In Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), shortly after Vision manifests, he looks at Thor, notices Thor's cape, and generates one of his own.

Why did Vision care to copy this aspect of Thor's appearance?

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    All the cool cats wear capes. Thor, Superman, Batman, Lando.... – user25738 Apr 23 '18 at 21:40
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    I have no evidence to support this, but I suspect it was a quick and easy way to justify why the Vision wears a cape. Capes are not prevalent in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the Vision has always had one in the comics, and would look incomplete without it. As Thor is the only member of the team to wear a cape, using him as the inspiration for the look might have felt natural. – Allen R. Brady Apr 24 '18 at 0:23
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    Clearly he didn't watch The Incredibles. – Mr Scapegrace Apr 25 '18 at 7:31

I think Vision did this because he was trying to blend in.

In the scene where Captain America and Maximoffs trying to stop Stark and Banner from creating an another Ultron, Thor appears and shot a thunder blast into the container that Vision was held in. By doing that, ultimately Thor helped waking up Vision, and after waking up, the first person he sees is Thor. Combining the two facts, Thor was the most recognizable person for Vision in that moment. Then he jumped onto Thor and was thrown away. In front of that glass window, he stopped for a moment, gathered his thoughts and made himself wear some kind of greenish suit. Then coming back, he sees Thor is wearing a cape. So Vision did what every kid would do. He copied Thor because he was the most recognizable and closest as a person in world for him.

As others have suggested, it could be also the reason that Vision in comics usually wears a cape.

  • Why have you italicized random words? – Azor Ahai May 17 '18 at 18:03
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    @AzorAhai if you see closer, you can see that those words are mostly names :) – Vishwa May 18 '18 at 6:02
  • Why did you italicized names? – Azor Ahai May 18 '18 at 6:05
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    Why do you ask? Basically It's like my own formatting. to differ names from the rest of text, to improve recognizability (<- this is not even a word ;) ) on names – Vishwa May 18 '18 at 6:35
  • Because it's unusual, distracting, and hard to read, but you do you. – Azor Ahai May 18 '18 at 6:36

When Vision comes to life he attacked Thor first, so maybe this was his way of showing gratitude towards him as Thor was responsible in his creation. Also remember cape is a iconic part of Vison in comics, so maybe they have to do it in a reasonable way possible.

It was fully opposite in deleted scene where he did it to compete with him:

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