In the annals of Avengers history, there was once an alternate version of the Vision that nearly usurped the android’s place on the team.
The current Disney + program, WandaVision has been an incredible success so far and serves as a glorious comeback after the universe altered the events of Avengers Endgame in 2019. The show has given fans a look into the future of the MCU through the lens of fan-favorite characters Scarlet Witch and Vision. The show delves into the history of Wanda Maximoff and her android husband, but Vision is a much more complex character than even the show has hinted at. In fact, an alternate timeline depicted in the classic Avengers Issues features a character who demonstrates how much evil The Vision really is capable of.
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The Vision first appeared in Roy Thomas and John Buscema Avengers # 57 in 1968. In 1993, Bob Harras and Steve Epting added to the character’s lore by introducing an evil doppelganger appropriately named “Anti-Vision.” Debuting in Bob Harris and Steve Epting Avengers # 359, the Anti-Vision story involves a team of ancient Avengers from Earth-374 called The Gatherers, established by an alternate version of Dane Whitman, the Black Knight. While the Earth-616 version of Whitman became the brave hero known as the Black Knight, the Earth-374 version fell madly in love with the young Eternal, Sersi, but was cast aside after she grew bored of him. As a result, Whitman took on the name Proctor and began assembling his team with one goal in mind: revenge on Sersi.
Anti-Vision was one of the original members of the Gatherers, and in question # 360, Proctor’s diabolical plan goes into effect. Anti-Vision resembles the original Vision design with a red face, green cape, and yellow torso. He also has all the powers of the Earth-616 character, including flight and molecular control. In the issue, Vision is captured by The Gatherers and Proctor explains that he intends to place Anti-Vision’s mind in Vision’s pure white body and infiltrate the Avengers. Vision shows his strength when fighting Proctor, but ends up being useless as Proctor overpowers Vision and successfully takes over his body. Anti-Vision then infiltrates the Avengers, posing as his 616 counterpart.
However, Anti-Vision’s plans are stopped when Sersi also returns and, seemingly driven mad by an altercation she had with the Black Knight of her universe, attacks the Avengers. Anti-Vision puts an end to this by placing his fist on her skull that would likely have killed her if not for the intervention of Captain America, who questions her actions. The Avengers are subsequently suspicious of their android teammate, and in issue # 362 Anti-Vision takes delight after killing Swordsman and attempting to kill Crystal. However, just before he can continue his slaughter, Sersi appears and captures him.
Later, Anti-Vision escapes during the Avengers’ final battle against the Gatherers. After this issue, Anti-Vision would remain mostly unheard of until Vision got its own 4-part miniseries created by Harras, Manny Clark and Epting in 1994. This series is a sequel to the events of The Gatherers, as is evident. Vision continues to use the multi-color Anti-Vision design. Vision travels the world trying to uncover parts of his life, but becomes embroiled in a plot involving Anti-Vision after the doppelganger kidnaps the ancient gatherers Jocasta and Tabula, as well as Ultron, and sends them out to terrorize. the android hero. Anti-Vision puts up a good fight in an attempt to get his old body back, but Vision succeeds in the end, choosing to capture his doppelganger rather than kill him.
With Anti-Vision still alive, it’s entirely possible that the pure white doppelganger will return in some form to wreak more havoc on the lives of Vision and the Avengers in the comics or the ever-expanding world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. .
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