While Vision is typically one of Marvel’s most colorful heroes, the Avenger lost its trademark colors long before joining the MCU.
One of the most horrible moments of WandaVision Wanda Maximoff had briefly seen her husband Vision seemingly undead and completely drained of color, reflecting his corpse after Thanos ripped out the Infinity Stone that powered him Avengers: Infinity War.
And while this bodes bad news for the fan-favorite Avenger, there was a moment in the Marvel Universe comic when Vision was completely devoid of color for an extended period of time. The Vision lived in chalk white for years, including during some of the greatest moments in Marvel history.
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After being created by Ultron and programmed with the Avengers ‘Wonder Man mental patterns, without Simon Williams’ consent, Vision had steadily developed a consciousness of its own after its 1968 debut in Roy Thomas and John Buscema. Avengers # 57. When Vision embraced his growing sense of humanity, he formed a romantic relationship with Scarlet Witch, eventually marrying her, and having two children conceived through Wanda’s bewitched magic. However, this domestic bliss would come to an abrupt end in John Byrne’s 1989 story “Vision Quest,” which runs through the pages of Avengers of the west coast # 42-44.
The time-traveling supervillain Immortus, who had officiated at Vision and Wanda’s wedding in 1974. Giant size avengers # 4 by Steve Englehart and Don Heck – It was revealed that he was manipulating the Avengers and the Scarlet Witch into Wanda making him the master of time. As part of his plan, Immortus took control of rogue federal operatives and had them completely dismantle Vision. While Hank Pym was able to rebuild the synthetic Avenger, Simon refuses to allow his mental patterns to be used to program Vision again, still shocked by Ultron’s first non-consensual use of his mind.
Together, Simon’s refusal and the catastrophic damage to Vision’s synthetic skin turned him into a colorless and emotionless figure. Along with the revelation that Vision and Wanda’s children were living fragments of Mephisto’s soul and their subsequent reabsorption into Mephisto, this led to Vision and Wanda breaking up. While Wanda remained in the West Coast Avengers, the Vision left that group and rejoined the main Avengers team.
Vision would regain a sense of personality and humanity by programming himself with the brain patterns of the late scientist Alex Lipton in the 1990s. Avengers Spotlight # 40 by Len Kaminski, Carrie Barre and Gavin Curtis. In 1993 Avengers # 360, by Bob Harras, Steve Epting, and Tom Palmer, Vision’s mind was placed on the body of his evil alternate dimension counterpart, Anti-Vision. After the end of that plot, the Avenger remained in that body, which was a slightly updated version of its classic look.
During the course of 1994 Vision Bob Harras and Manny Clark miniseries, Simon’s latent mental patterns would resurface in Vision’s consciousness and merge with Lipton, causing Vision to become an even more fully humanized individual who was different from his two brain pattern donors. At the end of the story, Vision would acquire a newly built body that matched his classic appearance, eventually restored in both body and mind.
The Vision had its white appearance in its Avengers adventures of the early ’90s, including during the crossover event of 1991. The infinity gauntlet by Jim Starlin, George Perez, and Ron Lim, among the heroes who survived Thanos’ original attack and came together to attack him. The arcade game of 1991 Captain America and the Avengers It also featured White Vision as a playable character, alongside Captain America, Iron Man, and Hawkeye in their contemporary outfits.
While it only kept its colorless appearance for a handful of years, Vision’s white incarnation is one of the most visually striking forms the Avenger has ever taken on. And while most Marvel Cinematic Universe comic book fans and readers may be used to the classic form of red, green, and yellow, the White Vision marks a distinct period in the character’s history.
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