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

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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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Loki Episode 6 – Review

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Episode six of Loki from Marvel is here, streaming now on Disney Plus. It’s time for the series finale. Here’s our review.

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

More to come

The post-credit scene showed that a second series has already been ordered, meaning this finale is essentially the end of Part One. Thank goodness it is. Because if this was the denouement of the entire Loki story then there’s a good chance it would go down in television infamy as one of the more unusual series endings.

Introducing the big bad

We pick up from Sylvie and Loki’s defeat of The Alioth as they look at the citadel upon the rock at the end of time. They make their way to the entrance, and upon being invited in they’re met by Miss Minutes. It’s been widely predicted that ‘she’ would be an agitator in this series. And at last her role has been revealed. She is an emissary of Kang The Conquerer, embedded within the TVA.

She offers Loki the earth, almost literally, as she tries to coax him to betray Sylvie. Her offers of infinity stones, defeating Thanos etc. Happily, Loki rejects all the trinkets that she offers. Instead, he and Sylvie head into the lift where they meet ‘He Who Remains’ aka Kang The Conquerer. A 31st-century scientist and the true timekeeper.

Loki fight

Sylvie attempts to kill him but he quickly demonstrates some of his powers by dodging and weaving her before she gives in and the three of them sit down for a very long discussion. To sum up what was a lengthy and occasionally fairly tedious scene. He Who Remains (HWR) asks Loki and Sylvie to kill him and take over the role of controlling the timeline. Loki is extremely reticent but Sylvie, angry at what HWR’s meddling has done to her life, is desperate to do so.

Meanwhile, back at TVA HQ, Renslayer is informed by Miss Minutes of HWR’s plan. Showing her dual role and playing on Renslayer’s desperation to keep the TVA active and relevant.

Loki and Sylvie get into a physical fight over what to do with HWR. With Loki recognising how the timeline will fragment with branches springing up all over the place. But Sylvie is consumed by her rage and eventually overpowers Loki, sending him back to the TVA and then kills He Who Remains.

Setting up season two

Loki finds Mobius and tries to explain what has happened. But then discovers the terrible effects of what Sylvie has done by apparently killing HWR. Mobius has no idea who Loki is. This situation is then made worse when Loki looks out to see a statue of He Who Remains adorning TVA HQ. Loki realises that he is in a different timeline branch. One where HWR or Kang is in control of everything. Sylvie has been manipulated into apparently killing him which has enabled him to increase his power further.

Jonathan Majors was masterful as He Who Remains. Which is what you’d expect from someone with a Masters in acting from Yale. He was flamboyant, powerful and mesmerising, which is exactly what you want from a major villain. He will be back in AntMan 3 as Kang The Conquerer and is set to be the key villain in the next phase of the MCU post-Endgame and Thanos.

I have been extremely positive about this series, as I think it has been the strongest and most cohesive of the Marvel series so far this year. But I can’t disagree with anyone who felt short-changed by this finale. My 11-year-old son was pretty vocal in his disappointment the moment the credits rolled, and he was absolutely right. He is one of the most obsessive Marvel fans around and if he was underwhelmed, I feel pretty sure he was reflecting the majority view. Nothing I’ve seen online since has dissuaded me from that either.

Phase 4 groundwork

It seemed that the finale was essentially an exercise in introducing He Who Remains or Kang to our screens ahead of AntMan 3. While this isn’t necessarily a problem, it meant that the focus shifted away from being the climax of this series. Instead of being a prologue for the next phase of the MCU, which does seem a peculiar decision.

There are those who feel that the series original premise of Loki and Mobius teaming up to find Variants dotted around time and space was dropped after the first two episodes. Instead, it was replaced with a love story between Sylvie and Loki and a voyage of discovery with Mobius reduced to a bit part for the rest of the series.

But, the cliffhanger at the end of the series as Loki returns to the TVA does give me hope that Series Two will be an even better follow up.


CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 6/10


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