Vision is one of the strangest and most fascinating characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. His addition to the Avengers roster was a welcome one. He presented a cool take on the idea of artificial intelligence, especially in contrast to the villainous and insane Ultron. Add to that his unique romantic relationship with Wanda Maximoff — seeing him try to cook in Captain America: Civil War is possibly my favorite scene in the entire MCU — and you have a character full of potential.
And now, it looks like he’s going to die in Avengers: Infinity War. I’m not happy about that.
Granted, we shouldn’t trust trailers these days when it comes to providing definitive information about a movie. However, the Infinity War trailer does offer some big hints at Vision’s death.
We see Vision being subjugated by an unknown enemy — is it one of the Black Order? — who is attempting to extract the Mind Stone from Vision’s head. The Mind Stone is one of the six Infinity Stones that Thanos is collecting in order to dominate all of existence. It’s also the thing that makes Vision a fully sentient being. If it’s removed, it’s likely that he dies with it.
Vision was always a candidate for death given his attachment to the Infinity Stone and the fact that he’s a purely supporting character. I’m sure there are plenty of people who won’t be as affected by his potential end.
But they should.
Here’s Why That Sucks
There are so many stories and emotional arcs that Vision could be a part of. I recently finished Tom King’s 12 issue miniseries about the character and it’s one of the best comics I’ve ever read. And to see the MCU version of him get the short shrift is so disappointing.
Especially because the vastness of his power and importance have barely been tapped. Watching him casually pick up Thor’s hammer is one of the most shocking and awesome moments in the MCU’s history. If Infinity War removes Vision before we can have similar jaw-dropping scenes, it will be such a waste of the character.
Plus, the love between Vision and Wanda is reaching a very compelling point. We see in the trailer that Vision has finally taken on a convincingly human form. His entire drive is to try and be more human, so it makes sense that he’d take on a more familiar look in order to please Wanda. Side note: I bet she asks him to remain in his regular form because she loves him just the way he is. I would really love to see this relationship blossom, but it looks like it’s not to be.
I guess we’ll find out if this is the end of Vision when Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on May 4, 2018.