There are spoilers here ... so avoid this article if you haven’t seen Avengers Age of Ultron and intend to.
Avengers Age of Ultron is killing it in theaters now and one of the characters it introduces is the Vision. Variously referred to in the comics as an Android or Synthezoid which essentially means that he’s much more than a robot, he’s an artificial man and his physical body is an artificial facsimile of a human bodies biological and neurological functions. The MCU Vision’s incarnation moves this definition beyond traditional understandings of artificial.
In the movie Tony Stark’s scientist associate Dr Helen Cho is presented as having cutting edge technology of repairing wounds and demonstrates it on Hawkeye after the opening battle against Baron Strucker’s castle. Pietro Maximoff enters the field and distracts Hawkeye long enough for him to be seriously wounded in the abdomen. Later, back at Avenger’s Tower Dr Cho employs a local device to apply a surgical patch over the wound that seems to behave like programmable, dissolvable stitches and is explained will be indistinguishable from real tissue when the process is complete. Dr Cho further comments that what will take hours with her transportable equipment will takes minutes in her “creche” in her own lab. This creche which I can’t find a picture of but resembles an enclosed sarcophagus becomes central to Ultron’s plan to build himself the perfect body, based upon a combination of human tissue and vibranium which Ultron remarks is much more versatile than being mere material for a frisbee aka Captain America’s iconic shield.
Ultron is denied as transfer of his consciousness to the new body is repeatedly interrupted during the subsequent battles and eventually Tony Stark’s restored AI JARVIS combined with the mysterious properties of the Mind Gem, the infinity stone that has been the source of power for Loki’s staff as well apparently for the“miracle” powers of twins Wanda and Pietro Maximoff, fuse to produce a new entity we come to know simply as The Vision or just Vision played by the voice of JARVIS, Paul Bettany now finally ‘in the flesh’ and required to work for his bags of money.
The MCU has taken the idea of Android/Synthezoid one step further giving Vision a body that is both based on human tissue and infused with vibranium molecules which affords him great strength and resilience and in my opinion the vibrational properties of vibranium provide an excellent sci-fi explanation for Vision’s ability to levitate and become intangible. It seems to me that this even more human body than the comics describe might just be capable of male reproductive processes and we long time fans know that Vision was married to the Scarlet Witch / Wanda Maximoff for years. The outcome of that comics union is a whole story I don’t want to get into here, but its tragic end began with Wanda’s giving birth to twins using her magic might be avoided if the Vision is more man than machine.
Too bad Whedon didn’t take a crack at resurrecting the comics Vision before his latest evolution as a nanite based being (I missed All New All Different Avengers this passed Saturday; I’m curious if this Avengers AI characteristic will be retained).
In the closing credits as we already expected Thanos slips his left hand into a gem-free Gauntlet we know will be the Infinity Gauntlet declaring that he’ll “have to do it himself” thus giving us the forecast to the next two part Avengers movies; Infinity War.
So what this clearly forecasts to me is that Vision’s lifespan will probably be short as in the next Avenger’s Infinity War Part One short. In order to complete the Infinity Gauntlet the Mind Gem will need to be forcefully extract from his brow which is to me an echo of Thanos killing Adam Warlock and extracting the Soul Gem from Warlock’s brow as seen in Avengers King Size Annual #7 and Marvel Two in One #2 .
Notably, the comics Vision has a mere “solar gem” in his brow, not an Infinity Stone and it’s this difference that struck my curiosity.
Am I right to assume that WHEN Thanos successfully acquires the Mind Gem this will kill the Vision? Or perhaps his mind will have settled in his body’s “brain” allowing him to survive the extraction? Can the Avenger’s defeat Thanos without the Vision on their side?
Anybody else share these dire forecasts for the Vision?