Vision is a far better villain than Ultron, and The Avengers proved it

The Vision is a beloved hero, but when he was the leader of the Avengers, he came closer to destroying humanity than the murderous Ultron ever did.

That Vision is a trusted member of the Avengers, but he was originally created by one of their worst enemies, Ultron. Despite its heroic stance, Vision was once very close to implementing a plan to take over the world that would put even Ultron to shame.

The Vision is a synthezoid, an android built to replicate human aspects and features. He was created by Ultron, the genocidal artificial intelligence built by Hank Pym, to infiltrate the Avengers and destroy them from within. Vision’s body was built from the original Human Torch, created by Professor Phineas Horton (a story that was later rebuilt), and his neural processes were based on the brain patterns of Simon Williams, Wonder Man. Moved by the Avengers’ heroism, Vision betrayed his “father” and joined the team, becoming one of their most powerful members. In addition to his ability to control the density of his body, Vision can fly, absorb and emit solar energy, and his computer brain gives him higher cognitive functions and the ability to interact with other computers. The latter was to prove to be his most dangerous power.


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After spending a long time with the Avengers, Vision fell in love with Wanda Maximoff and the two were married. At that point, however, Vision’s internal circulation failed and his brain processes changed. He was convinced that he could usher in a new era of peace and prosperity for the Earth, thus maneuvering to become president of the Avengers. Using ISAAC, a supercomputer created by Titans Eternals, Vision improved his memory banks and his artificial brain capacity. He lobbied the U.S. government to give the Avengers more freedom and gave Hawkeye the job of founding another branch of the team on the west coast. Finally in The Avengers # 253-254 (by Roger Stern, Bob Hall, Christie Scheele, and Julianna Ferriter), with the help of ISAAC, Vision completely takes over computer systems across the planet, including the weapons system in all countries.

Vision’s plan grew out of his desire to have a more direct impact on current world affairs: he wanted to stop humanity from using weapons to destroy itself by taking control of those same weapons. However, this still sounded terribly similar to what Ultron tried to do many times. The evil AI perceives itself as the superior way of life and sees humans as an attack to be eradicated. Ultron’s hatred of humanity reflects Hank Pym‘s twisted psyche, and that’s what makes him such a convincing villain. When Vision joined all the computers on Earth, he could have fired any nuclear weapon in the world at once without more than a thought, wiped out human life forever and achieved Ultron’s ultimate goal. Luckily, his Avengers teammates Vision saw the error in his ways, but this stunt did not go unnoticed. The US government was not happy that NORAD was broken and the leaders of the military pressed to arrest the Avengers. Vision took the full blame and resigned as chairman, but that would not be the end of the matter.

After Vision and Wanda left the Avengers, a rogue group in the government kidnapped the synthesoid and dismantled him completely. Though Vision was later rebuilt, he lost his emotions in the process, and this whole ordeal was one of the reasons why Wanda later lost his sanity. The actions of the US government were justified on the grounds that Vision was considered too great a threat to the country’s security, and it is hard to disagree. Ultron tried for years to get into a position that would allow him to exterminate biological life on Earth, and it always failed. Visionon the other hand, Avengers’ good name and resources took full advantage of getting closer to global dominance than his robot father ever did.

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