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Paul Bettany to play the Vision in the 'Avengers' sequel, but who is the Vision?

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In a report confirmed by "Variety" on February 6, 2014, Paul Bettany has been cast as the Vision in the Avengers sequel “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” The actor’s voice has previously appeared in the “Iron Man” trilogy as well as the “Avengers” movie as Jarvis the artificial intelligence that runs all of Tony Stark’s gadgets including the Iron Man armor. Now the actor will take on a bigger role as one of the long time Avengers.

The Vision was introduced in the pages of “Avengers” #57 (October 1968) by writer Roy Thomas and artist John Buscema. The artificial man originally attacked the Avengers on the orders of his “father” the artificial intelligence Ultron but later realized the error of his ways and joined the team. James Spader was announced in August of last year as playing the part of Ultron making the Vision’s addition a logical one.

Since the character debuted in 1968 the hero has gone onto great success as a hero and an outstanding member of the Mighty Avengers. The Hollywood Comic Books Examiner takes a look back at the history of Marvel Comics’ Vision.

Behold the Vision
Behold the Vision John Buscema

Behold the Vision

The Vision first appeared in “Avengers” #57 (October 1968). He receives his name as he attacks the home of Avengers Goliath and the Wasp. The Wasp refers to his ghostly demeanor as if he was some sort of “vision.”

The Vision is able to control the density of his body making it as hard as diamond or lighter than air able to fly and pass through walls.

The attack on the Avengers was ordered by the Vision’s creator Ultron who was created by Goliath aka Hank Pym of the Avengers.

Fighting against his “father’s” programming, the Vision turns around and helps the Avengers to victory and in the pages of “Avengers” #58 (November 1968) is welcomed as the team’s newest member.

Finding the truth about his past
Finding the truth about his past Jim Starlin

Finding the truth about his past

The Vision is an artificial man, or in comic terms a synthezoid, originally believed to be created by Ultron. In “Avengers” #93 (November 1971), Hank Pym as Ant-Man enters inside of the Vision to do some repairs. He sees that the parts are of World War II vintage making the Vision’s creation date long before Ultron himself was created.

The Vision embarks on a quest to discover his roots. In a story by writer Steve Englehart in “Avengers” 130-135 (January-May 1975), the Vision discovers the truth that Ultron found the body of the 1940s hero the Original Human Torch and reworked it to make the body a pawn of Ultron.

Ultron erased all of the Original Human Torch’s memories and replaced them with the brain waves of the fallen hero Wonderman. Unfortunately, this was a miscalculation by Ultron as this is what gave the Vision the soul to turn good.

The marriage of the Vision
The marriage of the Vision Gil Kane & John Romita

The marriage of the Vision

Now confident in his past the Vision looks to the future and asks his love, the Scarlet Witch, to marry him. In the pages of “Giant Size Avengers” #4 (June 1975), the Vision and the Scarlet Witch take their wedding vows.

Absolute Vision
Absolute Vision Al Milgrom

Absolute Vision

During a mission for the Avengers the Vision is harmed and must connect to the living computer Isaac on Titan the moon of Saturn to repair himself. The computer helps the Vision to unlock his full potential. The Vision embarks on a crusade where he takes over the Avengers and starts entering his mind into computers around the world. He becomes a security risk to all nations.

Eventually the Vision is able to get his mind back under his control and in the process he ejects the “robotic” part of his mind making him more human than ever. The story by Roger Stern with art by Al Milgrom and John Buscema spans from “Avengers” 231-254 (May 1983-April 1985). Collected in the two volume “Absolute Vision” collection.

A year in the life of the Vision
A year in the life of the Vision Richard Howell

A year in the life of the Vision

After the Vision’s time as the leader of the Avengers comes to a conclusion he and his wife decide to take a much needed vacation from the Avengers. In the second “Vision and Scarlet Witch” (October 1985-September 1986) series writer Steve Englehart follows the adventures of the former Avengers as they look to start a family. Each issue follows one month of the year and at the end the happy couple welcomes twins.

Vision Quest
Vision Quest John Byrne

Vision Quest

When John Byrne took over the writing and art of the “West Coast Avengers” with issue 42 he embarked on the four part “Vision Quest” storyline (March-June 1989).  The story had the United States government kidnap the Vision to find out what secrets he stole from the government while he was under the influence of Isaac. In the process they wiped the Vision’s memories and personality disassembling the hero completely.

The Vision is rebuilt but now his body is more ghostly than ever without the colors his skin had for years before. His memories are restored but any attachments to them are gone as are his feelings for the Scarlet Witch.

An alternate Vision
An alternate Vision Steve Epting

An alternate Vision

In “Avengers” #360 (March 1993), an evil Vision from another dimension kidnaps the Vision of our world and swaps bodies with him. The Vision returns in a body with his original green and yellow color scheme to help defeat the evil Vision and remains in the colorful body.

Disassembled
Disassembled David Finch

Disassembled

In order to completely shake up the Avengers team, incoming writer Brian Michael Bendis needed to get rid of some of the old guard, one of those victims the Vision.

In “Avengers” #500 (September 2004), the Vision was used in an assault on the Avengers which at the time was believed to be orchestrated by Ultron. An enraged She-Hulk grabbed the Vision and tore his body in half putting the hero out of action indefinitely.

Back in action
Back in action Brandon Peterson

Back in action

At the conclusion of his time as writer of the Avengers, Brian Michael Bendis revealed that since the hero had been ripped apart by She-Hulk, Tony Stark has been working the entire time on rebuilding the hero.

In “Avengers” #24.1 (May 2012), the Vision returns to active duties as a member of the Avengers.

Avengers A.I.
Avengers A.I. David Marquez

Avengers A.I.

The Vision is currently serving as a member of the Avengers’ artificial intelligence team comprised of other non-human heroes led by Hank Pym who is in effect the Vision’s grandfather. The adventure continues in the pages of “Avengers A.I.”

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