Annlyel explores Wanda and Vision’s tragic relationship and how the events of WandaVision have made them stronger characters
The VISION has endured a horrendous few years. WandaVision was quite a ride, sending me through emotional wave after emotional wave over and over again. And at the center of this debut MCU series is ultimately Vision, the vessel of Wanda’s grief and her eventual rehabilitation.
Vision’s story has been quite the journey. He was born out of Ultron’s yearning to make a better world. One that didn’t include humans but instead humanoid synthezoids designed to be the perfect man or woman.
Ultron’s plan ultimately failed. And it was the genius of Stark and Banner and the power of Thor that brought the Vision to life. Vision always knew he was an outsider. His red vibranium skin said as much. But those were petty cares. His mission was to preserve life, hence his instant collaboration and eventual joining with The Avengers. It is here that he meets Wanda, a woman broken down by grief. Having both been essentially created by the Mind Stone, he was drawn to her and found love with this woman who, like him, was seen as an outsider.
STAR CROSSED LOVERS
Long story short, they were happy together. Sneaking off to hotel rooms and living an undercover life as superheroes. But that would not last. Thanos arrived with one intention in mind; to take all six Infinity Stones and wipe out half of all life.
Vision ultimately dies. Not just once at the hands of his beloved, but twice when Thanos robs him of his heroic sacrifice and takes the Mind Stone anyway. Leaving him as nothing more than a grey corpse that would one day be used as a weapon. But it is not his end. In fact, like Wanda, it is only his beginning. A new version of Vision is brought back to existence but this version knows nothing of the past. He is simply Wanda’s love and a doting father. And yet, even this interpretation of Vision managed to be a hero through and through.
A HERO’S JOURNEY
Despite not knowing what would happen to him, he was willing to risk everything to save the citizens of Westview. Especially when he thought that Wanda was hurting them. When he fought the real Vision he didn’t think to try and kill him so that he could keep Wanda for himself. He understood that this was a chance for Wanda. A chance that she could have him back but in the right way. He helped recover White Vision’s memories and set him on a path of rediscovery. One that will undoubtedly coalesce with Wanda and Vision finding each other yet again. (Cue the tears.)
Vision loved Wanda and because of this, he knew the only way she could be truly happy is if she let him go. (Besides, he knew the real Vision was out there somewhere ready to eventually reunite with his beloved again.) The Vision would leave Wanda again but by a less tragic outcome. His third death would not leave Wanda in sorrow but as a stronger woman ready for the journey that would become her destiny.
Their undying love for one another is a beautiful story in the MCU, one that seems to still be going strong as ever.
I can’t wait to see what their next chapter will bring.
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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!