Captain America: Civil War is now available on Blu-ray and DVD and watching it again serves as a good reminder of how many fun characters there are to watch in a given scene. One of those is the Vision, portrayed by Paul Bettany. Following Avengers: Age of Ultron, the powerful "Synthezoid" gets to show what its like for him to exist among others, while living in the Avengers compound. This includes showing off his impeccable fashion sense.
Some were slightly caught off guard by the presence of the Vision in Civil War when it came to seeing him in his casual wear. His look generally consisted of slacks, a button-up shirt and a sweater and Bettany certainly made it look good. However, this was not always the final look for the character, as revealed by newly released concept art.
A variety of ideas were apparently considered for the look of the Vision. Many included variations on a three-piece suit. This would ideally make the Vision look like a professional, but likely didn't allow for the more personable look the filmmakers were trying to achieve. Take a look below to get a handle on the variations of the Vision's look (h/t to CBR):
Another look at the design for the Vision includes this look at the character standing with the others, while discussing the Sokovia Accords with William Hurt's Thunderbolt Ross:
Finally, here's a look at the general action-ready version of the Vision:
This idea for the Vision attempting to blend in with the others is nothing new for comic fans. There tends to be a fish-out-of-water sort of logic when it comes to depicting the character, despite his acceptance within the group. For the purposes of the film, however, it could understandably throw some audience members off, given his relatively new presence among the Avengers. That said, there were clearly plenty of ideas for how to handle it.
Allowing for variations on the Vision's look is interesting and certainly calls to mind a similar scenario involving the Dr. Manhattan character from Watchmen. Seeing characters like the Vision or Jon Osterman wear "people" clothes may be slightly humorous, but it also adds some welcome shading to these characters, when it comes to trying to understand them. Because of this, it should be intriguing to learn more about where things will likely go for the Vision in future films, especially in regard to his relationship with Elizabeth Olsen's Scarlet Witch.
This doesn't mean there isn't something inherently a bit silly about a big "purple weirdo" wearing pants and a sweater. Some chuckles can easily happen when looking at Bettany in this getup, despite the efforts to ground the character in some sense of reality. Audiences will just have to wait and see how far this whole thing with the Vision being normal will really go.
Captain America: Civil War is currently available on Digital HD, Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD.
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