For millennia, the immense, robotic entity called Gah Lak Tus has traveled the galaxies, destroying all life-bearing planets in its path. It bombards targeted worlds with psychic “fear” broadcasts and a flesh-eating virus, eradicating all life. It then breaks open the dying world to its core and sucks dry all its energy, leaving a permanently lifeless husk. Only the extraterrestrial Kree race learned the true nature of Gah Lak Tus, creating the Eidolon Apparition Vision android to contact worlds in Gah Lak Tus’s path, warning them to evacuate or face extinction.
A century ago, Vision tried to warn Earth of Gah Lak Tus, but crash-landed in the sub-arctic Tunguska region of Siberia. Twenty-three years later, Soviet explorers found the Vision in a self-repair coma. The Soviet authorities began a decades-long dissection of Vision, using his technology to supply their Super-Soldier program. Components removed from Vision were grafted onto human subjects, turning many of them into crazed monsters. When their funding collapsed after the fall of the Soviet Union, the project’s staff locked away the Vision and their experimental super-soldiers in a bunker.
One decade later, the Vision repaired himself enough to broadcast a signal reaching all Earth communications networks and even higher telepathic frequencies, trying to warn of the coming doom but instead causing fear and mass suicides. Thinking this was a terrorist attack, General Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. assembled a black ops team consisting of himself, Captain America, Sam Wilson and Black Widow to shut the signal down. Simultaneously, Professor Charles Xavier sent the X-Men Colossus, Marvel Girl, and Wolverine to the same area to rescue what he thought was an abused psychic. Both teams fought their way through hordes of crazed superhuman horrors in the bunker to reach the partially disassembled Vision, who finally delivered its warning. Vision was taken into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody, where Wilson has worked with the android, Kree defector Mahr Vehl, and a captured Kree database, trying to determine what Gah Lak Tus is and how to defend Earth from it.