The Marvel Cinematic Universe's Vision (Paul Bettany) is kind of a wild card now, isn't he? Born in the midst of turmoil during the last Avengers film Vision is still very new, not just to the team but to the world itself. He's barely had time to put on his clothes, never mind decide who he is and where he stands in terms of ideology - something which will form the basis of the upcoming conflict in [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409).
Introduced in [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035), Vision was born from the consciousness of J.A.R.V.I.S., the vibranium body Ultron (James Spader) built for himself and the Mind Stone (extracted from Loki (Tom Hiddleston)'s spectre).
After choosing to fight to save humanity rather than to destroy them, Vision joined up officially and became part of the Avengers at the film's conclusion, becoming the second non human/meta-human member of the team (after Thor (Chris Hemsworth)).
Yet we didn't see this new team member in the recent trailer for Civil War, even though early descriptions of the D3 trailer footage included a brief glimpse of Vision in a "formal black suit". But we know he's there and we know he's taking the side of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) thanks to the promo art we saw a while back highlighting the two different sides.
He's proven himself worthy to wield Mjölnir, able to contain and guard the Mind Stone and was responsible for wiping out the last remnants of Ultron's influence at the conclusion of the film, but what's Vision up to in Civil War?
Our Vision Of Civil War...
Paul Bettany is the latest cast member to get chatty about what his character will be up to during Civil War, and his comments suggest that his character will be getting some much needed development when the third instalment in the Captain America trilogy rolls round:
"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."
"You see my character get born… something unlikely to ever happen to me again. He must be both omnipotent and yet totally naive at the same time. And experiencing the world in real time and his place in it. Is he going to be a force of good or a force of evil? It was really interesting, fun to play with, because he’s dangerous, you don’t know if he’s going to go one way or another. I’m continuing that theme in Captain America 3."
So Vision is a tabula rasa of sorts, an innocent wielding great power and knowledge but with no human background to guide his actions. Bettany's comments suggest that Civil War is going to be important in formulating Vision's character beyond what we've seen so far and one half of the Russo bros, Joe Russo, has also hinted that he's going to be pretty important to the overall story.
"Vision is a captivating character, and he does play a critical role in the Civil War. The comic fans might be able to guess what he is going to do."
There's a lot of characters in the original Civil War as it plays out in the comic books, and Vision is one of them. He's not exactly one of the more prominent players throughout the whole overarching saga, but he plays a very important role in the climatic battle; disabling Tony's Iron Man suit by phasing his arm through, leaving him open to attack from Captain America.
But Wait! Vision Is On Tony's Side Right?
Right, but it's possible that Vision could stand in for the Spider-Man (Peter Parker role) in the [Marvel: Civil War](tag:2346746) live action adaptation.
Though the Marvel Cinematic Universe Spidey (Tom Holland) will make his debut in Civil War he's not going to be able to be nearly as prevalent as he was in the comic book narrative due to a number of factors (backstory being the big one). Vision could step in as the original member of Tony's team who defects over to Captain America / Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) when Iron Man's methods get too much for him to stand, which would fit with his evolving, changeable personality.
It's too early to say for sure, but right now all we know is that Vision will have a larger role than previously advertised, and we can't wait to find out just what his "critical role" is when Captain America: Civil War rolls around. (Only five and a bit months to go!)