by Ryan Rigley

While Joss Whedon has already publicly stated that “S.H.I.E.L.D.” will be “autonomous” from the highly anticipated “Avengers” sequel, odds are that the “S.H.I.E.L.D.” series will have a part to play in Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Even though the show likely won’t feature Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, there’s still a good chance that it will be introducing a few lesser known superheroes — case in point, The Vision.

A few months back, there was a rumor flying around the Internet that Agent Phil Coulson would become the synthezoid known as The Vision. While some Marvel execs have denounced these rumors, he never said anything about The Vision not making an appearance in “The Avengers 2.”

Read on for our rundown of Marvel’s greatest android and how he could fit into Marvel’s planned “Avengers” sequel, as well as the “S.H.I.E.L.D.” series.

Created by the evil robot Ultron in an attempt to annihilate The Avengers, The Vision very quickly decides to turn on his creator, joining forces with those whom he was built to destroy. The Vision is a synthezoid, with a body built from components of the original android Human Torch and a mind forged from the brain-patterns of the then-deceased Simon Willaims, a.k.a. Wonder Man.

Absorbing solar energy via the Solar Jewel embedded in his forehead, The Vision is capable of firing both infrared and microwave radiation beams. He also has the ability to manipulate his density at any given time, making himself either invulnerable or intangible during combat. Often times, he will phase one intangible hand into an enemy’s chest and then partially re-materialize it while still inside said chest causing the enemy to black out from the pain; something he likes to refer to as a “physical disruption.”

Not only has The Vision been a consistent member of The Avengers since the ’60s, but the fact of the matter is that every good team needs to have a robot. If the Rebel Alliance has R2-D2 and the “Prometheus” team has David, then why shouldn’t the Avengers have The Vision? Having an A.I. construct on your team allows for much more productivity, being as they don’t need to eat or sleep. Plus, robots don’t have any of the mental hangups that most human beings have about going into battle and doing what needs to be done. They’ll simply go that extra mile just because they were programmed to.

Agent Coulson is (was) perhaps the most well-liked S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. Simply put, die-hard fans, like myself, are just dying to see him come back to life as The Vision. A TV series based around “S.H.I.E.L.D.” would absolutely prove to be the best place for audiences to see that transition from cold, calculating S.H.I.E.L.D. agent to cold, calculating synthezoid.

Alternatively, since The Vision was created by Ultron, who was in turn created by Hank Pym (a.k.a. Ant-Man), Marvel could potentially introduce The Vision at some point during the “Ant-Man” movie. Obviously, Ultron would need to be a big part of “Ant-Man” for this to work. That way, The Vision could either pop up sometime during “Ant-Man” to help Pym fight Ultron or he could be hinted at in a post-credits scene and then officially introduced in the beginning of “The Avengers 2.”

In Assembling Avengers, we’re picking a new Marvel Comics superhero every week and arguing why they deserve a spot on the roster for Earth’s mightiest sequel. Let us know which heroes you want to see in the next “Avengers” in the comments or on Twitter!

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