Avengers: Age of Ultron was a highly anticipated sequel to The Avengers, but it fell short of expectations, leaving several loose ends in its wake. One such loose end was Thor’s mission to find the Water of Sight, which has continued to puzzle fans and seems out of place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
In the movie, the Avengers retrieve the Scepter from a HYDRA base and use it to create Ultron, a peacekeeping program. However, Ultron becomes sentient and decides to eradicate humanity to save the Earth. Meanwhile, the Avengers come across the Maximoff twins, Pietro and Wanda, who implant visions on the heroes. Thor’s vision sends him on a mission to find the Water of Sight, which seems to serve no real purpose in the movie and is quickly forgotten by the MCU.
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Thor’s Vision and Mission
Although Thor claimed to be immune to Wanda’s powers, he was still affected by her hallucinations, which showed him the destruction of Asgard and glimpses of the Infinity Stones, the Infinity Gauntlet, and the creation of Vision. The visions torment Thor, and he decides to leave to learn more about the Infinity Stones and the strange being he saw (Vision).
With the help of Erik Selvig, Thor finds the Water of Sight, a body of water where Norns (beings that can perceive future events) manifest themselves. If the water gods accept Thor upon entering the pool, he can revisit his vision in more detail. In the Water of Sight, Thor sees the Infinity Stones and learns about a new being that will be key in destroying Ultron.
Thor returns to the Avengers and uses the machine to power Vision. However, the way Thor left and how easily he found the Water of Sight seem out of place in the movie. Moreover, the MCU forgets about the Water of Sight and its powers, even though it would have been useful in subsequent adventures, particularly in Avengers: Infinity War.
Why the Avengers Never Used the Water of Sight Again
In a deleted scene, Thor is possessed by a Norn, who answers Selvig’s questions about how to stop Ultron and tells him more about the Infinity Stones. However, the process of revisiting the nightmare seems painful, and there is a risk of not being accepted by the water gods. Thus, it is unlikely that Thor would have wanted to go through it again.
Moreover, the Water of Sight would have been useful to stop Thanos even before the snap happened. However, using it might have made things too easy for the Avengers, and the rest of the MCU might have seemed anticlimactic.
Thor’s mission to find the Water of Sight seems out of place in Avengers: Age of Ultron and is quickly forgotten by the MCU. Although it sets up the creation of Vision and the arrival of Thanos, it is never used again and seems to have no real purpose. While it is possible that the Water of Sight was too painful to revisit, it is unlikely that the Avengers would have given up such a powerful tool without a fight. Therefore, the MCU’s failure to use the Water of Sight again remains a mystery, and it seems like a missed opportunity to expand the universe’s lore and capabilities.