Paul Bettany says that Vision may not need the Mind Stone to live in Avengers: Infinity War after all. Vision has always had a bit of an interesting place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, after starting out as JARVIS, Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr.) personal AI system, and before receiving his own body and consciousness in Avengers: Age of Ultron. But as many fans and Marvel theorists have always pointed out, the Mind Stone had a huge role in giving Vision life in the first place, something that even Vision himself indirectly admitted to during a small scene with Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) in last year’s Captain America: Civil War. And that makes the character a necessary hurdle in the center of Thanos’ (Josh Brolin) path.
So it’s understandable, then, that many assumed Vision to be one of the few unavoidable deaths in next year’s Avengers: Infinity War, with Brolin’s Thanos having to acquire the Mind Stone one way or another, in order to complete the Infinity Gauntlet. However, Bettany teases that fans may be giving the Mind Stone too much credit — when it comes to whether or not it’s actually the thing that grants Vision life.
The actor discussed the subject during an interview with GMA yesterday, following the highly-publicized presentation for Avengers: Infinity War at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA. And when asked whether or not Vision will be in some serious trouble at some point in the film, since he presumably needs the Mind Stone to stay alive, Bettany and co-star Elizabeth Olsen both just cryptically replied, “Does he?” You can check out the interview for yourself in the space above.
This is an interesting bit of news since it’s hard to know for sure if Bettany and Olsen are necessarily telling the truth here. After all, it’s entirely possible that the two actors — who will be sharing a fair amount of screen time together in Infinity War — are merely trying to throw fans from being able to predict Vision’s death in the film, something that has been a point of conversation ever since he was first introduced in Age of Ultron. And considering just how secretive Marvel tends to be with its projects, it’d be an understandable tactic for the two to employ.
At the same time, though, it’s possible that Marvel could have come up with another way for Vision to survive in the film, without the Mind Stone. It’d be a smart twist for the studio to take, since Vision’s been the one death in the film that most fans have been sure of over the past few years, and would also still allow for Thanos to fully assemble his gauntlet. As of right now, it’s hard to know for sure. But with a little less than a year to go until Infinity War hits theaters, fans won’t have to wait much longer before finally having some of their longest-running theories confirmed (or disproven).
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