Spoilers ahead for WandaVision episode eight, “Previously On.”
During the post-credits scene on last week’s WandaVision, Hayward finally manages to rebuild Vision. Using the chaos magic-infused drone he attacked Wanda with in episode five, Hayward pumps an all-white Vision full of energy and turns him back on.
Vision had a similar resurrection in the comic book, though the events that led to him getting disassembled and rebuilt were much different. It’s a complicated story, but in essence, Vision had connected himself with every computer in the world as part of an ill-fated plan to create peace on Earth. The Avengers manage to stop him, but not before attracting the attention of pretty much every government in the world. An organization made up of world intelligence officials called Vigilance captures Vision and disassembles him in order to erase any government secrets he had acquired. The Avengers recover Vision’s body and Hank Pym is able to put him back together. Unfortunately, his brain patterns were left out (for even more complicated reasons) and Vision returned as the colorless, emotionless robot we see at the end of WandaVision episode eight.
Meanwhile, Wanda discovers that her children, Tommy and Billy, aren’t real. They are actually soul fragments of the demon Mephisto. Once this is revealed, Mephisto absorbs the children back into his body. Between losing her children and her husband returning as an emotionless void, Wanda pretty much loses it. She eventually recovers, but Wanda and Vision decide to separate and operate on two different Avengers teams, at least for a few years until Vision eventually recovered his personality.
The comic book saga of White Vision is long and full of interpersonal drama between Wanda and Vision, but WandaVision has definitely gone way beyond exploring that particular storyline. With only one episode left, it feels like it’s too late to really explore a Vision who has lost his personality, especially when there’s another version of Vision running around in Westview.
A blank-slate Vision wouldn’t serve Hayward’s ends either. His goal is to take down Wanda and free Westview from her influence. To do that, he would want a version of Vision that he could control. It seems likely that WandaVision isn’t introducing White Vision, it’s introducing Anti-Vision.
Anti-Vision is essentially just a version of Vision from an alternate universe, but he plays an important role in returning Vision to his original form. In a plot to infiltrate the Avengers, a villain named Proctor, the Black Knight of an alternate universe (an alternate universe to the alternate universe Anti-Vision is from) kidnaps White Vision and uses a device to make Anti-Vision and White Vision swap bodies. This is how White Vision returns to his original red-and-green form, while Anti-Vision (now in the White Vision body) is eventually defeated.
While it’s well outside of WandaVision purview to introduce a Vision from an alternate universe (probably), it does seem like a good way to officially bring Vision back to life. We know that Wanda spontaneously created Vision with her chaos magic and that he is unable to leave the bubble surrounding Westview. We also know that Hayward wants to use White Vision to defeat Wanda, so perhaps in the show’s final episode we will get to see Vision battle White Vision just as White Vision battled Anti-Vision in the comics, and perhaps, even swap bodies. If “dead” Vision is able to swap bodies or fuse with White Vision — maybe with a little help from Wanda’s magic — then perhaps Vision could recover his body and restart his life outside of Westview. Wanda could then give up control of the town and S.W.O.R.D. could stand down.
The theory doesn’t tie up every thread that will need to be resolved in the final episode of WandaVision (Agatha still needs to be dealt with and Timmy and Billy need to be “unmade”), but it seems likely we’ll see a Vision vs. Vision showdown before it’s over, just like in the comics.
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Eric Switzer is the Livestream News Editor for TheGamer as well as the lead for VR and Tech. He has written about comics and film for Bloody Disgusting and VFXwire. He is a graduate of University of Missouri – Columbia and Vancouver Film School. Eric loves board games, fan conventions, new technology, and his sweet sweet kitties Bruce and Babs. Favorite games include Destiny 2, Kingdom Hearts, Super Metroid, and Prey…but mostly Prey. His favorite Pokémon is Umbreon.
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