What Marvel Wants You To Forget About The Vision

Thanks to Paul Bettany’s portrayal of the
character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Vision is now known to the moviegoing masses
as a full-fledged member of the Avengers — but the super-powerful synthezoid hasn’t always
been a friend to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Since his introduction in the late ’60s, Vision
has been the focus of some truly memorable arcs. From his undeniable similarities to a certain
DC character, to his penchant for taking over the planet, here’s everything Marvel doesn’t
care for you to know about Vision. Not that Vision The version of the Vision made popular by
the MCU has been around in the comics for several decades now, but he wasn’t actually
the first character to use the name. In November 1940, four weeks before Captain
America made his debut, an alien lawkeeper by the name of Aarkus was introduced to the
Marvel Universe, appearing through a smoky portal in the pages of Marvel Mystery Comics
#13. After freezing a mobster alive, he introduced
himself as “The Vision” and explained that he’d come to Earth to fight crime. His vigilante spree didn’t last very long,
with the character making his last appearance for some time in 1943. In 1968, Marvel scribe Roy Thomas approached
Stan Lee about adding Vision to the Avengers lineup. He’d grown frustrated at not being able to
use Marvel’s heavy hitters, and wanted to bolster the ranks with the neglected alien
hero. When Lee said no, Thomas sort of went ahead
and just did it anyway, using Aarkus as an inspiration for a character with a strikingly
familiar name and look. Thomas spoke to the magazine Back Issue in
2014, saying, “‘[Stan] wanted the new Avenger to be an android,
though he never said why. […] I split the difference and called the
android the Vision and adapted the old costume, but little else, for the new character.” Red Tornado watch The similarities Vision has with Aarkus were
intentional. The things he has in common with DC’s Red
Tornado? That’s a different story. If you aren’t familiar, Red Tornado made his
debut appearance in Justice League of America #64 in August 1968, two months before Marvel
introduced the new Vision to Avengers readers. In the issue, the Justice Society of America
is shocked when a robotic version of the hero they once knew as a different Red Tornado
arrives at their headquarters. At first, they’re skeptical of his motives,
but a mutual trust emerges as they realize the big red guy is on their side. The parallels between the Red Tornado and
Vision were striking. Both had red skin and a high-collared costume,
and both were created by a supervillain to destroy a team of heroes that they would promptly
end up joining. Even weirder, both characters were android-inspired
reworkings of older comic book characters of the same name. We’ll never be 100 percent certain which of
the characters was created first. For whatever reason, robots with emotions
was one of 1968’s weird vibes. Double Vision While the Aarkus version of Vision may have
inspired the Vision we know, the original didn’t stay gone. In the early ’90s, Roy Thomas got his wish
and was finally given permission to bring Aarkus back into the Marvel Universe. The Golden Age alien returned to action in
the third issue of The Invaders, coming back to do what he does best — fight Nazis. The original Vision continues to pop up from
time to time in modern Marvel comics, helping out his allies from the Golden Age whenever
they need a hand. Confusingly, he’s often still called Vision
instead of Aarkus. Even by comic book standards, that makes things
a little complicated. “I suppose we’re both disappointments.” Logic and emotion While Vision comes off as one of the most
original of the on-screen Avengers, his original creation was heavily informed by contemporary
sci-fi. According to Thomas, Vision’s personality
and temperament was inspired by the character of Spock, the half-human, half-Vulcan first
officer of the USS Enterprise. Despite their superficial differences, both
characters serve the same function — they’re wells of knowledge that, in spite of their
outward coldness, have deep wells of compassion and long for acceptance. Another inspiration for Vision was “I, Robot”,
a 1939 short story by Otto and Earl Binder With that story, which pre-dated Isaac Asimov’s
version by decades, the brothers introduced the character of Adam Link, a self-aware robot
that Thomas calls “one of the first sympathetic robot stories.” Over a series of ten tales, Adam went to war,
participated in sports, was put on trial, and fought to be recognized as a sentient
citizen. His arc helped paved the way for countless
sci-fi stories that followed, from Age of Ultron to, well, I, Robot. “Robots don’t feel fear. They don’t feel anything. They don’t get hungry they don’t sleep.” “I do. I have even had dreams.” Vanishing act Filmgoers already know the adorable romance
between Vision and Scarlet Witch. They’re two outsiders with a romantic connection,
and it’s a relationship with roots in the comics, making them much more than just Avengers
with benefits. Taking some time off from saving the world,
the comic book couple married, moved to the suburbs, and most puzzlingly, made twins together. That’s right, and Doctor Strange even delivered
the babies — seriously. But how? Turns out, when superpowers are involved,
life finds a way. Scarlet Witch’s pregnancy came about through
a combination of her probability-altering hex powers and — literally — “magick”. The fact that Vision and Scarlet Witch were
able to conceive at all was a little far-fetched, even for comics, and their domestic bliss
quickly turned to psychological horror. As it turned out, little Tommy and Billy weren’t
real children, but magical/demonic hybrid constructs fueled by Scarlet Witch’s powerful
subconscious. The ordeal, somewhat understandably, temporarily
turned Scarlet Witch completely insane, and her marriage to Vision deteriorated in the
aftermath. The two separated and started operating on
different Avengers teams, the clearest form of superhero divorce there is. While the event tore the young family apart,
there was some semblance of a happy ending years later when Young Avengers introduced
the mutants Wiccan and Speed, reincarnations of the twins who would eventually meet their
mom for real. Visions of evil Vision’s absurd power set makes him a formidable
hero to contend with. Able to fly, shoot lasers, control technology,
shapeshift, phase through solid matter, heal himself and more. He’s the sort of character who could probably
take over the world if he wanted. So in classic What If? fashion, Marvel’s writers
have occasionally had him do just that. In 1985’s Mighty Avengers #253, Vision abandoned
his physical form so he could assume control of the world’s entire computer network and
create a new paradise on Earth. The Avengers had started to become wary of
his odd behavior over the previous few issues, and were forced to stop him before he got
too powerful. Vision’s actions led to the synthezoid being
dismantled by government officials, but he wouldn’t stay bits and pieces forever. Vision has also been teased as a powerful
monster, like when he was recently compelled to join up with the Hydra Avengers, the team
of heroes-gone-bad that was featured in the 2017 crossover event Secret Empire. Under the control of an A.I. virus, Vision
helped a Hydra-aligned Captain America as he set out on a mission to take over the world
on the evil organization’s behalf. It’s a scary situation for the heroes when
Vision turns bad, and hard enough to deal with that it doesn’t happen often. Fortunately, Paul Bettany’s Vision seems much
too purehearted for that — unless, of course, your name is Hawkeye or War Machine. Thanks for watching! Click the Looper icon to subscribe to our
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  1. Isn't the Vision just like the Martian in the justice league? They have the same exact powers and personality. Both even have British accents.

  2. puts on a nerd voice The original Vision actually appeared in recent years in a couple of Invaders runs, x-men legacy, and the torch. The latest appearance being in 2014 i think.

  3. I can't believe it! I thought the "What If" franchise was going to make me rich. I didn't even think anyone else but me remembered them.

  4. Vision and Scarlet Witch divorced because he was rebuilt and didn’t see why he was married. Then later she killed some heroes when he was back to normal and they are still on the rocks so your info is wrong on that.

  5. what has the world come to i dont read comic books. why do they shove this stuff down our throats. sure the visualizations are awesome in comicbook movies but has hollywood really lost their imaginations that they need to ressurect this from crap comics?

  6. marvel definitely wanted me to forget the things that wrote about in their comics. it could ruin them if you continue exposing them like this

  7. I have the hard book version of that Avengers West Coast comic where Master Pandemonium manipulates the Avengers on Mephisto’s behalf.

  8. The title is very misleading. Yes, some of this stuff we want to forget about him, but Marvel really couldn't give two shits if we know about this. It just means someone's reading their comics. Plus most of this information is great to know.

  9. Why’s he making time with his daughter in the thumbnail? I hate when channels use images for the preview that aren’t in the video. Thumbs down for click baitin.

  10. I love it when I’m watching one of these type of videos and suddenly it’s my boi Dexter Manning doing the narration.

  11. Howdy from Texas. Awesome video! 2.5m subs?! Wow! One day. Maybe one day. Haha Just hit 100 subscribers and I’ve got a giveaway going on. Wanted to let the community know so you can come and enter for a chance to win a Jim Starlin signed Infinity Gauntlet tpb!

  12. You also should have mentioned that he is the original Human Torch, after being 'updated' by Ultron, making him Marvel's first superhero (Namor and an earlier version of Ka-Zar debuted first but they were not superheroes in their first stories).

  13. Is there anything Doctor Steven Strange can't do? He's a world famous neurosurgeon, while also being a powerful magician who can control time, and a part time obstetrician who delivers half-android half-mutant demon babies that don't really exist.

  14. The Vanishing Act segment is so…heartless and cold. Typical of comic book storyline writers.

  15. We will see something like vision in real life sooner than we may think through tech this will be possible

  16. Oh my god, is now literally everyone with thights and cape automatically a Superman Rip Off? Sure, Heroes like Sentry and Blue Marvel „stole“ Supermans look, but otherwise, nothing is the same. The only Heroes that can actually be called Superman Rip offs are Gladiator and Hyperion.

  17. I have always blamed JOHN BYRNE for ruining The Vision as a character during his abysmal run on West Coast Avengers! The movie version of the character is the first truly good thing that's been done with The Vision since then! Ditto Scarlet Witch!

  18. you seem to have forgotten that for many years the vision's android body was thought to have originally been inhabited by the original android human torch jim hammond.

  19. Dude i knew vision from Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes from the ultron storyline and that one where the purple man manipulated stark to become the evil dictator overlord of the world with giant mechs patrolling the streets etc.

  20. i can't wait to see if Marvel will make the twins comes to life maybe they will be the bridge to Avengers and Xmen ^^

  21. I honestly have not seen him that "usefull" yet for avenger. I think something must be done about his existence in MCU movies beside holding stone. 😕

  22. Isn't anyone weirded out that since Scarlet& Vision are married…that makes their parents ( Magneto & Ultron) in-laws?!

  23. Vision is like scarlet witch superadvance sexrobot lmao.

    I know their relationship in comics before you get triggered.

  24. Id like to point out that Vision actually has the soul stone. Your Welcome 💪.. get on my IQ level lol

  25. You said the vision has shape-shifting. To my knowledge he's never demonstrated that power. He has density control over his body but I'm unaware of him ever changing its shape

  26. Anyways, Vision isn't a robot, a toaster, a microwave, a machine, or an android, and he's more than scarletvision stannies say he is, have a nice day.

  27. The Scarlet Witch is probably one of the most powerful person in the Marvel universe. Not the MCU.

  28. Because they need a movie of scarlet reviving the vision and the quicksilver or maybe she will learn her full potential and go back in time saving the vison and the quicksilver(her twin brother)

  29. Skull was the first vision it should said year years later it was revealed but there's also another revelation he might be from another universe a multiverse character still a skull and there's even a link to the story of Superskull?

  30. Vision has many potential powers but shape shifting well not for along time he can shift his density and transparencies ability and never had other options to change his form into other shapes in the future he may have upgraded to a new body including physical powers he can protect his mind into other machines and possibly teleport or use sun rays to increase his mobility and strength and speed on a multiverse level?

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