The Vision was created from the spare parts of the original Human Torch android and continues the legacy of Marvel’s first superhero.
MCU fans probably know that the Vision He is an android, but what you may not know is that he is made from one of the first Marvel superheroes, the original Human Torch. Contrary to what some may believe, Fantastic Four’s Johnny Storm is not the first Marvel hero to use the moniker. The original Human Torch (later known simply as the Torch during Marvel’s Dark reign era) is a synthetic being created by scientist Phineas Horton in the early 1940s. He was Marvel’s first superhero alongside fellow invaders Namor and Captain America, and the Torch even had a brief cameo in the Captain America the First Avenger film.
Although it has at times been depicted as being created from more classical robotic mechanical and metallic materials, the Torch is generally depicted as a fully synthetic being, with artificial blood, organs, and DNA. It even has the urge to eat, sleep, and breathe, which has made it susceptible to attacks that would generally not affect a robot, such as poison gas. Early writers described his bones as made of ceramic material, but the most amazing components of Torch are his “Horton cells.” These cells are synthetic replicas of human cells created from plastics and carbon polymers. They can be grown in a laboratory, are compatible with “real” or organic physiology, and can use large amounts of energy.
When rogue AI and Avengers villain Ultron decided he wanted to create his own son, the Torch’s status as the first artificial being in the Marvel universe made him the ideal blueprint for bringing a new Synthézoid to life. So ideal in fact, that Ultron tracked down the remains of Torch’s body and stole it to create the Vision. Ultron added his own robotic modifications to the body of the Torch while creating the Vision, who, despite having his own unique personality and not remembering the life of the Torch, would follow in his footsteps as a hero.
It didn’t take long for the Vision to turn Ultron on and join the Avengers in Avengers # 58 by Roy Thomas and John Buscema, continuing the heroic legacy of the Torch that killed Hitler. Their powers and appearances may be different, but as Ant-Man (Scott Lang) discovered in Avengers forever, its inner workings are actually identical. This is due to the fact that the time traveling Immortus (aka Kang the Conqueror) used a device known as the Forever Crystal to split the Torch’s timeline before Ultron stole his body. So while Ultron created the Vision from a Torch, another version of the Torch continued to exist in the Marvel universe. At least that’s how it made itself look.
The theory that the Vision was created from the body of the original Torch is debunked by Hank Pym in Avengers of the West Coast # 50 por John Byrne. It is here that the idea that the Vision was built using the original Torch duplicate is revealed as part of an Immortus plot to dominate time itself. So while the Vision it might not be a direct continuation of the original Human Torch, it’s more appropriate to think of him as an inherited hero created from his older brother’s spare parts.