We may have a year to go until the Avengers finally come face to face with Thanos, but leaks from the Avengers: Infinity War set are already setting speculation swirling through the internet. Yesterday, photos of Paul Bettany shooting a fight sequence as Vision in #InfinityWar surfaced online, but it was difficult to know exactly what was going on. Now, we have a better look at this sequence thanks to a leaked video that found its way to Twitter.
In this video, we can see black-clad assailants fight with Vision, presumably leading on from the other scenes from the Edinburgh set which showed Vision attacked on the streets. This looks to be the end of this sequence, as Vision soars upwards from a prone position, perhaps captured by Thanos himself.
Vision's assailants seem to be Thanos' personal guard, known as the Black Order. Although not officially confirmed to appear in Avengers: Infinity War, it's highly likely the Black Order will turn up, as several of Thanos' henchman have already been cast. And, as hinted in this leaked scene, this may spell doom for Vision...
Kidnapped For His Mind Gem
Poor Vision has had a target on his head ever since his creation in Age of Ultron — and I mean that very literally. Vision is powered by the Mind Stone — the gem at the center of his forehead — and this is one of the five Infinity Stones that Thanos needs to assemble in order to wield unimaginable power.
After the events of Civil War, the #Avengers are in a very vulnerable position right now, especially those who sided with Tony. Despite being the victors, Team Iron Man were left in tatters, with Natasha on the run, Rhodey injured, and Vision stricken with guilt. Even Tony, perpetually on the brink of retirement, doesn't seem overly enthusiastic with saving the world right now, though he will return to mentor Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
So if Thanos were to have his Black Order sneakily attack Vision on the streets of Edinburgh, it's likely that, divided as they are, the Avengers would not be able to rally in time to back Vision up. It's just a theory, but this leaked video might suggest that the Avengers are prompted to go after Thanos in the first place because he's kidnapped Vision.
This would actually make a lot of sense, both from Thanos' point of view and that of the filmmakers. Right now, the Avengers are pretty oblivious of Thanos' existence. Something needs to prompt them to recognize him as a threat, realizing that unless they stop him, the Mad Titan will soon take over pretty much all of reality. Vision's capture might just fulfill this purpose in the plot, kicking off the action in a suspenseful way as the audience are concerned for Vision's safety, and leading the Avengers to reunite through the same concern.
For Thanos, it's pretty much a no-brainer that he should go after Vision now, before the Avengers know what he's up to and take steps to protect the Mind Stone. Not to mention, Vision is one of the most powerful Avengers, making him a great threat against Thanos. Taking him out early would definitely sway the odds in the villain's favor. Although, this would probably also invite the wrath of one Scarlet Witch, who holds a great deal of affection for Vision and just happens to be able to control the Mind Stone (and presumably other Infinity Gems) with her powers...
Of course, it's far too early to tell what this leaked snippet means right now. Vision shooting up in the air could also mean that he's leaping into action but, prone and vulnerable as he appears to be, my money's on this scene kick starting the conflict between the Avengers and Thanos — though what that means for Vision's life remains to be seen.
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