Surely we're all aware of The Vision by this point, the synthetic humanoid Marvel hero who made his cinematic debut in Avengers: Age of Ultron, proving he was an absolute badass. The Vision, played by Paul Bettany, is Marvel's answer to Superman, a point which should infuriate Superman fans as well as Vision fans, so I figure I've got all my bases covered.
The Vision is able to fly and can manipulate his own density, making him pretty-much invulnerable; he also defied the laws of physics in Age of Ultron because he wanted a cape... now that's real power.
We also know that Paul Bettany is set to reprise his role in Captain America: Civil War and due to leaked set photos we know he'll be on the side of Robert Downey Junior's Iron Man.
But what we don't know is why The Vision joins with Tony Stark. So far the teams seem built on a foundation of loyalty: with War Machine joining Iron Man and Falcon joining Captain America. Consequently it's possible that The Vision could be joining Iron Man due to their former relationship, when Vision was simply known as Jarvis.
Fortunately for us, Bettany has recently discussed his role as The Vision in an interview with 'Collider.'
In answer to the question, "Will Vision be playing into the changing team dynamic?" Bettany replied:
"What I love about my character is that there are so many places for him to go. I think he’s very interested in what it means to be human and what love is.
The only way one can guarantee one’s loyalty is love. Loyalty is beyond logic, really. Logic doesn’t really provide for loyalty. If your logic changes suddenly and things not make sense, you can alter your allegiance, but love stops you from being able to do that."
Bettany seems to be focussing almost exclusively on "love" and "loyalty." The Vision is clearly a very logical character, so is it possible that the character finds himself conflicted between loyalty and logic?
If so it's possible directors Joe & Anthony Russo will take The Vision's role straight from the comic books, introducing a love interest in the form of Wanda, a.k.a. Scarlet Witch, to whom Vision was married in the comic book source material.
So with Scarlet Witch being touted as Civil War's wildcard and with her role in the movie unconfirmed, is it possible that Civil War will have a subplot involving The Vision and Scarlet Witch? If so, I wonder if The Vision could be convinced to change sides or to leave mid-conflict with Wanda.
Whichever direction the Russo brothers take Captain America: Civil War I'm sure the film will be fantastic. Bettany certainly seems optimistic:
"I think fans feel that they’re in safe hands, and the reason they feel like they’re in safe hands is because the films are being made by fans and they remember what it is about these stories that connected with them, in the first place. That’s why they have heart."
The highly anticipated film is due for release in the UK on April 29th 2016, followed by the US on May 6th 2016. I'm sure it'll be fantastic, but the important question is which side are you on, Iron Man or Captain America?