The great and terrible thing about ensemble superhero movies is the vast array of characters that feature in them. No matter how well divided and spread out the writers and filmmakers try to make the script, there's always going to be some development left to the side. Some plot-lines cut, some characters left out in the cold.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has balanced this pretty well so far by building up the central characters in solo features before bringing the roster together, but still there are members of the current and former team who we feel might be missing out on a little.
New Avengers Scarlet Witch / Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) are no exception to this, being introduced in Avengers: Age of Ultron and thrown into the ideological foray for next months' [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) without much in the way of further development.
Comic fans will know that in the books from which they hail the two have a long running relationship, and eventually are married (though unfortunately it doesn't last, having a reality destroying mental breakdown will put a dent in the best of marriages). And so the question of whether or not we'd see something spark between the former antagonist and synthetic android has been tossed around ever since he rescued her from the falling wreck of Sokovia in Age of Ultron.
In a Collider interview last year, Paul Bettany previously hinted that we'd be seeing big changes for Vision in Civil War, explaining that the artificial man is very concerned with what makes one human, namely, the concept of love and loyalty that will come into play during Civil War.
Bettany: "I think [Vision is] 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 do not make sense, you can alter your allegiance, but love stops you from being able to do that."
There is a definite connection already established between the two characters, as their powers both stem from the Mind Stone taken from Loki's scepter. While Vision carries the Mind Stone embedded in his forehead (Adam Warlock style), Scarlet Witch received her powers from Baron Wolfgang von Strucker's experiments with the same scepter and stone.
During a recent promo for her upcoming film, I Saw The Light, Elizabeth Olsen spoke a little about the connection between the two Avengers, and hinted that it might go beyond just common ground in terms of the Infinity Stone connection:
Olsen: "You learn a little bit more about what connects [Scarlet and Vision] in this film. And I think there's some really sweet moments between Paul [Bettany] and I, and it's more about how they relate to one another and their similarities just based on their superpowers."
The two are new to this world in which they find themselves; Wanda struggling with the loss of her twin and her home, Vision trying to find a place in a human world as the product of Ultron and JARVIS. They're both born of conflict and could find an accord within each other amongst the turmoil of Civil War.
But of course, Vision and Scarlet Witch do end up on opposite sides of the schism in Civil War, as we saw in the second trailer, and it broke our collective hearts:
It's possible that Vision could take the place of Spider-Man from the comic books and be the big character who switches sides during the events of Civil War, especially since he's on Captain America's side in the book and plays a very important part in the final battle by disabling Iron Man's armor, leaving him open to attack from Cap.
And we do know that he's going to have an important role in the film, as one half of the directing duo, Joe Russo, has said that his role is a critical one, and teases his actions in the comic books as forming part of the narrative.
Russo: "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."
For now, though, we'll just have to wait and see for sure, but thankfully the wait isn't that long, with Captain America: Civil War set to release a month from now. Whose side are you on?