Warning: This post contains spoilers for WandaVision episode 8.
WandaVision’s latest episode introduces S.W.O.R.D.’s true sentient weapon. The episode revealed White Vision who was set up for grabbing viewers’ interest for the showdown between the ‘real’ Vision and white Vision along with Scarlet Witch in the finale.
White Vision’s shocking introduction was rather clever from Director Hayward. The project of the character was teased in the last episode as it was called Project Cataract. Last episode the superhit Disney+’s show introduced Agnes as Agatha Harkness and had stolen most of the attention.
The addition of White Vision is the latest in a long line of superheroes being forced to fight versions of themselves. The Arrowverse’s Flash has battled all dark versions of themselves. The introduction of White Vision will be a reminder for the ‘real’ Vision and Wanda that if it had not been for their humanity and the Avengers, either of them could have been used as weapons for someone else.
However, that was the initial intention for the creation of both their characters. Wanda was created by HYDRA’s experiments in Sokovia and Vision was created by Ultron as his final, unstoppable form. White Vision proved to bring all of that to a full circle. The new character or alternative of Vision will act as a reminder of every nightmare Vision and Wanda had.
This will also be a violation of both Vision’s living will and the Sokovia Accords. But if we are absolutely real here, it is one of the coolest moments of the MCU. The show started out as a mere sitcom confusing fans and viewers as it was set right after the events of Avengers: Endgame.
Project Cataract Explained
WandaVision started giving answers to all the confusion from episode 4. Let us take a more detailed look into who White Vision is and how the character has been set up by S.W.O.R.D.’s secret plans.
If you remember S.W.O.R.D. called their secret Project Cataract which itself was a huge give-away. The word implies ‘imperfect vision’ and also proposes the removal of a white gloss to the eyes. That effect was what came over the synthezoid when Thanos killed him. Undoing it is what revived him which in parallel is a real cataract operation.
Hayward, as fans suspected, is using Vision’s corpse and blaming it on Wanda, implicating that she was the one who stole his body. This was an attempt to vilify Wanda and support his own project for which he even included a tracker on Vision. Cataract needed a purpose to exist as Hayward weaponized Wanda’s grief which is his reveal of Vision’s corpse pushed over the edge.
In the gap between Endgame and WandaVision, S.W.O.R.D. managed to disassemble and then rebuilt Vision again. However, there was a missing piece which was Wanda’s power in their jigsaw puzzle. There are also questions regarding how he was restored because, in the comics, Vision was reconstructed by Hank Pym. But the pay-off that Wanda’s power was the one thing that would push White Vision’s existence is both brutal and brilliant at the same time.
The version of Vision created by Project Cataract is a flawed version of the character. It is like a clean slate and is also like Vision was reborn without emotion and any sense of his soul. S.W.O.R.D.’s version is clearly restored without any of the qualities of the real Vision like morality, humanity, and a will for self-discovery.
White Vision: The Villain
The White Vision is a machine that is programmed by his masters to fulfill a mission without anything that has made Vision more human. Vision’s color is related to his life as when he dies back in Infinity War, he loses his pigment. In short, the new Vision created by S.W.O.R.D. is a lifeless atrocity.
When it comes to Vision’s existence, it was revealed that vision was reliant on the Mind Stone, however, he wasn’t completely tied to it. Shuri would have been able to separate the Infinity Stone from him without killing him but it might have cost him some of his powers. However, for S.W.O.R.D. to replicate Vision, they would have needed new technology or they would have needed Dr. Helen Cho’s Regeneration Cradle from Age of Ultron.
Vision’s production was very specific because of which it gets hard to imagine that they were able to do it perfectly. The white color can presumably be a nod to that which means it is an unfinished process that resulted in a modified version of Vision losing important parts of himself.