WARNING: The following contains spoilers for WandaVision Episode 5., “In a very special episode …”, now broadcast on Disney +.
In Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos ripped the Mind Stone from Vision’s head, killing him; However, what happened to his body was a mystery until WandaVision Episode 5, “In a very special episode …” between Infinity war Y WandaVision, SWORD took possession of Vision’s corpse, and this may explain the sudden change in the organization’s mission.
After Monica Rambeau returns to work on Episode 4, “We Disrupt This Show,” she is reintroduced to SWORD by new director Tyler Hayward. Although Monica grew up with SWORD, a lot has changed with the organization in light of Snap and Blip. Although officially called the Sentient Weapons Observation and Response Division, it appears that SWORD is taking a more active role in manufacturing its own sensitive weapons.
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“The program hasn’t been the same since you were there Rambeau,” Hayward says as he leads her through the SWORD base. “He moved away from manned missions and returned to focus on robotics, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence. Sensitive weapons, as it says on the door.”
This makes sense after the Snap. Prior to Infinity war The Avengers dealt with some alien threats, such as Loki and the Chitauri, but most of these incidents were limited to a singular location, such as New York. Furthermore, while these attacks resulted in collateral damage, injury and death, compared to the events of Infinity war these were minor. Half of the Earth’s population was wiped out within minutes thanks to Thanos, and the chaos that followed caused further damage.
SWORD could no longer be passive, so the organization decided not to be just a response team. Now, it is actively trying to get ahead of other threats in the world by creating its own sensitive weapons. Prior to Infinity war, one of the best sentient weapons the Earth had was Vision, even though he was convinced not to be used as a weapon, as seen in his will. Because of this, in theory, Vision became the best resource for SWORD, and the organization was able to examine it to better develop its own sensitive weapons.
As seen in Episode 5, when Wanda flies in to steal Vision, the syntezoid’s body is dissected into pieces and several scientists are busy at work. Thanos only damaged his head when he took the Mind Stone, and it seems unlikely that the Avengers would do such a thing to a fellow hero. However, SWORD, especially given its new purpose, seems like the kind of organization that would do just this, so when SWORD somehow obtained Vision’s body, it is highly likely that the organization’s scientists would disarm it to develop new weapons. and more efficient.
While he wants to actively protect humanity, Vision’s abilities make him a powerful weapon, as he was able to defeat Ultron at the end of The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Vision-based sentient weapons might be Earth’s best offense and defense, especially since human heroes failed against a villain like Thanos the first time, and in the face of powerful celestial objects like the Infinity Stones, humans proved to be easily expendable.
Sensitive weapons reduce the chance of human error and casualties. Also, as Hayward points out, many of his staff “lost their nerve” after the events of Infinity war Y Avengers EndgameBut the chances of a sensitive weapon quitting its job are much lower. Also, sensitive weapons are theoretically more efficient than human heroes, being able to understand the probability of a situation in a matter of seconds.
AI also carries its own risks, as seen in Ultron age when Ultron goes against his creators and tries to destroy humanity to protect Earth. Advanced technology could also be hijacked by diabolical forces, as Hydra did with Project Insight in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. further, AI could also develop emotions and desires, and these qualities make them more prone to errors, as with Vision in Captain America: Civil War.
Despite these clear risks, SWORD probably believes that the pros outweigh the cons. While human agents and AI are flawed, sensitive weapons are easier to control, more efficient, and can be rebuilt if destroyed in battle. Humans, on the other hand, are often unpredictable, weaker and less powerful, especially in the face of celestial threats. Earth can’t afford another Snap, so SWORD is looking for the best plan of action, and Vision may have the answers the organization is looking for, even if it’s at the cost of their dying wish.
Written by Jac Schaeffer and directed by Matt Shakman, WandaVision stars Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch, Paul Bettany as Vision, Randall Park as Agent Jimmy Woo, Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis, Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau, and Kathryn Hahn as Agnes. New episodes airing Fridays on Disney +.
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