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WANDAVISION, from left: Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, (Season 1, premiered Jan. 15, 2021). photo: Disney+ / Courtesy Everett Collection

If you’ve tapped into the Marvel Cinematic Universe eventually this past years, you’ve likely heard of S.H.I.E.L.D., but we’ve got an entire brand-new acronym to focus on in WandaVision: S.W.O.R.D. Weaponry puns aside, what is S.W.O.R.D.? In the comics, it’s an organization that counters risks of the alien range– think S.H.I.E.L.D. in area. Let’s break down what exactly S.W.O.R.D. does and how it suits the Scarlet Witch’s story and the MCU– the first two episodes have actually certainly given us hints about it!

In the Marvel Comics, S.W.O.R.D. means Sentient World Observation and Reaction Department. Handling out-of-this-world scenarios, it’s a neighborhood of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division). S.W.O.R.D. is much more secretive than S.H.I.E.L.D. as it handles extraterrestrial risks– in reality, it’s fairly independent of its moms and dad organization. Its equivalent of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) is a half-human and half-alien commander named Abigail Brand. Brand and her group of aliens and human beings monitor extraterrestrial activity from a spaceport station in Earth’s orbit called The Peak.

S.W.O.R.D.’s signature cross sign appears on the toy helicopter and the beekeeper in episode two, however the first batch of episodes only hint at something being incorrect with Wanda. It’s important to note that the acronym stands for something a little different on WandaVision On Topps’ collectible card designs for the series, S.W.O.R.D. is really Sentient Weapon Observation Action Department.

Naturally, this alteration to the acronym doesn’t imply that we will not see aliens and area battles, or at least some entrance into them. One of the characters on WandaVision is a grown-up Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris), the child of Carol Danvers’ buddy Maria. (Remember, Captain Marvel takes place in the ’90 s!) Captain Marvel offers extensively with human and alien relations, so Monica’s story and S.W.O.R.D. may still introduce a new space-centric chapter of the MCU (that perhaps connects it to the X-Men). Parris really first appears as a friendly female named Geraldine in the second episode, though we wouldn’t be surprised if she’s on a covert mission of sorts.

No matter how extensively a function S.W.O.R.D. plays in WandaVision, it’s most likely that it will have a pivotal part in upcoming Marvel projects.

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