It's easy to miss some of the newer Avengers in amongst all the promo material for the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 3 centrepiece Captain America: Civil War, especially with the focus laid firmly upon the division between Tony Stark / Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Steve Rogers / Captain America (Chris Evans) over the reemergence of Bucky Barnes / the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) and the Sokovia Accords.
But [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035) introduced a bunch of new members to the team in the form of War Machine (Don Cheadle), Vision (Paul Bettany), Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), and all of them are getting involved in the upcoming battle, two to each side.
Back in November of last year Paul Bettany spoke to Collider regarding what his character Vision would be up to during Civil War, and one comment in particular seemed to suggest that there would be a burgeoning romance sparking up between two teammates:
Paul Bettany: "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."
Despite the fact that he's on Iron Man's team I think it's safe to assume that it's not Tony Stark he's going to be in love with (this is Disney after all), but there was something in these comments which likely will impact his character development as we roll into Civil War.
Indeed it could be that he's playing an important part in illustrating the division caused by the Sokovia Accords if his character follows the comic arc of Vision's love life. Because as comic book fans will know 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. C'est la vie).
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 in Civil War, especially given Bettany's comments about Vision trying to understand the nature of love, loyalty and humanity.
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 Wanda Maximoff who deserves more character development of her own at this juncture.
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.
But of course this happened in the trailer:
It's hard to tell where this is taking place, but it doesn't feel like it forms part of the final battle. It looks more like the office in which the Accords are handed down to the Avengers by General Ross (William Hurt), and it looks personal. There's someone else lying on the floor by Wanda's feet, possibly Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) though it's hard to tell.
According to Joe Russo, one half of the Russo Bros directing duo, Vision's role in Civil War is going to be critical as he says:
"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."
The mention of the comic is especially interesting. 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.
Of course in the movie Vision is on Tony's side, but it is possible that he could stand in for the Spider-Man role in the live action adaptation. Though the MCU 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 Cap when Iron Man's methods get too much for him to stand, which would fit with his evolving, changeable personality. This would also chime with the love/romance aspect which Bettany mentioned in relation to how his character develops, as Scarlet Witch stands with Captain America in Civil War.
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 and how his relationship with Wanda develops when Captain America: Civil War rolls around.