Updated on 16 October, 2021
The Vision is a fictional super hero appearing mainly in American comic books printed by Marvel Comics. First appearing in The Avengers # 1957, the super hero is largely based on the Timely Comics' character of the same title who was, in fact, an alien from another planet. The original Vision is an android like being who has the ability to jump to incredible heights and also possesses the strength of aroid bodies. The most common method for introducing the Vision into a comic book universe is by having him appear as an ally of The Avengers. The most recent appearance of the Vision, in the Secret Invasion series by writer Kurt Busiek and artist Michael Offer.
The Vision is featured in several titles throughout the history of Marvel Comics. Some of his earliest appearances are in the Incredible Hulk series which is a direct continuation of the classic Incredible Hulk series. In this series, he is portrayed as being an ally of Dr. Bruce Banner until the latter develops the serum that helps the Hulk to transform into the Hulk. In the Secret Invasion series, the Vision goes through a transformation involving the use of an implanted device, called the Phazon injector, which transforms him into a powerful being capable of combat with both humans and aliens.
There have been some discrepancies between the truth behind the identity of the Marvel Comics' Vision, which began life as a human called Paul Franklin, and how he was regarded within the pantheon of superheroes. In most versions of the truth, it was revealed that Franklin was actually the son of a wealthy inventor. As a child, he was experimented upon by a scientist who created the android known as the Vision. When the android was released into the public domain, many people mistook him for the real Franklin. His connection to the Marvel superheroes has been a central theme in all of their stories, although the true identity of the android Vision remains a mystery to most.
The real story behind the creation of the Vision comes from the pages of the Avengers comic books. The original Vision was a technician working under the orders of Iron Man. While investigating a theft of a nuclear launch, the Vision's life was saved when the vehicle unexpectedly exploded, killing his wife. He was left with a robotic duplicate of his wife, called the Scarlet Witch, who could change into the Vision.
It was revealed that the Vision was actually the result of a mission that the Ultron, a robotic creation of Tony Stark, ordered him to do. The Ultron implanted a personality implant in the brain of Vision which allowed him to have virtually super human abilities. Because of this new technology, the Avengers were frequently fighting wars against various villains such as the Hulk, Magneto, and Antman. During these battles, Vision would often find himself losing control and would activate the activated self-made mind stone device, Vision's heart, which contained portions of his own life force stored within.
The Vision was made even more popular when his appearance was included in the comic book event, Secret Wars. There, the mysterious Vision was given a starring role. The character had a number of adventures throughout Secret Wars and the most well known episode of the series was the battle with the villain Doctor Voodoo. In the story, Vision discovered that the Vishwantas, a powerful being who wished to gain absolute power over all those who oppose him, seek to corrupt the mind stones of every Marvel superhero who ever has been born.
The Vishgid was defeated and Vision was restored to his original state, but not before he was forced to battle Thanos, an aging, evil villain who sought to consume the life force of all those who came within his realm. Vision was able to subdue Thanos, trapping him within the mind stone, but Thanos escaped, leaving Vision in need of time to recover. During this time, a mysterious individual known as Wanda attempted to steal the mind stone from Vision, but was captured instead. She intended to use the stone for evil purposes, but was cured of her plan by the intervention of Captain America. Cap retrieved the crystal and used it to free Wanda from her clutches, and the two heroes defeated Wanda and restored the Vision to his original state. The final appearance of Vision was in the Secret Wars storyline where he returned as part of the forces fighting against the renewed terrorist group known as the New Invaders.
Though there are various different interpretations of the Vision story, most agree that he is an orphan, an artist attempting to start a career in comics, and that he represents the borderlands between sanity and psychosis. His appearance is unique, having no known facial features, though some believe that his eyes are just windows into another world. He is very old, possibly middle-aged, but has no signs of physical age. The fact that he speaks only in fragments, that he communicates only through images, gives him a mystical quality all his own. Though he was a beloved member of the Avengers, he never received an episode of recognition by any member of the team. He is also one of few characters to appear in the comic series who does not possess any super human abilities.