The following story contains spoilers for WandaVision episode 9, “The Series Finale.”
Before WandaVision began (following the events of Avengers: Infinity War) we had no Visions (killed twice, by Wanda Maximoff and then by Thanos). By the time the WandaVision finale, titled “The Series Finale” came around, we had two Visions (one now with a white tint). And by the end of the WandaVision finale, after Wanda finally accepted Vision’s fate and White Vision had a “Eureka!” moment and flew off, we kinda have, like, one Vision again? A little? That much remains to be seen. But the question everyone is probably wondering is obvious: where the hell did White Vision go?
Let’s recap what, exactly, happened for a second. After corrupt (and sort of devoid of any real reason to be such a dick) SWORD Director Tyler Hayward deployed his newly-powered up White Vision into The Hex, much of the first half of “The Series Finale” was spent with Wanda’s Vision fighting against White Vision.
But after the two evenly-matched Visions spent a lot of time going back and forth, Wanda’s Vision decided to take a chance. Rather than continuing to fight and go nowhere fast, he tried to reason with White Vision. “But I’m not the true Vision,” he says. “Only a conditional Vision.” Being a Vision, he knows how another Vision thinks and works. And he’s not shocked when he sees the (possibly literal) gears start turning inside White Vision’s head: “I request elaboration,” he says.
Wanda’s Vision goes on to explain the circumstances using the thought experiment known as “The Ship of Theseus” (which White Vision is, “naturally,” familiar with). We’ll spare you the details for now (“Neither is the true ship. Both are the true ship.” Our Visions agree), but the important part is that Wanda’s Vision unlocks all of Vision’s old memories within White Vision. “I am Vision,” he realizes, before flying off.
We did not see White Vision again for the rest of the episode. With his memories unlocked, though, it’s certainly a loose end that indicates we’ll see him again. It’s also good news for Paul Bettany, who will now certainly have at least 1 more MCU appearance in him. It’s also the only feasible way that WandaVision could bring Vision back into the greater MCU universe while still maintaining life and death stakes for its characters. Wanda’s Vision couldn’t leave the hex, but White Vision—with the body of the original Vision—sure could.
While it’s exciting to assume this thread could be explored in future projects, it’s also similar to ground that’s already been tread with Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier’s story, starting with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, continuing through Civil War and into Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame.
White Vision didn’t rack up as high a body count as Bucky did, but he did realize that by having his memories cut off that Hayward had turned him from a sentient being into a killing machine. Like when Bucky went to the museum to learn about Captain America before having his full memory unlocked, it’s possible that White Vision is flying to the locations in the memories he unlocked, such as the place of his death in Wakand,a or the airport where he fought alongside Tony Stark and accidentally paralyzed James Rhodes.
Look. We could see this Vision again in any number of upcoming Marvel Studios projects. The most obvious candidate, obviously, being Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, which we already know will feature Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, and, as the finale’s post-credits scene makes clear, will be looking to save her twins, whether it’s from the real world or the astral world. There’s also the chance that this Vision could meet up with old friend James Rhodes when he gets his own Disney+ series Armor Wars a little bit down the line. Could it also be yet another multiverse link (or, at least, more of one than Ralph Bohner seems to have been)? That much remains to be seen.
Where and when Vision shows up again, though, is beside the point at this time. The important thing to take away is that Vision—and, in turn, Paul Bettany’s wonderful portrayal of Vision—is now once again part of the toybox Marvel Studios has to play with. We don’t know when and where he’ll show again, and there’s a decent chance that any of the various writers at work on MCU projects don’t know either. But as soon as White Vision got his memory back and flew out of frame for the final time in WandaVision, a whole new unwritten book was opened up.
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