With the poor performance of 2020’s The New Mutants plus Disney’s acquisition of Fox, Maisie Williams may have understandably assumed her chance to play any kind of Marvel superhero had come and gone. But according to our trusted and proven source, the Game of Thrones alum has received a welcome surprise. Maisie Williams is talking to Marvel about playing Vivian, the daughter of Paul Bettany’s Vision.
As for what film and/or show Williams is negotiating to appear in, our source wasn’t able to tell us. However one of the most obvious guesses would be the unofficial but almost certainly planned Young Avengers project. As Marvel Comics fans have been quick to point out in every instance, characters who have either appeared in the Young Avengers comic or who — as teen superheroes — would be a perfect fit have been popping up all over the Marvel Cinematic Universe; particularly in the related Disney+ series like WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, Hawkeye, and most recently Ms. Marvel. You can add to that list America Chavez from Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Cassie Lang from the Ant-Man films. Maisie Williams as the daughter of Vision would be a natural addition.
Vivian, or Viv as she’s usually called, was introduced along with her brother Vin and her mother Virginia in 2016’s Vision #1 by Tom King and Gabriel Hernandez Walta. The series — often credited as one of the inspirations for WandaVision — follows the eponymous synthezoid as he builds his own family of synthezoids and tries to live a “normal” suburban life. Something like the Vision comic could be what Marvel has in mind to introduce Maisie Williams as the daughter of Vision.
The last time we saw the “real” reactivated Vision, it was in the WandaVision finale when he had broken free from S.W.O.R.D.’s control and left Westview behind. After his confrontation with the Wanda-created Vision, the revived synthezoid seemed unsure about exactly what/who he was. Confused and without his old Avengers buddies for help, might not the bone-white Vision consider building his own family like his counterpart in the 2016 comic? It’s only speculation, but you have to admit — it would be a decent way to introduce Maisie Williams as Vision’s daughter.
In the comics, Viv has never been an official member of the Young Avengers, she was one of the young heroes to join Marvel’s revived Champions series. Originally a gathering of Marvel heroes in the seventies seemingly thrown together by having names pulled out of a hat — e.g. Hercules, Iceman, Ghost Rider, Black Widow — the team was resuscitated in 2016 as a teen team. with members like Ms. Marvel, the Miles Morales Spider-Man, the Amadeus Cho Hulk, etc. Maisie Williams’ future character of Viv, daughter of Vision, was there from the beginning as well.
Most recently, Williams played model and punk rock fashion pioneer Jordan Mooney in FX on Hulu’s biopic mini-series Pistols. Before Maisie Williams plays the daughter of Vision, she has a couple of other projects lined up. Per Variety, in the upcoming Apple TV+ series The New Look she’ll play World War II French Resistance fighter Catherine Dior. She’ll also be joining Freddie Highmore in the comedy Sinners V. Saints based on the real-life “Manacled Mormon” sex scandal.