Posted on Friday, March 14th, 2014 by Peter Sciretta
It has been reported that Paul Bettany will be playing The Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Kevin Feige refused to officially confirm the character when Germain asked him this week, but it seems like a sure thing at this point. So who is The Vision? What do you need to know about this Marvel comic book character before we ramp up our excitement for Avengers 2? IGN has put together a five minute video that is acts on a primer. Watch it now embedded after the jump.
Video Primer: Avengers 2 The Vision
Marvel’s History of The Vision
According to the Marvel.com wiki:
The metal monstrosity called Ultron created the synthetic humanoid known as the Vision from the remains of the original, android Human Torch of the 1940s to serve as a vehicle of vengeance against the Avengers, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Himself constructed by size-changing scientist Henry Pym, Ultron inadvertently gained sentience and rebelled against the Avengers’ resident roboticist. The living machine programmed the Vision’s neural processors with the brain patterns of the ionically charged costumed champion called Wonder Man and implanted a control crystal to keep him in check.
Ultron dispatched the Vision to draw the Avengers into a deathtrap, and it was during this initial encounter that the diminutive dynamo known as the Wasp coined the synthezoid’s name. At first sight of the spectral entity, the horrified heroine called him an “unearthly, inhuman vision.” Moved by the Avengers’ plight, the Vision betrayed his programming and helped the mighty mortals defeat his calculating creator.
The Vision served the Avengers faithfully for a number of years, standing with his teammates against the foes no single hero could defeat. Tentatively at first, the almost-human android embarked on a romantic relationship with the hex-casting heroine called the Scarlet Witch that blossomed into true love and marriage. The newlyweds left Avengers Mansion to live a quiet life in New Jersey.
When the Vision’s malfunctioning control crystal interfered with his ability to reason, he became bent on creating a new golden age of peace on Earth by seizing control of the world’s computers and defense systems. Ultimately, the Vision reverted to form by severing his connection to the planet’s databanks and extracting the control crystal from his mechanized mind. In the wake of the android Avengers’ meltdown, the nations of Earth came to regard him as a high-level security threat.