Marvel's the Vision is starting a family, and by starting, we mean buidling one.
In October, Marvel launches the ongoing series The Vision by Tom King and Gabriel Hernandez Walta. In this newest addition into the company's "All-New All-Different Marvel" line-up, the long-time Avenger creates an android wife, two kids, along with a home in the suburbs (the android dog will apparently have to wait). But can someone like the Vision truly find the American dream?
King calls The Vision a "back to basics" approach, harkening back to the character's roots with co-creator Roy Thomas in Avengers. In an exclusive first interview, King talks about the Vision's place at Marvel, his new family, as well as how the Vision's other families -- that of the Avengers and his-ex wife Scarlet Witch and their kids -- factor into this unique family drama.
Newsarama: Tom, where do we find the Vision after Secret Wars and here in "All-New All Different Marvel"?
Tom King: We start with a back to basics Vision.
With some apologies to the great Donna Troy, this character has one of the most complicated and perhaps convoluted histories in comics. A close reading of his definitive origins in Avengers Forever reveals that the close reader now has a headache. And that was written like three Vision deaths ago.
With this series we’re going to strip all that noise away and return to the simple, sweet, and amazingly compelling set up Roy Thomas first gave the character: a robot built to be a weapon who wants to be a human, who wants to be a hero. He’s the powerful stranger who for some flattering reason wants to be like us. Vision is Data. Vision is Spock. Vision is Superman. Vision is who I was, the geek trying to fit in, realizing I never will, and realizing that that ain’t all bad.
Nrama: I’m told The Vision has him creating his own family. The Vision has had a family before and it didn't go too well. How would you describe his new family here?
King: Well for the most part they’re not the tragic figures of someone else’s imagination. Which is always a plus. Although, come to think of it, they’re sort of the tragic figures of my imagination. So scratch that first part. Man it sucks to be Vision. Can’t catch a break.
Slightly more seriously, the new book begins with Vision creating a family, just as Ultron once created Vision. Vision wants to be ordinary, and what’s more ordinary than a house, a wife, and two loving kids? So he makes a wife, Virginia, and two 16 year old twins, Viv and Val. They move to the suburbs of D.C. They have neighbors. Vision has a new job. The children start school. Virginia explores possible careers. Everything is perfect. Everything is ordinary.
Then everything goes wrong.
And what goes wrong will shake the Marvel Universe.
Nrama: How does this family situation work with the Vision's role in All-New All-Different Avengers?
King: Mark Waid has planned an epic adventure of these new Avengers, an adventure in which Vision will play an important role. What happens in this book will affect that adventure; however, if I talk about it, I’ll be spoiling some of Waid’s stuff, and I can’t do that on my first Marvel Project! I’ve been dreaming about working for this company since I was seven!
Now on my second project, I’m spilling everything! So hit me up then. Uhm. But don’t tell Marvel I told you that. Cool? Cool.
Nrama: Cool. What do his Avengers teammates think of his created family?
King: Frankly, it’s all a little creepy. Everyone is sympathetic to Vision’s desire to be ordinary, but they’re not yet convinced that this move is a move in the correct direction. The Avengers know that generally speaking, people have a right to create life, to create children, to form a family. But is a robot creating other robots the same as creating life? Vision thinks so. The Avengers have their doubts. This will be a source of fascinating conflict that we play with quite a lot in the book.
Nrama: What does the Vision have outside of his Avengers job and his family life?
King: I think this is the problem at the heart of the book. Vision has defined himself for his entire life by how he fits in with the Avengers. This series will about his attempt to define himself outside of this context.
I want to capture that moment we all have when we have to move beyond a safe place and we find our opinions about everything changing for good or bad. I want to explore the tension that creates, the ecstasy of finding yourself in someplace new and the tragedy of losing your way when you leave something familiar.
Nrama: You hinted that the Vision and his family aren’t all domestic bliss -- what conflicts or antagonists arise for the Vision?
King: The theme of this story is integration, how a family that is not “normal” lives and thrives in a modern American community. Vision and his family are going through what millions of us have gone and are still going through. Can they be treated as equals? Can they be trusted? Because they’re different, does that somehow make them less?
All of these questions will lead to conflict for this family. And as these conflicts arise, The Vision will not respond the way you think he will. And then everything goes crazy.
Nrama:Joining you on this is Gabriel Hernandez Walta from Magneto. What does his unique scratchy style bring to this book?
King: I couldn’t believe my luck when Gabriel agreed to do this book. His style reminds of a combination of Frank Quietly and Dave Gibbons, two artists I worship. He excels at creating the quiet moments that I love to write in my comic books, the moments that create the tension for the inevitable outbreak of violence. With Gabriel on the book, I feel we can tell stories unlike any others in the comic market, stories that will surprise and thrill our readers.
Also, it’s worth noting that our colorist for the book will be Jordie Bellaire, one of, if not the, best colorists in the business. I’m in utter awe of her work. (Not to mention, Jordie colored my first comic work, and to me it feels a little bit like coming home.)
Nrama: Any chance some of the Vision's family like Hank Pym, Ultron, Jocasta, his kids or even ex-wife Scarlet Witch could show up in the book?
King: Yes. Absolutely. Part of the fun conflict that drives this book will come from how Vision’s old natural very non-traditional family reacts to his new unnatural very traditional family. In fact, the first issue features a family member returning to Vision’s life. It does not go well.