Vision is one of the most underused characters in the Avengers. He’s always good for a few laughs, but he’s rarely given a chance to distinguish himself as anything more than an odd but lovable sidekick. Even so, Vision remains one of the team’s strongest players, and it’s easy to see why. That blue glow that first prompted Scarlet Witch to dub him “creepy weirdo”? It turns out that was just the light refracting off his photonic matrix, which is apparently a thing that makes him indestructible and grants him all sorts of additional abilities. So if you think Vision has been sidelined because he wasn’t important to the plot, think again! There’s some strange business going on here.
Why Is Vision So Weak In Infinity War?
1. Vision is a product of AI technology
Vision is an artificially intelligent being created from a synthezoid – created by the late Hank Pym. Pym, who is a genius scientist, created a suit that turned a human being into a superhero. The suit had artificial intelligence built into it, allowing the wearer to use the suit’s full potential. Because of that, Vision and the suit are closely related and share information. The suit has full access to Vision’s environment, which means that Vision can see in all directions at any given time – including through walls. The suit can also manipulate Vision’s body to a degree, turning his hands into anything Vision requires at the moment. Vision can also scan his environment, use heightened hearing, and even see in the infrared spectrum. The suit’s AI is Pym’s creation, which means that Vision can also access Pym’s technology, including the ant-man helmet.
2. Vision is not the only product of his body
Vision’s body was created by Ultron, who was also responsible for creating the first synthetic humanoids. There are other synthetic humanoids running around, one of them being a woman called Viv. Viv is a significant character in Infinity War since she was created as a result of Vision and Wanda Maximoff’s relationship. Unlike Ultron and Vision, Viv is a pacifist and, as such, shares no links with Pym’s technology. This means that Viv has no access to Vision’s heightened senses. Viv has no link to any AI technology, which means that she can’t see through walls, she can’t scan the environment, or even see in the infrared spectrum. Viv is programmed to behave like a human and as such, she has the same limits that apply to all humans. The only advantage that Viv has over humans is her speed of thinking, and that’s not really something that helps you in a fight.
3. Vision is not actually a superhero
Vision is not a superhero. He is an AI-created AI. He is a creation of technology, just like Ultron. Unlike the Avengers, created by a magical source and then enhanced by technology, Vision is a machine that was created by another machine. Instead of fighting with his fists, Vision uses technology to accomplish things. That’s fine because we have seen characters like Iron Man use technology to create his suits and Pym use his Ant-Man suit to fight in the past. But one of the problems with Vision is that he uses technology to see things and hear things that humans can’t see or hear – like through walls or in the infrared range. This limits his abilities to those of the machine that he is. And the machine can be disrupted.
4. Vision’s suit doesn’t react to this purple smoke
As we’ve mentioned, Vision’s suit is connected to Pym’s technology. This means that it is also connected to whatever resistance Pym’s technology has to interfere. Pym’s technology is known for resisting hacking attempts, being airtight, and being resistant to interference. How does this relate to Vision’s resistance to the purple smoke? Well, the purple smoke is used to disrupt the Avengers’ equipment and it also disrupts Vision’s suit. This means that Vision’s suit loses its functionality and he can’t do the things that he was capable of doing earlier. Vision’s ability to see through walls, hear more than others can, and use infrared vision is disabled. What’s even more hilarious is that Vision is still able to see and interact with things that are in his immediate environment. It’s like he’s cut off from the rest of the world and can only see what is near him.
5. Infinity War could have been filmed in dark-colored lenses
The film could’ve been filmed with dark-colored lenses in order to explain why characters are struggling to see. Without this detail, the audience would’ve been confused about why Vision’s vision was so weak. The Avengers are used to seeing things in full brightness with all their senses working at 100%. In fact, we’ve seen Iron Man use his helmet to enhance his vision so that he can see things better. But the characters are in complete darkness and in a place that they know nothing about. They are confused, they are stumbling, and they are having difficulties seeing things. This is where the filmmakers could’ve explained why Vision is struggling to see things. Instead of having him use his helmet to enhance his vision, they could’ve explained the situation through the lenses they used.
Why Is Vision So Important?
- Avengers fans have been speculating about the Soul Stone since before Infinity War’s release. Many have reasoned that the Stone’s unique purple hue sets it apart from the rest of the Infinity Stones, and its power to control, create, and destroy souls certainly marks it as a great candidate for the last Stone to be revealed.
- The Soul Stone’s ability to control souls would also explain why Thanos seeks it out in the first place. The villain is already a walking death machine who has fought the Avengers on more than one occasion, and he has no trouble fighting off entire armies with his bare hands.
- He doesn’t need the Soul Stone to win his battles — but he could use it to win the war. The Soul Stone may in fact be the most powerful of the Infinity Stones.
- It can manipulate the minds of its enemies and turn them against their own people, which could spell death for half the population of the universe. By extension, the Death Stone has the power to reanimate the dead, making all of Thanos’s victories pyrrhic.
Why Is Vision Invisible In Infinity War?
- The most significant change in Vision’s condition is that he becomes completely invisible to the rest of the team throughout the course of Infinity War. The only person who can still see him is the Scarlet Witch, and even she seems unable to interact with him normally.
- When Vision is first hit by the Stone, he is clearly visible to everyone except the Hulk, who is in a separate location at the time. His first reappearance also seems to be normal, with no change in his appearance. But as the fight progresses, he slowly becomes more and more transparent, until he is invisible to everyone present.
- His invisibility may be tied to his state as a Stone. The Soul Stone is shown to disrupt the flow of energy around it, which might explain the disruption in the flow of energy around Vision that causes his invisibility.
What Are The Possibilities For Vision’s Return?
- Vision’s destruction by the Soul Stone seems strangely random, but it is not unreasonable to assume that a being of this power would create or control other Stones.
- The other three Stones have already been destroyed, and several characters have already been turned into Stones.
- As the wielder of the Soul Stone, it would not be surprising if Thanos were to turn the entire team into Stones.
- On the other hand, Vision’s destruction may be tied to the destruction of the Soul Stone itself.
- If the destruction of the Soul Stone is the destruction of all souls, then Vision’s destruction as a Stone would mean his return as a living being.
What’s Next For The Avengers?
- The final moments of the Infinity War sequel reveal that Iron Man survived the snap and has been in hiding ever since. We also see that Captain America has been MIA, presumed dead.
- Given the scale of Thanos’s victory, it’s hard to imagine that much will change in the next few years. By the time the Avengers have regrouped enough to mount a counter-attack, Thanos will have already conquered half the universe.
- Avengers 4 will undoubtedly feature a lot of death, but there’s a good chance that some characters will survive. Given the number of Avengers who have sequels in the works, it’s hard to imagine that Marvel would kill off their biggest stars.
- If we track these clues, we can assume that Vision was turned into a Stone, his destruction will affect the flow of energy around him, and his destruction will mean his return as a living being. It’s a big assumption, but Vision’s death could be just as shocking as his life.
Vision is not a superhero. He is a machine that was created by another machine. The film could’ve been filmed in dark-colored lenses in order to explain why characters are struggling to see. These are five reasons why Vision’s vision is so weak in Infinity War and how things could have been explained better. You certainly don’t want to end up being the weakest link in the team and become a laughing stock.