‘WandaVision’ Will Reveal What Nick Fury Has Really Been Up to In Space

When audiences saw Spider-Man: Far From Home, the end credits made audiences speak very much like Nick Fury. That is, they said a phrase Fury would say a lot of Marvel movies allowed saltier language. It’s abbreviated WTF. 

Even seasoned fans didn’t know what to make of the ending, which pulled the rug out from what we just saw. For months now, people have been wondering when we would find out what that meant, and now it looks like we have our answer. It’ll come in 2021 when we see WandaVision on Disney+. 

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What happened in that end credits scene?

Marvel usually has two end-credits scenes: One after the main credits, and the other at the very end. That first kind has a major plot detail that will lead directly into a future movie. In Far From Home‘s case, that was the revelation that Spider-Man’s secret identity was no longer secret, thanks to Mysterio and J. Jonah Jameson. That was a bombshell by itself. 

The other end credit scene, after that giant list of names is usually short and often a throwaway gag. The ultimate example of that was the shawarma feast at the end of The Avengers. Sometimes, though, the end credits scene is important, and it was in Far From Home. We learned that Fury and Hill were not Fury and Hill, but Skrulls posing as them on Fury’s orders. We saw that the real Fury seemed to be giving these orders from a space station. 

Again, WTF? Why is he there? What’s with the ruse? The answer is that Fury is wielding a SWORD instead of a SHIELD. 

What is SWORD?

SHIELD, which stands for Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division is kind of the comic book version of Homeland Security. That agency had brought together the Avengers but it turned out the enemy agency Hydra had been infiltrating it for years. Now there’s another agency called SWORD, which stands for Sentient World Observation and Response Department.

As a fan on Reddit put it, “SHIELD Earth Based. SWORD Space and beyond.” 

Screen Rant pointed to set photos showing Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch and Teyonah Parris as adult Monica Rambeau, who is the daughter of Maria Rambeau, Captain Marvel’s best friend. It may seem strange to meet Monica as an adult, but one has to remember that Captain Marvel took place in the 90s, so Monica would be in her 20s now. Whatever the timeline, this is like the MCU hitting the reset button and starting again with new heroes supervised by a new agency. 

The MCU depends on ‘WandaVision?’

For a show that no one seems to know how to explain, it’s becoming more and more apparent that this odd hybrid of 50s TV, illusions and heroics holds the keys to Marvel’s future. The old Avengers made Marvel global, while the new heroes like the Eternals are more about the whole universe. Marvel started building toward this with Captain Marvel, and WandaVision is just another stepping stone. 

But a stepping stone to what? OK, so SHIELD becomes SWORD, but what does that have to do with Wanda and Vision, and why does the official art for the show stick them in what looks like a very strange episode of Father Knows Best?

All will become known by 2021, but for now, one fan on Reddit guesses that SWORD is “investigating Wanda’s mysterious disappearance when they get sucked into the pocket dimension she created for herself.”  Whatever the case, another fan summed it up well when he wrote, “This show just seems like it’s getting more wild every single day.”