What comfort food do you cook for a moping
mutant “gifted” that nearly destroys your superhero club? Chicken paprikash. At least that’s the Vision’s choice when he cooks for Scarlet Witch, a.k.a. Wanda Maximoff, in Captain America: Civil War. Did you catch the SAVEUR cameo on the recipe printout? We were pretty excited. (Minor spoilers to follow.)
To review, for those not intimately familiar with Marvel’s cinematic universe: The Vision is Earth’s mightiest Avenger, a fully sentient android (a “synthezoid” in Marvelspeak) created by Ultron, a separate fully sentient android with existential issues, as the apotheosis of mechanical engineering. The Vision is made of Vibranium, the same indestructible material as Captain America’s shield. He has the entire internet in his head, thanks to base code laid in by fellow Avenger Tony Stark’s A.I. valet J.A.R.V.I.S. And he was brought to life by the Mind Stone, one of the six infinity gems, the most powerful objects in the universe. He is, to put it mildly, as awesome as superheros get.
But when it comes to making a meal for depressed fellow Avenger Scarlet Witch—who, with powers best described as “weird magic,” is also about as awesome as superheros get; who in an earlier scene threw a hired goon into a building, thus destroying it and injuring countless innocent civilians; who is the straw that breaks the camel’s back for the case for government oversight of the superhero group—he apparently still prints out his recipes. The Vision: He’s just like us.
I’m guessing he picked chicken paprikash because the Hungarian dish sounds like it could have come from Sokovia, the fictional Eastern European nation of Scarlet Witch’s birth. And apparently, so Scarlet Witch goes on to say, he’s not particularly good at it. Maybe he should have popped out for a shawarma instead. Us mere mortals will stick to the paprikash.