In the comics, SWORD was an offshoot of SHIELD that dealt with alien dangers while the parent organization dealt with national threats - actually the CIA to SHIELD's FBI.
We're not sure, however, if the TV / movie version of SWORD will also be a SHIELD spin-off, given that the organization's status in the MCU is currently unknown.
In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it was revealed that the upper echelons of SHIELD had been infiltrated by World War 2 HYDRA villains. Agent Phil Coulson spent much of the Agents of SHIELD TV show reconstructing a versione smaller of SHIELD, but it's not entirely clear whether these events are part of MCU canon or not.
There is both a fictional world and a real world reasons for this uncertainty. While Agents of SHIELD have referenced major events in the MCU (the HYDRA takeover, the arrival of Thanos), we don't know if Coulson and co's efforts have had an impact on the big screen - especially since Agents of SHIELD's time travel alliances might have taken place in a different branch of the multiverse.
On a more mundane level, Agents of SHIELD was produced by Marvel Television, the now defunct production company that was also responsible for non-MCU shows like Legion, Cloak & Dagger and Helstrom - The status of the show in the official continuity was therefore somewhat ambiguous. In 2019, Marvel Television was merged with Marvel Studios, the entity responsible for films, sothat the new Disney Plus Marvel shows also fall under the remit of MCU Overlord Kevin Feige - and are all part of the larger MCU canon.
Does the beekeeper work for SWORD in WandaVision? (Image credit: Marvel / Disney)
Have we ever seen SWORD in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
We may have seen the origins of SWORD in the footage Spider-Man: Far From Home post-credits. After revealing that shapeshifter Skrull Talos has impersonated Nick Fury throughout the story, we see the real Fury enjoying a little R&R on an orbiting space station Many have speculatedthat we see the origins of SWORD - an organization that planet Earth arguably needs following multiple attacks by the Chitauri and Thanos.
A deleted scene from Thor: The Dark World also mentioned the agency, when Professor Erik Selvig spoke of cross-referencing "with the SWORD database" - although the scene is not in the final movie, this is not an MCU canon.
SWORD (and their leader, Abigail Brand) have also made non-canon appearances in numerous animated shows, including Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
Agents of SHIELD thought about introducing SWORD early in its run, but showrunner Jeffrey Bell told TV Line that, "We tried SWORD early [in the series] and we were shut down [by Marvel]. ”
have we seen SWORD in WandaVision?
SWORD makes its first appearance at the end of Episode 1 of WandaVision, when the camera steps out of Wanda's black and white sitcom world and reveals that someone is watching. TV show. The SWORD emblem appears on both a computer screen and a laptop on a desktop.
In Episode 2, the SWORD logo can be seen both on the side of the toy helicopter Wanda finds in her backyard and on the back of the mysterious Beekeeper coming out of a manhole in Westview.
In episode 3, Wanda confronts her neighbor, Geraldine, about the SWORD pendant she wears on her necklace.
Geraldine is kicked out of the sitcom world - are the agents around her from SWORD? (Image credit: Marvel / Disney)
What does SWORD mean in WandaVision?
This is one of the many questions in the series.
One thing that seems certain is that SWORD is somehow involved in the existence of Wanda and Vision's sitcom - if they try to save the couple, or (less likely) they are them who put them in a vintage television world in the first place. Either way, SWORD's presence suggests some sort of alien involvement.
We know Geraldine is played by Teyonah Parris, who was originally announced for the role of Monica Rambeau - the daughter of Captain Marvel's best friend, Maria. It seems likely that she's a SWORD agent sent beyond the giant force field we see in WandaVision episode 3 to figure out what's going on - maybe SWORD agentsuse subtle emblems like her collar to distinguish themselves from ordinary Westview residents. When Geraldine is forcibly kicked out of the sitcom world, she is instantly surrounded by (what we think are) government agents - possibly her fellow SWORD.
We also know that Jimmy Woo (played by Randall Park), the former SHIELD agent who is Scott Lang's FBI parole officer in Ant-Man, is part of the 'program. It is entirely plausible that he could have gotten a new job at SWORD in the meantime, and many have speculated that this is his voice on the radio in Episode 2 asking: “Wanda? Who's doing this to you, Wanda? (If it's a SWORD agent asking the question, that seems to rebut the suggestion that SWORD is responsible for his incarceration.)
As for the person in the beekeeper costume? Everyone guesses.
New episodes of WandaVision are availablenibles every Friday on Disney Plus.