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What You Need To Know About S.W.O.R.D. In Wandavision

David Ryerson

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Right from the start, we have been seeing references to S.W.O.R.D. in WandaVision on Disney Plus. But who are they?

‘Wandavision’ is Disney’s newest entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). It is streaming on Disney Plus, and it is… well… weird. The first three episodes were largely just Wanda and Vision (who is technically dead) living in sitcoms. While they did not exactly replicate the sets, you can see evidence of ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’, ‘Leave it to Beaver’, and ‘The Brady Bunch’.

It is clear that Jac Schaeffer, the creator of the show, is using it as a love letter to sitcoms of the past. It is also clear that they are taking their time to tell a story. A weekly series on Disney Plus allows them to go into more detail than in the movies with WandaVision.

In episode one, we see that Wanda’s ‘show’ is being watched on a TV with the S.W.O.R.D. symbol. We also see a character wearing the same symbol on a necklace and a mysterious bee-keeper with the symbol on his outfit.

In episode four, we finally get to see a bit of what is really going on. And it all involves a mysterious agency called S.W.O.R.D. Here are the seven things you need to know about S.W.O.R.D. from WandaVision.

SPOILERS: If you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen the show, but if not there are spoilers ahead.

1. Acronym

S.W.O.R.D. is an for “Sentient World Observation and Response Department.” In the Marvel universe, it is a government agency tasked with assisting S.H.I.E.L.D. (and although they work autonomously, they are actually a sub-division of S.H.I.E.L.D.). They also combat threats from extraterrestrials. We have seen SHIELD throughout the MCU, but this is the first appearance of SWORD. They have been around in Marvel comics for over 20 years. They first appeared in the X-Man comics, but ultimately had their own series.

2. Focus

The focus of S.W.O.R.D. in the comics has frequently been the extraterrestrial threat. Their roster frequently includes friendly extraterrestrials who work with the agents and sometimes become agents themselves. S.W.O.R.D. has access to alien technology live faster than light travel. In a post-credits scene in ‘Spiderman: Far from Home,’ we see Nick Fury on a spacecraft. He is conceivably on a S.W.O.R.D. ship. This S.W.O.R.D. will likely take a different form than what we see in the comics. Marvel has done an incredible job building the MCU and they have had a rich environment of comic characters to build on. But they only use the comics as a starting point.

3. Monica

Monica Rambeau is the primary S.W.O.R.D. agent appearing in Wandavision. Inside the anomaly that Westview, NJ has become, Monica has gone by ‘Geraldine’. We have seen Monica before in the MCU. She appeared as a child in “Captain Marvel.” She was the child of Carol Danvers’ best-friend Maria Rambeau. She is all grown up and working for S.W.O.R.D., an organisation founded by her mother.

4. Space missions

The MCU S.W.O.R.D. was initially focused on manned space missions and potential extraterrestrial threats. After the Thanos snap (which wiped out half of all life in the universe), they began to focus more on robotics and artificial intelligence. We have already seen some of their work on WandaVision with their drones attempting to fly into the Westview anomaly.

5. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

There were originally plans to introduce S.W.O.R.D. on the “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” TV series, but never really moved on the idea. S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson was once asked if S.H.I.E.L.D. had a space division called S.P.E.A.R. or something.

6. Familiar faces

We will probably see a lot more of S.W.O.R.D. in the MCU. ‘Wandavision’ is easily tying itself to other MCU properties. They have included both Darcy Lewis (from the ‘Thor’ franchise), and Jimmy Woo (from the ‘Ant-Man’ franchise). In the comics, S.W.O.R.D. played a role in the ‘Secret Invasion’ storyline. Marvel has announced that “Secret Invasion” will be one of its new on Disney Plus. Variety confirms that Samuel L. Jackson will reprise his role as Nick Fury in the series. The last time we saw Fury was in the post-credits scene of Spiderman: Far from Home. The new series will deal with a Skrull invasion of Earth, and is in the development phase (with no release date set yet).

7. X-Men

S.W.O.R.D. is tied in closely with the X-Men. The alien “dragon” nicknamed Lockheed was befriended by the X-Men, but was later recruited by S.W.O.R.D. as a mole. His job was to keep S.W.O.R.D. informed about mutant activities. Because S.W.O.R.D. is tied in so closely with the “X-Men” comic series, it helps set up the introduction of the X-Men to the MCU. The rights to the X-Men have always been owned by Fox. But Disney acquired both Marvel Studios and Fox. They now have the rights to include the X-Men in the series. Marvel and Disney are being secretive about what will happen. We do know that the arrival of Wanda’s (deceased) brother Pietro at the end of Episode 5 is a hint. Marvel wants Pietro back and will likely include him in future X-Man movies or series.


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What Harry Potter Can Learn From Popular TV Adaptations?

Victoria Newell

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With the announcement of a Harry Potter universe TV show, fans are alive with excitement and a little bit of concern. Will it live up to the hype? There are already concerns about TV adaptations, with all information about the Avatar: The Last Airbender have been extremely disappointing. People are worried that this show could be underwhelming out there. But there are several examples of shows that exist within a massive fandom that have seen large-scale success. Some of these big budget, large fan-base tv shows over the past decade include Game of Thrones, WandaVision, and The Mandalorian. So what can the Harry Potter series learn from the successes and failures of other popular TV adaptations?

Game of Thrones

For a decade, Game of Thrones ruled the silver screen. One of the most critically acclaimed and financially successful shows of all time, it had a massive following. But Game of Thrones had an overwhelmingly disappointing finale; and that’s what Harry Potter can learn from them. The writing in Game of Thrones was phenomenal in the early seasons because they pulled from the book. Even though Game of Thrones did not always stay true to the book’s plot, they stayed true to the character’s adaptations and development. Furthermore, they were staying on the basic plot line and end goal. When they ran out of books to adapt, the show began to take a decline. A great example is Peter Dinklage’s Tyrion, who’s character’s intelligent and witty writing plummeted after the writers couldn’t pull from the books anymore.

Author G.R.R Martin told the showrunners that they would need several more seasons to end the show the way the books will eventually end. But the showrunners were ready to only give it one more season. As a result, the last season was rushed and half-baked, throwing out all of the character development of the last ten years.

Where Harry Potter can learn from this is that they need to have a clear vision. Even if they don’t pull from books directly, if any characters from the books are making an appearance in the show, they need to be consistent with their portrayal in the books. For the story to be successful, they need to have a vision for the ending and work towards that ending for a good final pay-off. Where Game of Thrones was just adapting as they went without an end in mind, Harry Potter has the opportunity to start preparing for a great pay-off now. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a perfect example of preparing for a great pay off early, laying down the ground-work for a finale a decade later in Iron Man. Today they are starting a new arc, kicking off the next Marvel run with a tv show;WandaVision.

WandaVision

*SPOILERS*

The current phenomenon WandaVision is still entertaining Marvel fans, and is set to end in two weeks. The first Marvel TV show to blatantly connect to the MCU, WandaVision is an amazing example of a show that expands on a fictional universe. The show follows Wanda Maximoff (Scarlet Witch) as she creates an alternate universe for her to live out her sit-com suburban fantasies with the dead corpse of Vision. It’s a darker turn for the MCU, and is sparking an entire online discourse full of fan-theories and speculation. While the ending to WandaVision is still a mystery, it’s becoming clear that it will set up the Multiverse, and perhaps the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and the Young Avengers. It has serious and exciting implications for the future of the MCU.

This Harry Potter series has potential to do the same thing. It could expand upon the Harry Potter universe and add new content to the greater world. What makes WandaVision so exciting is how it is enlarging the MCU for the next decade. The Harry Potter show is perfectly poised to do the same thing. It’s important to note that this seems to be what Fantastic Beasts is attempting to do. But where Fantastic Beasts fails is where WandaVision succeeds. WandaVision has familiar (previously minor) characters with established emotional weight at its center (Wanda and Vision). Fantastic Beasts has mostly strangers at its core. If Harry Potter wants to seriously expand the universe, it would be in it’s benefit to have some familiarity at its center (such as the Marauders or the Blacks).

The Mandalorian

The Mandalorian does somewhat the opposite of WandaVision, and is another direction for Harry Potter. Star Wars spin off The Mandalorian places new characters in a fairly familiar setting. Star Wars has a lot of lore, and Mandalorian is an episodic show that just explores that lore. It doesn’t introduce a lot of new content, and has a lot of familiar faces in and out, such as Ahsoka Tano and Boba Fett. However, it centres on new characters with different roles.

Harry Potter too has a lot of lore attached to it, just hang out on Pottermore for a few hours, and the series could take a Mandalorian approach. Give us new characters in a familiar world with a new role. Such as a person who works in the Ministry of Magic, or Hogwarts from the perspective of the professors. While Mandalorian provides more depth to the events after Return of the Jedi, it doesn’t add a lot new to the story. Almost everything has been introduced somewhere else. Harry Potter doesn’t have to put a lot of pressure on it’s tv show to introduce a lot of new things, but can simply exist within the universe in an episodic fashion.

Wrapping up

There are plenty of directions that this Harry Potter show could take, and that’s what makes it exciting. Learning from these three very successful TV shows that exist within a large fandom, Harry Potter has a lot to take away from them. A clear story arc is the most important thing this show can learn from all three of these examples. Whether it adds more to the universe, or exists within the pre-existing Harry Potter sandbox has yet to be seen. Whatever they do, it is sure to bring a little more magic into our lives.


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