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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Thank you for reading what you need to know about S.W.O.R.D. in WandaVision. Did we miss anything? If so, let us know in the comments below.
Read our WandaVision episode four review HERE.
Read IMDB information about WandaVision HERE.
10 Years Of Game Of Thrones
Since it first aired on 17 April 2011, Game of Thrones has captured the imagination of many fans from start to finish. But, after the lacklustre and rushed ending of this epic fantasy series in 2019, we find ourselves wondering: has its legacy been completely ruined? After 10 years is it worth looking again at the legacy of Game of Thrones? After all, like the fallen Ned Stark once said: “some old wounds never truly heal, and bleed again at the slightest word”.
Have Game of Thrones fan’s been hit too hard by the hurried and unjust ending? Are there storylines and characters within the eight seasons that make up for the less than favourable ending?
After looking back through the seasons, below are what we think are some of the best and most redeeming moments and characters within the series. These could be the reason why fans stay loyal to Game of Thrones and even get excited about future prequels or sequels. We already have next year’s Game of Thrones – House of Dragons series to expect.
WARNING: Only read on if you have watched the entire series as there are spoilers.
Sansa Stark becomes Queen of the North
We ended the series with Winterfell once again being led by a member of the House of Stark. Queen Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), who regained The North as an independent Kingdom. This decision from the writers is easily the most satisfying conclusion to come out of the finale. And easily one of the best beginning to end character arcs in all Game of Thrones.
Starting out as quite an unfavourable character and the least liked Stark of the pack, mainly due to her spoiled and brattish behaviour. Sansa ended up being the character we were all rooting for. Especially when it came to regaining the north and standing her ground with Daenerys Targaryen – “What about the North”.
But it wasn’t an easy road for her to get to that point. She had to endure a lot of horrific scenes, storylines, and marriages which shaped her character from a little bird to a Queen. But as Sansa said herself, whilst talking to The Hound/Sandor Clegane (Rory McCann), “Without Little Finger and Ramsey and the rest I would have stayed a little bird all my life”. We’re glad she didn’t stay a little bird and became the Queen the North.
Arya Stark kills the Night King
When it came to the death of the Night King there were only a handful of characters who could do the deed. But, if you were anything like us, we had our money firmly on Jon Snow (Kit Harington). But, it was his kick-ass little sister, Arya Stark (Masie Williams), that ended the long night. With a fatal blow to the Night King’s heart with her Valyrian Steel Dagger.
In this episode, there was hardly any dialogue, especially in the last 30 minutes, which made the whole cinematography of the final scenes so much more poignant. From the camera angles to the incredible score which was accompanied only by sound effects and the odd fighting shout of pain. It left us in suspense and just as we thought all hope was lost, as the Night King approached Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) and fans started to believe that Game of Thrones was going to take another huge twist, winter was here to stay. Out came our hero from the dark, the epic shot where Arya was flying through the air will always be one of our all-time favourites.
The night before winter came
Another part of the final series that I think deserves some props, was episode two (mainly the last 30ish minutes). This episode was the calm before the storm. But it was also very well done, from this point, as a viewer we didn’t really know who was going to survive and who was going to die. Something that we were never sure with when watching Game of Thrones.
We managed to get some nice send-off scenes for most of the characters which kept the suspense alive. We saw Sansa and Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) meet again, Arya and Gendry (Joe Dempsie) finally ‘get together’ but most notably there was a comical and heart-warming meeting by the fire with Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), Jamie Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), Brienne of Tarth (Gwendolin Christie), Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju), Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) and Podrick Payne (Daniel Portman).
There were jokes, Brienne got knighted and we even got a song from Podrick. Which was made into a satisfying montage for other characters around Winterfell as well.
Arya Stark and the house of Frey
The demise of the House of Frey was indeed a good and a well-justified one. Positioned over the last episode of season six and the first episode of season seven. Arya Stark used her new newly found face-swapping abilities to first bamboozle Walder Frey (David Bradley) into eating a pie. Food made from his sons and then again to become Frey to poison the rest of the house.
This was the revenge we wanted for the fallen Starks of The Red Wedding and Arya was just the person to serve it! Because the revenge plot was separated between the two seasons it almost confused us fans. When we started to watch season seven and saw that Walder Fray was still alive the quick-minded ones of us straight away realised what was happening. Yet, there was a handful of us who looked just as confused at Frey’s wife/daughter who was standing next to him. That was until Arya took Walder Frey’s face off.
Cersei Lannister blows up the Sept of Baelor
Another example where the series utilises an amazing music score is in the last episode of season 10. Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) finally goes all out with her vindictive evilness and blows up the Sept of Baelor. With her daughter in law Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer), The High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce) and a host of other people she didn’t like, locked inside.
The whole scene lasts about eight minutes and also includes Lancel Lannister (Eugene Simon), having his tendons slit by one of Lord Varys’s (Conleth Hill) little birds, so he couldn’t stop the destruction which was about to happen. There was also the violent demise of Pycelle (Julian Glover), once again by Lord Varys’s little birds. Which was orchestrated by the crafty Qyburn (Anton Lesser).
Whilst this is happening a very smug Cersei watches over the chaos, with a glass of red. But, one thing Cersei didn’t account for was after the acknowledgement of his new bride’s murder, her son, King Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman) walked himself out of the window to his death.
Battle of the B**tards
Most of the battle scenes in Game of Thrones are pretty epic, but The Battle of the B**tards was by far one of the best. Accompanied by a killer soundtrack and great sound effects this battle was both jaw-dropping and breathtaking.
From the moment Rickon Stark (Art Parkinson) was killed by Ramsey Bolton (Iwan Rheon) to the moment Sansa sets Bolton’s dogs on him, there was action scene after action scene that captivated all of us and also gave us the Winterfell redemption story we needed. The death of Ramsey Bolton was also the most satisfying death since that of King Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson).
In this section of high intercity scenes, we get to see Little Finger/ Lord Peter Baelish (Aidan Gillen) do something useful for once by bringing the Vale Knights of House Arryn to save Jon Snow from dying… for a second time.
Daenerys Targaryen and the unsullied
Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) was a fan favourite from her first scene. But the admiration for her character grew and grew throughout the seasons. One of the most defining moments was when she visits Astapor on the search for an army to aid her in reclaiming the throne.
After meeting the hostile and pig-headed Kraznys mo Nakloz (Dan Hildebrand), Master of Astapor, Slaver and Unsullied overseer, who taunts Daenerys, believing she didn’t know how to speak Valyrian, he agrees to sell her all 8,000 Unsullied members for one of her dragons.
As most of their communications were through his servant Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) he believed Daenerys didn’t hear all the things he was saying. Which made the end scene so much more satisfying. Once the exchange is done, she has the Unsullied whip in hand and Krazny is trying to hold on to the dragon on a chain. She speaks to the Unsullied in clear Valyrian and finally tells Krazny who she is – Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen the blood of old Valyrian.
The moment she tells the Unsullied to slay the masters and uttered the word Dracarys, will forever be the day when we truly started to see how badass she really is!
The red wedding
As horrendous as it is to watch it’s clear that the Red Wedding is still a highlight of season three and indeed the series.
Yes, we already knew by now that anything could happen in Game of Thrones. And blood and gore was a regular occurrence. But this scene took things to a new level with a blood bath no one saw coming… Not even King of the North Rob Stark.
This heart-stopping 10 minutes of cushion grabbing TV, not only saw the death of two of the most loved Starks Rob and Catelyn Stark but also the death of Rob’s wife and unborn child. As well as the betrayal of Roose Bolton a supposed friend of the Starks (Michael McElhatton) and the house of Frey.
This scene cemented for us that no one can predict what is going to happen when you play the Game of Thrones. You win or You Die, there is no middle ground.
The two most sassy characters
When it comes to Game of Thrones, I think we can all agree that the one thing they got right, time and time again was the casting. And this never rang truer than with Lyanna Mormont (Bella Ramsey) and Olenna Tyrell (Diana Rigg). They didn’t have the biggest parts within the series, but boy, did they make their presence known. It got to the point where we were just waiting for their scenes to see what would come out of their mouths next.
Who’s the most impressive pre-teen in the whole of Westeros? That’s right Lyanna Mormont. Even at 10 years old I wouldn’t mess with her. Through the whole three seasons she was in, she demanded and captivated the audience. She said it how it was, and she wasn’t scared of a single thing. She came in like a warrior, back chatting Jon Snow and Sansa and acting like a total boss. Finally, she went out like a warrior taking a giant walker down with her.
The original, potty-mouthed grandmother Olenna Tyrell had line after line of roasting stingers. No one was safe from her sharp-tongued antics. But the one person that was firmly on her radar was Cersei Lannister. Especially after Cersei killed her family in the sept. In true Olenna style, even after she had been fatally poisoned, she still had the last word, admitting to Jamie Lannister that it was her that killed his and Cersei’s son, King Joffrey Baratheon.
There you have it, some of our favourites and redeeming scenes from Game of Thrones after 10 years, what do you think? What are your favourite scenes or storylines? Let us know in the comments below.
Check out our seven lost plot threads from Game of Thrones HERE.
Read iMDB information on Game of Thrones HERE.
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