The Avengers: Infinity War’s first trailer finally released this week, and it showed the entire cast facing danger, most importantly Vision, whom we saw in both forms as a human and also being thrashed by the children of Thanos. Since he has been created using an Infinity Stone which is embedded in his forehead, Vision was always going to be a crucial character in Infinity War which features the Mad Titan come to Earth in his quest for the Stones. In a sad turn of events for the synthezoid, this means that his survival through Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 was unlikely because removal of the Mind Stone from his forehead was bound to kill him. At the same time, it would have been bad if Thanos had traveled this far and failed to retrieve the Stone to create his desired Infinity Gauntlet.
Vision’s two appearances in the trailer reveal a story. In the first scene he is enjoying an intimate moment with Scarlet Witch, and in the second we see someone trying to rip the stone out of his forehead. Other than Wanda Maximoff, Vision is not shown to be in the company of any other Avengers or crossover stars (though we know that they all will come together). He is also missing from all the grand battle scenes that dot the trailer. No matter what his fate would be, apparently he didn’t get time to be in the company of the other heroes and his being the most obvious target of Thanos, leads to some really huge ideas about his fate in the big Marvel blockbuster.
Vision and Wanda were last seen in the Avengers base, where they were confined because of the Sokovia Accords. Infinity War would show them in Edinburgh. It makes logic that the Mind Stone which is fixed to Vision’s forehead gets a premonition of the impending arrival of the Mad Titan and the other two Stones which gives him and Tony Stark to plan something to keep him away from the danger. This might also explain the “human-vision” scene – maybe he acquired some incognito persona with human-like skin that reduces the strength of the signal emitted by his stone.
In the other scene, where Vision is being tortured when someone tries to tear the Stone from his forehead, shows vision in his typical red-skinned self. Looking at the yellow scepter which is tearing through his skin, we conclude that it is Corvus Glaive, one of the members of Thanos’ Black Order, who is responsible. The Black Order is known as the Children of Thanos in the movies, and they are a team of elite fighters chosen by Thanos. Another Black Order member Proxima Midnight, also briefly appeared in the trailer. Therefore, it is apparent that Vision’s efforts to stay secluded to avoid being detected didn’t work out. The one thing which is not clear is the time gap between these two scenes and whether they are concurrent with the other incidents depicted in the trailer or not.
Although, there is an alternate explanation for these scenes. Vision was shown having the Stone’s glow on his human forehead, however, considering the kind of a transforming power required, it could be that this glow was his emergency backup, something that would keep him going if the Stone is taken out of his head or maybe it is something created by Scarlet Witch (whose powers are sourced from the same Mind Stone). Nothing can be stated confidently, but, it suits the Vision’s themes. The character’s evolution from the A.I butler J.A.R.V.I.S. of Tony Stark to a capable Android, shows a living robot already, therefore, the next step of the evolution can only be for him to become a human. That’s something which would also give a major extension to the character’s lifespan on the big screen. Although this would be a big thing for the trailer, we already saw such a thing in the set photos sometime back. Therefore, Marvel might be trying to outpace the leaks.
Another vital thing is that Vision is not the only Infinity Stone on the planet as Doctor Strange also possesses the Time Stone in the Eye of Agamotto, something that’s not shown in the footage and neither is Strange shown in the battle taking place in the Wakanda plains. The other important factor is that none of these two Stones are less important because the Reality Stone from Thor: The Dark World is kept in the vault of The Collector. Therefore, a detailed concept is that either Thanos or the Avengers capture the Stones held by Strange and Vision and the war that was seen in the trailer was the effort by the assorted Avengers, Hulk-buster armor, and others to safeguard their fellows.
No matter what turns out to be the situation in Avengers: Infinity War, there is no chance that we would see Vision retain the Mind Stone. We have no idea about Marvel’s plans for the end of MCU’s current format, but, considering the scarcity of details about Avengers 4, we expect them to go all out. Due to the character being strange, we are not sure if he is really gone. We should remember that Marvel’s trailers are renowned to be misleading.