Because of White Vision, Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) may have a way to properly resurrect the hero in the WandaVision season finale. Currently there are two versions of Paul Bettany’s character in the MCU. One is the Vision that was created by Scarlet Witch’s reality-warping powers in Westview, while the other is SWORD’s White Vision. In WandaVision episode 8, it was revealed that he was rebuilt from Avengers: Infinity War’s Vision. SWORD director Tyler Hayward (Josh Stamberg) is now planning on using him to take down Wanda.
Nearly everything that has happened in WandaVision thus far has been a direct result of Vision’s death at the hands of Thanos in Infinity War. Unlike most of the heroes who died in the movie, Vision couldn’t be brought back in Avengers: Endgame. That being said, he was shown to be back among the living under mysterious circumstances in the beginning of WandaVision. As many suspected, it was eventually confirmed that Vision’s presence on the show was made possible by Scarlet Witch’s abilities. A flashback in episode 8 showed Vision materialize from nothing when Wanda used her powers to create her fake world.
The way things are going, the prospect of Vision’s MCU return being a long-term one doesn’t look good. However, Marvel could find a way to give Scarlet Witch – and the fans – what they want by bringing Vision back for good. How Vision can be resurrected may have been set up by two major events in episode 8, the big Chaos Magic reveal and the birth of White Vision. Here’s how these two plot devices can lead to the return of the Vision who died in Avengers: Infinity War.
WandaVision episode 8 didn’t clearly establish the difference between the main version of Vision and his white counterpart, but his portrayal in Marvel Comics provides some hints on how he’ll be utilized. After Vision was dismantled by the government, he was rebuilt by Hank Pym, who unfortunately wasn’t able to restore him completely. What stood in the way is that he didn’t have a key component from Vision’s original design: Wonder Man’s brain patterns. Due to Wonder Man refusing to let them be copied, Vision had to be reconstructed without them. Wonder Man deciding not to cooperate proved consequential, as this new Vision lacked the emotions of the original, which was reflected by his colorless appearance.
White Vision, who no longer cared about love, ended his relationship with Scarlet Witch but maintained his association with the Avengers for several years. Over time, Wonder Man’s brain patterns somehow re-emerged and blended with patterns he received from a scientist. This caused him to regain the capability for human emotion. It took many years, but White Vision finally transitioned into Marvel’s true Vision.
The White Vision seen in WandaVision episode 8 isn’t the hero audiences are familiar with – yet. To understand the difference, it’s important to keep in mind that the MCU equivalent of Wonder Man’s brain patterns in Vision’s origin is the Mind Stone. Without his brain patterns, he was just a synthezoid who operated on reason and logic. Emotions didn’t factor into his thought process. The MCU’s take on White Vision could function in a similar way since he had to rebuilt without the Mind Stone. Avengers: Infinity War emphasized that the Mind Stone was his life img. Despite it being destroyed by Thanos, SWORD was able to bring him online, but now that it’s no longer in his head, he’s sure to be inherently different from the person that Scarlet Witch loves.
White Vision may be the only hope audiences have of seeing Vision being fully restored in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, because a complete resurrection of the character with Westview’s fake Vision just doesn’t seem feasible at this point. That was clearly demonstrated in episode 6 when he left the Hex. As soon he ventured outside the barrier, his body began to deteriorate. What this means of course is that Vision really can’t exist without the Hex. This is something that Wanda painfully understands, and it’s the primary reason why’s she’s determined to maintain it. As powerful as Wanda is, this is a fact that’s unlikely to change. After all, this Vision isn’t real, as he was made from nothing but her powers. Since Vision can only exist as long as the Hex stays up, it’s hard to imagine him avoiding an unfortunate end. With the next episode being the season finale, it seems only logical that whatever transpires between Scarlet Witch, Agatha Harness (Kathryn Hahn), Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris), and SWORD will culminate in Wanda’s fake world coming down. When that happens, Vision will go with it.
A chance to get the real Vision back may come when White Vision enters Westview in the season finale. He could defeat – or even kill – the fake Vision. If that were to occur, it would result in an epic confrontation between him and Scarlet Witch. During the fight, she could hit him with a blast of Chaos Magic, which could have an unforeseen effect on his physiology and consciousness. That does feel like a possibility, considering Chaos Magic is how White Vision was activated in the first place. They couldn’t rebuild him before, but the energy they siphoned from the drone she struck down in episode 5 was enough to complete the process. If it can bring back a lifeless synthezoid corpse, it’s worth wondering what a much more powerful, direct hit of Chaos Magic may do to White Vision’s body. It’s one of the strongest forces in the comics, and that appears to be the case in the MCU as well. Given its potency, it’s hard to say what its limitations are (if it has any).
What’s been seen of Chaos Magic so far in both the comics and the MCU make it clear that its capabilities are heightened when Wanda is emotionally invested. If Wanda is forced to fight White Vision, a combination of anger and grief could see her unleash a wave of Chaos Magic that consumes its synthezoid body. It’s possible that enough of this energy could restore him to his original state. Previously, it was believed the only thing capable of doing this in the MCU is the Mind Stone, but if there’s anything in the universe that can come close to equaling that feat, it would have to be Wanda’s Chaos Magic. If this works, Westview’s Vision can fall and White Vision can be the vessel for the real version of the character’s full resurrection. This may be the only way Marvel can give Scarlet Witch a happy ending in WandaVision.