The 10 Best Vision Moments In The MCU
He is much more than the Mind Stone.
The synthezoid known as the Vision, born from a combination of the minds of Ultron, Tony Stark, and Bruce Banner, the AI J.A.R.V.I.S, a body built by Helen Cho, and finally, the Mind Stone, first appeared in the MCU during Avengers: Age Of Ultron. With a vibranium-laced body and in possession of an Infinity Stone, he is easily one of the most powerful Avengers.
He plays a vital role in both Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War, and though he is taken out of play by a serious injury early in Avengers: Infinity War, he still gets in a few good moments before he is killed by Thanos for his Stone at the end of the film.
Now, Vision is set to return, in some form, for the upcoming Disney + series WandaVision. In honour of the character's potential revival, let's look back at Vision's best moments in the MCU.
1. The Birth of Vision
After the disaster that was the creation of Ultron, many of Tony Stark's fellow Avengers disagree with his plans to upload his A.I, J.A.R.V.I.S, into the vibranium-laced synthezoid body that Ultron had planned to use for himself. After a brief fight between Tony and Steve, the power to the new synthezoid is cut off preventing the upload. That is, until Thor arrives, channelling his lightning into the cradle. Soon, Vision bursts out of it. He attacks Thor, but quickly apologises, as the other Avengers look on, unsure how to react. Thor explains that in a recent vision, he saw the Mind Stone as a decisive factor in their coming battles, and helped wake Vision in the hope that the stone would be on their side.
The birth of Vision is an iconic moment in the MCU, and leads into another moment that is equally iconic, if not more so.
2. Vision is Worthy
The Vision, in his own words, admits to the Avengers that:
"I am not what you are.. and not what you intended."
However, he claims to be on the side of life. While he does not really want to destroy a being as unique as Ultron, he acknowledges that he is dangerous and must be destroyed. Vision understands that he is facing an uphill battle to get the Avengers to trust him.. Until he picks up Thor's enchanted hammer. Only the worthy can pick up Mjolnir, and so, the Avengers go from doubtful to completely convinced in a matter of seconds.
In being worthy of Mjolnir, Vision joins an exclusive group consisting only of himself, Thor, and later, Captain America.
3. "It's terribly well balanced."
Vision is taken out of play for a chunk of Age Of Ultron's final battle, burning himself out as he takes on the task of burning all traces of Ultron from the internet. While trying to guard the core that will keep Sokovia from dropping back to Earth too soon, a hammerless Thor is confronted by Ultron. Things are looking bad for Thor, but he manages to keep Ultron talking just long enough for the revived Vision to come to the rescue and send Ultron flying with a swing of Mjolnir. Vision then happily compliments the hammer.
"It's terribly well balanced."
The scene proves that Vision lifting Mjolnir is more than a one-off joke, and that he is definitely an Avenger to be taken seriously.
4. Vision saves the Scarlet Witch
As Sokovia falls, all civilians and the Avengers have been evacuated from the city.. well, almost all of them. New Avenger Wanda Maximoff, devastated by the death of her twin brother, Pietro, had stayed stayed behind to destroy one of the final Ultron copies. She most likely would have been killed when the city fell back to Earth, but at the last moment, she is rescued by Vision, who sweeps her away to safety.
The scene is a perfect tease of the relationship destined to grow between the two characters.
5. Vision destroys the final Ultron
With the battle mostly over, Vision tracks down the very last Ultron in the woods. Though half destroyed already, Ultron taunts Vision, dismissing him as a slave of Tony Stark's. Vision is unbothered by this, pointing out that he and Ultron are, in a way, both disappointments, as neither one is exactly what their creator planned for them to be. He then delivers an insightful observation on humanity.
"Humans are odd. They think order and chaos are somehow opposites, and try to control what won't be.. But there is grace in their failings. I think you missed that."
Ultron points out that humanity is still doomed, and Vision agrees, though points out that a thing is not beautiful because it lasts. When Ultron finally attacks, Vision delivers a killing blow.
The scene becomes even more memorable in hindsight, as the latter part of Ultron and Vision's conversation almost perfectly foreshadows the circumstances of Vision's relationship with the Scarlet Witch.
6. Kitchen conversations
After the disastrous events at the beginning of Captain America: Civil War, Vision attempts to cheer Wanda up by making Paprikash, a dish from her home country. Unfortunately, because Vision cannot eat, this does not necessarily go well. As Wanda attempts to subtly correct the culinary mishap, the pair share a deep conversation on the nature of their powers, and how others view them. Things do go downhill slightly once Wanda realises that Vision has been instructed to keep her confined to the compound, but the interaction is still, ultimately, a positive one, showing how far their relationship has grown, and how it is continuing to deepen.
"And what do you want?"
"For people to see you.. as I do."
Also, the look on Vision's face when he realises he has used the wrong spice is priceless.
7. The Battle at the Airport
Vision plays 7a vital role for team Iron Man during Civil War's pivotal battle at the airport. He unsettles Ant/Giant-Man by phasing through him, and he probably would have kept Cap and Bucky from escaping, if not for Wanda halting the descent of the tower he brought down to try and block their way.
The airport battle is a perfect reminder of how powerful Vision is, even when he is holding back so as not to harm his former teammates.
8. Vision protects Wanda, even when he is injured.
Early in Avengers: Infinity War, Wanda and Vision's romantic rendezvous in Edinburgh is dramatically cut short when they are attacked by Thanos's Black Order, leaving Vision seriously injured and unable to use his phasing abilities. Despite this, Vision still manages to put Wanda's safety before his own throughout most of the ensuing fight, pushing her out of the way of an attack by Corvus Glaive, and twisting in mid air to ensure he takes the brunt of their fall through a Train Station roof.
In just a few short moments, Vision shows how much his love for Wanda has grown since we last saw them.
9. Vision kills Corvus Glaive
After back-up arrives in the form of Captain America, Black Widow, and Falcon, Vision is taken to Wakanda. There, it is hoped that Princess Shuri can remove the Mind Stone while keeping the rest of Vision's mind intact. Unfortunately, Corvus Glaive infiltrates the Lab before the surgery is complete, and Vision tackles the Black Order member out a window to save the Wakandan Princess. Vision is then impaled by Glaive again, but rescued by Captain America.
Unfortunately, Corvus quickly gets the upper hand, pinning Cap to the ground, but before he can deliver a killing blow, Vision impales Corvus with his own weapon.
"We don't trade lives, Captain."
Pretty good for a guy with not one, but two massive stab wounds.
10. Vision's sacrifice
Throughout the film, Vision is aware of the fact that if the Stone cannot be removed, sacrificing himself is likely the only way to keep the Universe safe. Unfortunately, when Thanos arrives in Wakanda, destroying Vision is the only option left, and even more unfortunately, his beloved Wanda is the only one with the power to do it. Even as he faces death, Vision's last thoughts are for Wanda, comforting her as she carries out her terrible task.
"It's alright. You could never hurt me.. I just feel you."
The complete selflessness with which Vision faces his end places him among the greatest Avengers, and makes the pointlessness of his sacrifice even more heart-breaking.
We can't wait to see how the character is revived in WandaVision.