Has the resurrection of Vision changed the dynamics of the MCU? Has Wanda tampered with forces she cannot control? Annlyel investigates
Before I get to the topic of this post, Vision’s sudden chance to be back in the MCU permanently, I have to give you a quick history of my feelings for this character.
When I watched Avengers: Age of Ultron for the first time I had no idea that Vision was going to be in that movie. I didn’t even know who Vision was for that matter but I knew one thing, it was J.A.R.V.I.S brought to life and he was cool! He instantly became one of the most interesting characters in the MCU and I was so excited to see his inclusion in the story. Of course, we didn’t get to see him play that big of a role in Captain America: Civil War and Infinity War. But it was still nice to have him as part of the team. We watched him fall in love with Wanda and then…Thanos…
Vision’s true heroism was on full display as he chose to sacrifice himself for the fate of the galaxy at the hands of the one he loved (who knew this scene could get any sadder?!). But unfortunately, we had to watch him die not once but twice!
Endgame concluded with Thanos’ defeat but it was still very clear that the damage he had caused was still affecting some heroes. Wanda is one of them. So Kevin Feige had an idea. A bonkers idea that should’ve been deemed ludicrous but is turning out to be one of the best gambles in MCU history. And that was to bring Vision back in a sitcom-like series featuring Wanda Maximoff and her dead boyfriend, Vision.
Immediate question marks began to form in my head? How was Vision back? I immediately assumed he was simply an apparition created by Wanda in this false reality. Now…we know the truth!
Last week’s episode revealed to us that Vision’s red-skinned, Mind-Stone toting appearance was merely a facade for the truth. That in actuality he was nothing more than that same lifeless corpse we last saw at the end of Infinity War. I began to theorize that Vision wasn’t under Wanda’s control and that maybe he had somehow been resurrected with a mind of his own. And this week’s episode confirmed that.
We saw in a jaw-dropping scene that Wanda infiltrated S.W.O.R.D headquarters and stole Vision’s body. Thus taking him to this “Westview”, reanimating him, and pretending to have a lovely suburban life with him as husband and wife. But now we know, in doing this, she brought him back as a living, thinking being who isn’t under her control. Hence his realization that all isn’t quite right in Westview after all.
This episode allowed us to see him question his reality. Discover that Norm is being held hostage against his will in Westview under Wanda’s influence. And we saw him angrily confront Wanda for the first time in the MCU as he realizes that she isn’t telling him something. Of course, that “something” is the fact that he’s dead and was killed by Thanos. Now, here’s where I look toward the future of this show.
In the recent mid-season trailer for WandaVision, we see a moment that looks like Vision trying to get through the barrier. And then appearing to get through the barrier and thus falling to his knees. One would immediately assume that this is the moment he realizes, “Oh crap, I’m dead” and dies but I think not. The fourth episode revealed a crucial detail that has continued onward into this fifth episode. And that is anything changed inside the bubble comes out still looking altered from Wanda’s reality. Examples?
BACK FROM THE DEAD?
The cord attached to Agent Franklin partly entered Wanda’s reality, became a rope decked out in red, white, and blue stripes. And as it was disconnected from Franklin and brought back outside of the bubble it still retained its strange appearance. And then there’s Monica. She went in the bubble one way and came out in her 70s’ look. Her bulletproof outfit wasn’t taken from her, it was only altered in appearance. So…do you see where I’m going here?
If Vision leaves Westview and enters the real world as he is in the bubble then Vision has technically been brought back to life. Only he doesn’t have the memories of his past…or his death. A fact that can be revealed to him by the S.W.O.R.D agents in what would be an incredibly emotional and powerful scene.
That leaves us with another shocking dilemma. Wanda has brought Vision back with the Mind Stone intact, hence his being able to change his appearance and then being able to use his powers to snap Norm momentarily out of his Hex. That means one of the Infinity Stones would be back into play in the MCU just like that because Wanda couldn’t handle her grief.
It’s all so fascinating and as each week passes the show only gets more and more interesting. Is my theory correct and by the end of this show, will Vision truly be back in the MCU. Or will we have to painfully watch him die yet a third time? (Is Feige that cruel? We’ll see.)
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Annlyel James is a Senior Correspondent of The Future of the Force. She is passionate about Star Wars and Marvel but loves a wide variety of movie genres. Aside from her role with Future of the Force she also writes for her blog: annlyelonline. Follow her on Twitter where she channels the Force frequently!