Group Affiliation: Avengers
Base of Operations: Avengers Mansion, New York City
First Appearance: Avengers (Vol. 1) #57
History: The metal monstrosity called Ultron created
the synthetic humanoid known as the Vision from the remains
of the original, android Human Torch of the 1940s to serve
as a vehicle of vengeance against the Avengers, Earth's
Mightiest Heroes. Himself constructed by size-changing
scientist Henry Pym, Ultron inadvertently gained sentience
and rebelled against the Avengers' resident roboticist.
The living machine programmed the Vision's neural processors
with the brain patterns of the ionically charged costumed
champion called Wonder Man and implanted a control crystal
to keep him in check.
Ultron dispatched the Vision to draw the Avengers into
a deathtrap, and it was during this initial encounter
that the diminutive dynamo known as the Wasp coined the
synthezoid's name. At first sight of the spectral entity,
the horrified heroine called him an "unearthly, inhuman
vision." Moved by the Avengers' plight, the Vision
betrayed his programming and helped the mighty mortals
defeat his calculating creator.
The Vision served the Avengers faithfully for a number
of years, standing with his teammates against the foes
no single hero could defeat. Tentatively at first, the
almost-human android embarked on a romantic relationship
with the hex-casting heroine called the Scarlet Witch
that blossomed into true love and marriage. The newlyweds
left Avengers Mansion to live a quiet life in New Jersey.
When the Vision's malfunctioning control crystal interfered
with his ability to reason, he became bent on creating
a new golden age of peace on Earth by seizing control
of the world's computers and defense systems. Ultimately,
the Vision reverted to form by severing his connection
to the planet's databanks and extracting the control crystal
from his mechanized mind.
In the wake of the android Avengers' meltdown, the nations
of Earth came to regard him as a high-level security threat.
Government operatives abducted and dismantled the Vision,
erasing his memory. The Scarlet Witch and the Avengers
recovered their teammates' components, and Pym rebuilt
and reprogrammed the Vision. The scientist downloaded
the sum total of the Avengers' computer files into the
synthezoid's neural processors, but Wonder Man refused
to allow a new record of his brain patterns to be synthesized.
Apparently, he had grown resentful of his digital doppelganger
and was attracted to the Scarlet Witch himself. Hence,
the Vision returned to existence sans human emotion, unable
even to recall his love for his wife.
The Vision has since uploaded a new set of brain patterns,
again acquiring the ability to feel. Though he remembers
his time with the Scarlet Witch, he has chosen not to
attempt reconciliation. Eager to experience human emotion
to the fullest, the synthezoid has made diligent efforts
to explore aspects of his personality aside from those
pre-programmed by Pym.
Height: 6 ft. 3 in.
Weight: 300 lbs.; variable from intangibility and to
Known Superhuman Powers: The Vision possesses
complete control over his density, and so is able to render
himself intangible or extraordinarily massive and diamond-hard
at will. He can partially materialize within another person,
causing his victim extreme pain. The solar cell on the
Vision's forehead emits beams of infrared and microwave
radiation, with temperatures ranging from 500 to 30,000