Now dubbed the Vision and operating with human brain patterns, the synthezoid broke through Ultron’s programming to create his own path as a hero, rather than as an instrument of death. Earning Avengers membership once his fellow heroes realized his plight and his good-yet-synthetic heart, the Vision began to discover what it meant to be a champion for humanity.
Beyond the outstanding qualities of the Vision’s artificial body, which include great strength, resistance to harsh conditions, and automatic self-repair, his computer systems rank as world-class and deliver an almost-universal interface with other systems, extensive data storage, and holographic projection.
The Vision sports a “solar gem” on his forehead which can not only collect sunlight to provide energy for him, but can also project heat beams of powerful intensity for offensive purposes. In addition, Vision is able to control the actual density of his android frame to make himself ultra-light, ultra-dense, and even immaterial, all of which may be utilized for defensive and offensive actions. By making himself light, he can also fly to great heights and at high speeds.
The android continues to upgrade himself for better operation and higher functionality. More recent advancements include nanotechnology, shape-shifting, and a supernova burst.
Even an Android Can Make Enemies
Over the course of Vision’s existence, he has made more than a few personal enemies, beginning with his “father,” the murderous mechanical named Ultron. Created by Hank Pym, Ultron saw the creation of the Vision as a way to not only become a parent, in a twisted fashion, but also to eradicate his own enemies, the Avengers. Unfortunately for him, his “son” managed to override his programming with knowledge of the human conscience Ultron granted him, and thus defeat the mission.
The costumed criminal called the Grim Reaper bedeviled the Vision more than once, believing the android a mockery of the Reaper’s own brother, Simon Williams (AKA Wonder Man), whose brain patterns helped Vision toward humanity. Ultimately, the criminal lost his life to an android the Vision himself built years after his own creation.
Other important figures in the android’s rogues gallery are the so-called AntiVision, an evil version of the Vision from an alternate Earth, and the Gremlin, another offshoot of Phineas Horton’s early robotics work who went on to master use of the solar gem as an agent of the Russians.
Family and Friends
Without a doubt, it remains the Vision’s closest allies and loved ones who have impacted his search for purpose and growth as a person the most. No list of these individuals can be made before placing Wanda Maximoff, the Scarlet Witch, as the first entrant.
The Vision met Wanda in his earliest days as an Avenger, and despite his artificial existence, he felt a strong attraction to his teammate, one which she reciprocated. Despite doubts and even hatred for their growing romance, particularly from Wanda’s brother Pietro, the two saw it through and, deeply in love, eventually married. Through many ups-and-downs, they persevered as a team of two, even going so far as to retire from Avengers membership and concoct a way for Wanda to have children, but ultimately their union dissolved after one of the Vision’s most extreme bouts of emotion purging. Happily, they’ve built a friendship since, and watch over each other as they continue through life.