The Marvel fanbase has been fairly buzzing as of late, what with all the hints and teases being dropped for the hugely anticipated but uniquely polarising [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409), which is set to kick off Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in explosive fashion next year.
The trailer is set to release next month, reportedly alongside [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158) which hits theatres on December 18th, and there's been much discussion about that from those who have been lucky enough to see it already. But perhaps even more interesting is what the cast themselves have to say about the film, and what we can speculate about it from their comments.
Paul Bettany on Vision
Paul Bettany, who debuted in [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035) as rookie Avenger Vision, is the latest cast member to get chatty about what his character will be up to during Civil War, and one comment in particular may mean that we'll be seeing a highly anticipated romance sparking up between two teammates when the film rolls around...
"What I love about [Vision] 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."
There's a few things we can take from these comments that could impact his character development as we roll into Civil War; he is a relatively new character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe after all, and I think we can all remember his introduction in Age of Ultron earlier this year.
In addition to proving himself worthy to hold Mjölnir, Vision is a tabula rasa of sorts, an innocent wielding great power and knowledge but with no human background to guide his actions. It's unlikely that he's going to have a major role in Civil War due to the already overstuffed cast, but he could play an important part in illustrating the division caused by the Superhero Registration Act (or whatever they call it in the MCU) if his character follows the comic arc of Vision's love life.
A Scarlet Witch/Vision Romance?
So it's a safe bet that Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) is going to be on Captain America (Chris Evan)'s side (although we haven't seen her in any promo material as of yet) as from what we've heard of the Captain America: Civil War trailer breakdown she is seen standing by his side whilst they recruit Ant-Man (Paul Rudd).
Now, Scarlet Witch and Vision do have a romantic relationship in the comics and eventually get married (though sadly it doesn't last - having a murderous, reality altering mental breakdown can put a small dent in the best of marriages).
Whilst we didn't really see a huge amount of romantic suggestion between the two in Age of Ultron, it's not unfeasible that we could see the beginnings of something between the two in Civil War, especially given Bettany's comments about Vision trying to understand the nature of love, loyalty and humanity.
"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."
Given that Vision is a being basically born from pure logic (he started life as a computer programme) providing a romantic angle to his dynamic would really open up a wealth of character development - especially with other new Avenger Scarlet Witch who deserves more character development of her own at this juncture.
The promo material we've seen so far shows Vision standing squarely with Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) which makes sense given that he did kinda create Vision in the first place. So if the Vision and Scarlet Witch ended up as star-crossed lovers of a sort, each on one side of the debate, it would add another dimension by which to explore how ideologies can come between friends and lovers and cause collateral damage as a result.
Or it could just replace the now empty Black Widow/Hawkeye, Black Widow/Hulk void (seriously guys, give Black Widow some time off).
Captain America: Civil War, directed by the Russo Brothers and featuring an ensemble cast, will be released May 6th 2016.