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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.

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.

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Cobra Kai Season 4 – Review



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Cobra Kai season four is out now on Netflix and the All Valley is back and better than ever. Here’s our review.

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

It’s January, and new shows are popping up everywhere. This brings us to the show that I and my friends have been holding our breaths for: the fourth season of the hit Netflix series Cobra Kai! After three seasons, I wondered if there was anything left to mine from the Karate Kid lore or the Johnny/Daniel dynamic. I am happy to report that this might be my favourite season yet! It manages to not only expand upon the universe it has created, but to bring in a new villain, who is so bad that he threatens to outdo even John Kreese!


Season four sets us off where the third left off, with Johnny and Daniel having joined forces to fight Cobra Kai. Their friendship arc is the glue that holds this season together. The story focuses largely on whether they will be able to pull it together and make their partnership work. As in previous seasons, their relationship has its ups and downs. The stakes are heightened, however, as the season leads up to the All-Valley Tournament. A bet between the three senseis – Kreese, Daniel, and Johnny – means that losing the All Valley is losing the title of sensei.

This season explores the ways that both Johnny and Daniel work with the kids. It also examines the kids’ struggles as they prepare for the All Valley while dealing with conflict within the ever-changing network of friends and enemies in the dojos. Robbie has left juvenile hall and decided to join up with Cobra Kai as a means of inflicting revenge on both his dad and Daniel. Tori and Sam continue their rivalry. And John Reese’s old friend Terry Silver (of Karate Kid 3 fame) shows up to kick Cobra Kai into high gear.

Daniel’s son, Anthony, who has largely been absent until now, faces his own dilemma when his friends begin bullying Kenny, the new kid in town. This soft-spoken middle school character brings us into the world of the younger kids, setting up yet another storyline. Kenny becomes the victim of a gang of kids (including Anthony), enduring round after round of bullying before Robbie takes him under his wing. After his induction into Cobra Kai, the formerly shy middle-schooler becomes a bully himself.

Shades of grey

This brings me to one of my favourite things about the show. The constant back and forth dynamic between characters makes us feel that anything is possible. There is no black and white in the world of Cobra Kai. Where the Karate Kid told us that Daniel was good, and Johnny was bad, this show gives us a very different point of view. It’s a world where we’re never sure who to root for. In this season, we even see Hawk make a return to the “good guys” side after giving up his spot at Cobra Kai.

With Eagle Fang (Johnny’s new dojo) and Miyagi-Do teaming up, the kids – and the adults – have to learn to work together. Of course, complications ensue. Johnny becomes jealous of what he perceives as Miguel’s preference for Daniel over him. Sam wants to learn both her dad’s karate style and Johnny’s, despite her father’s discouragement. Meanwhile, at Cobra Kai, Kreese is losing his grip on the dojo. His former war buddy, Terry Silver, puts off a rather benign appearance in episode one, growing more and more evil with each episode.

This season is lacking in many of the big fight scenes of the previous seasons, instead choosing to focus their energy on the characters. The All Valley Tournament features several great karate matches and offers a satisfying conclusion to Johnny and Daniel’s arc. In the end, Cobra Kai takes the tournament win, but Johnny and Daniel have reached an understanding.

New champions

Tori defeats Sam to take the women’s All Valley trophy but later overhears her sensei paying off one of the referees. It’s clear that Cobra Kai has pulled yet another fast one. But the season ends on an even more ominous – and unexpected – note. Terry Silver assaults the over-aged former Cobra Kai member, Stingray, sending him to the hospital. He then makes a deal with Stingray to blame the crime on Kreese. We end the season with Kreese in handcuffs, Terry Silver set to take over Cobra Kai, and the future of Eagle Fang and Miyagi-Do uncertain. In a last shocking twist, Miguel leaves town in search of his biological father.

Although some may miss the school hallway throw downs, I found this one satisfying in a different way. It just goes to show that the ever-expanding Cobra Kai universe can keep bringing surprises season after season.


Thank you for reading our review of Cobra Kai season four. Do you agree or disagree with our points or have anything to add? If so, leave us a comment below.

Check out our Hawkeye episode one and two review HERE.

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