WandaVision’s sword symbol connects to past and future Marvel movies
WandaVision episode 4 took its very first huge actions far from the deformed comedy life today, with huge brand-new advancements in the strata of the modern-day Marvel film setting.
In specific we got a take a look at what — in the comics — is among the Marvel Universe’s a lot of out-of-this-world secret companies. And it simply may link to the future of Captain Marvel, Nick Fury, and the Skrull empire.
[Ed. note: This piece contains spoilers for WandaVision through episode 4.]
WandaVision’s greatest mean the presence of SWORD was available in its 3rd episode, where it invested far more time with the character of Geraldine as she befriended Wanda and assisted provide her twin children. However other members of Westview remark that Geraldine is unusual, and brand-new to town. She’s unlike other residents in another method too. So far she is the only one who seems to have memories of Wanda’s life as an Avenger.
Geraldine tells Wanda that she remembers when Ultron killed her brother Pietro, and Wanda becomes agitated and suspicious. We don’t see exactly what happens next, but the next time we see Geraldine, she’s ejected through a shimmering barrier surrounding Westview, as gun-toting, uniformed people surround her.
One of the things Wanda becomes suspicious of is Geraldine’s pendant, a teardrop with an upraised sword in it.
The mixture of sword imagery and a shadowy military group points in one direction for Marvel Comics fans: SWORD.
WandaVision’s fourth episode “We Interrupt This Program,” steps outside of Westview to show us the almost immediate response of SWORD, the Sentient Weapon Observation and Response Department, to the disappearance of Westview, a small (fake) town in New Jersey.
Founded by Maria Rambeau, a close friend of Captain Marvel’s who first appeared in Captain Marvel, SWORD is apparently a government agency dedicated to detecting and dealing with extraterrestrial threats to earth, which makes you wonder where exactly they were when Thanos showed up in Avengers: Infinity War — but maybe WandaVision has plans to address that. For now, let’s talk about SWORD in the original Marvel Comics.
What is SWORD?
First, SWORD’s acronym is a bit different in the comics: the Sentient World Observation and Response Department. In other words, it’s a counterpart to SHIELD that focuses on extra-terrestrial goings on, just like in the show.
The profile of SWORD does not loom as large as SHIELD’s in Marvel Comics history, though it did have a significant role to play in arcs like Secret Invasion, which just happens to be one of Marvel’s upcoming Disney Plus exclusive series.
Also, right now in the comics, SWORD has evolved into the space exploration and diplomacy arm of the mutant government of Krakoa. That’s such a recent development that it shouldn’t be expected that it’ll have any connection to WandaVision, even if Wanda and her brother Pietro used to be mutants in the comics. But it is cool.
SWORD, beyond WandaVision
There are many indications that we’ll see more of SWORD beyond WandaVision.
Teyonah Parris’ Monica Rambeau, who we now know is a major player in SWORD, is set to reprise her role in Captain Marvel 2. And Monica could also have kept in touch with Nick Fury since Captain Marvel. The last we saw of SHIELD’s slipperiest agent in Spider-Man: Far From Home, he was in deep space on a Skrull ship. Samuel Jackson will eventually return to the role for Secret Invasion, and Parris will be seen again in the un-subtitled Captain Marvel 2. It’s possible, as is the Marvel method, that WandaVision lays the structure for both future installations of the MCU.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.