortunately they didn’t go on to live happily ever after. As it turns out their sons were actually created via Scarlet Witch’s hex powers and in reality each son was a fragment of the demon Mephisto. Upon learning this Wanda looses her grip on sanity and her and the Vision stop being together.
As time goes on the Vision is either destroyed or dismantled several times by various groups, but each time with the skills of Hank Pym or Tony Stark he is reassembled. The most famous time he was destroyed occurred at the beginning of a story arc called “Avengers Disassembled” when he crashes a quinjet into Avengers Mansion and releases a legion of Ultron bots who attack anyone left standing. Going into a rage She-Hulk tears the Vision in half.
Despite having quite a history in the Marvel Universe, The Vision has been a pivotal character since his inception, finding himself in many influential stories. Some of his most exciting exploits are in The Avengers #57 – #58, #66 – #68, #133 – #135. He can also be found in West Coast Avengers #42 – #45 in a story known as Vision Quest. At the moment he can be found in the current run of Uncanny Avengers and of course you can see him this weekend in The Avenger’s sequel, The Age of Ultron!