Vision Could Actually Still Be Alive, According to Fan Theory
For all of WandaVision's mysteries, cameos, and waves of nostalgia, one thing is becoming painfully clear: This show is dark. Like, really dark. Look no further than an animated child rotting to death in last week's episode if you need any evidence.
We could write 10,000 words about all the cringey implications of Wanda Maximoff trapping possibly hundreds of people in a terminal state of mind control. But for today's purposes, let's focus on one question: How did Wanda bring Vision—the guy Thanos killed in Avengers: Infinity War—back to life? The show told us that Wanda did a big no-no and stole Vision's dead corpse from the facility where it was being protected. So it's currently assumed that she simply reanimated the body in her sitcom world, meaning that it would crumble outside of it—a process we began to see in Episode 6 when Vision briefly leaves Westview. But is there any way Vision could be truly alive, without the continuing help of Wanda's powers?
A new fan theory by Reddit user Gwfun22 might've just cracked the mystery. And it involves time travel! Duh. There's not too much to this theory, but it makes perfect sense. The gist? Wanda time-travels back to 2012 (i.e. the events of the first Avengers movie), finds Loki, and asks him to snag the mind stone. When she returns to her reality, she shoves the mind stone back in Vision's head and wakes him up in sitcom world so he doesn't know what the hell happened. Here's how the Reddit user put it:
Ok so the re-animating is starting to make less sense, but how is Vision alive and moving? Well it’s quite simple. With the help of the Time Traveling devices from Endgame and 2012 Loki, Wanda could get another mind stone. The time traveling device could get Wanda back to 2012 and to Loki. Loki can then get Wanda a mind stone from his reality. Wanda can then go back to her reality, steal the Vision’s corpse, create the hex, place the mind stone inside of Vision’s body, and poof. The sitcom WandaVision was created.
The user also points out that when Vision left Westview in the last episode, we briefly see him fully intact—bright yellow mind stone and all. At the very least, it's possible that Vision is alive for good. And we know Marvel has pulled far more ridiculous stunts involving time travel already. Plus, in these superhero stories, we know very well that no one ever really dies.
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