When Vision Became Ultron And Caused Chaos In Marvel

One of the best character development in the Marvel Cinematic Universe we have seen is of Vision. With an android body, Vision has always proven his worth as an Avenger and claimed his position as one of the strongest Avenger. Vision compromises the mind stone, unlike his counterpart in the comics. But even in the comics, without the mind stone, Vision is no less than a formidable fighter and definitely destructive. With that, he’s an impeccable control and knowledge of the technology, so when Vision decides to almost take over the world’s technology, you know it’s nothing but hell.

If we compare the cinematic Vision, and the comics Vision, the backstory and the purpose of the said character are totally apart. Unlike the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where the Vision is the byproduct of Tony Stark’s AI helper JARVIS inhabiting one of Ultron’s spare bodies, the comics version of this Avenger is actually built by Ultron himself. That makes Ultron Vision’s father. Ultron built Vision to defeat the Earth’s mightiest heroes, the Avengers, using the brain patterns of another superhero, who’s the Wonder Man. It’s his refusal to become like his murderous creator that drives Vision to become an Avenger.

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Many Vision-centered stories in The Avengers comics naturally focus on Vision’s relationship with Ultron and how his more “human” traits of compassion and love contrast with the cold, unflinching evil of the supervillain robot that created him. All of this would culminate in an underrated Avengers story arc called Absolute Vision, where Vision’s love for the human race almost drives him to become the thing he hates most-his father, Ultron. Starting in Avengers #243 by Roger Stern, Al Milgrom, and Joe Sinnott, Vision was appointed the new chairman of the Avengers team after being damaged in a previous battle and subsequently repaired. This would normally be a cause for celebration but what the Avengers didn’t realize at the time is that fixing the Vision’s body led to a shift in the personality of the hero where he became much more powerful but also less caring about humanity.

The payoff for this plot point wouldn’t come until Avengers # 251 when Vision decides that in order to protect the human race he needed to take control of Earth’s computer system and control the population directly. This plan, while well-intentioned, is also eerily similar to Ultron’s multiple attempts to eradicate humanity in the comics by taking over earth’s technology.

But that wasn’t done here. Now we introduce the Eternals, as they are going to be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, let’s talk about their connection with all this. What we earlier said, was all done thanks to the influence of ISAAC, an AI built by the Eternals, whose CPU was used to speed up the resurrection of Vision. ISAAC’s corrupting influence convinced the Vision that this was the only way to ensure peace on Earth, and he would have succeeded if not for a last-minute change of heart. The climax of the story takes place in Avengers # 254, wherein the Avengers try to stop Vision with physical force only to be defeated. Ultimately the Avengers are able to save the world and rescue their friend from ISAAC by appealing to his humanity and convincing him with words that his actions are wrong, causing Vision to voluntarily undo his takeover of the world and physically rip ISAAC’s CPU out of his brain.

All this only proves how underrated this timeline of Vision’s is, and just how important he is to the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. Instead of shoving Vision aside, Marvel Studios have rather decided to put the character into play and explore his humanity as well with the currently streaming Disney+ WandaVision series, which premiered on January 15, 2021.

After Avengers: Infinity War, this is the first that we’ll see of Vision ever since he was killed by Thanos. Well, first he was killed by Wanda herself in order to protect the stone from Thanos, but Thanos then reversed time and killed Vision to procure the stone for himself, then completing all the empty spaces in his Infinity Gauntlet. He then proceeded to wipe out half of the life in all of the universe to restore balance. WandaVision will focus heavily on alternate time reality, and Wanda Maximoff, a.k.a., Scarlet Witch, played by Elizabeth Olson will finally get the spotlight she deserves and the MCU fans will not see her power.
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