In the latest episode of WandaVision, “In a very special episode …”, the series hides a connection between SWORD and Iron Man.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for WandaVision Episode 5, “In a very special episode …”, now broadcast on Disney +.
During the first three episodes of WandaVision, the Sentient Weapon Observation Response Division, also known as SWORD, was a background presence in the midst of reality inspired by Wanda’s comedy. However, “We Disrupt This Show” eventually brought fans to the outside world to introduce this new organization and reveal how it came to monitor the situation in Westview.
At this point, SWORD remains a mystery, but luckily, By WandaVision The latest episode features a subtle Easter egg that makes a connection between the organization and Iron Man himself, Tony Stark.
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In “In A Very Special Episode …”, Monica Rambeau remotely pilots an old drone that is sent through the Westview barrier. While this drone is meant for observation only, Acting Director Tyler Hayward hijacks the mission and orders another operator to take out Wanda with a missile. Unfortunately for Hayward, her plan fails, and Wanda leaves Westview, abandoning all the pretensions of her life in the sitcom to prove that she is in control. She throws the drone at SWORD, and when it lands on the ground, it is revealed that it is marked with the Stark Industries logo.
It’s easy to miss, but fans will instantly recognize the logo like the one that debuted in 2008. Iron Man. During the first three phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Tony Stark was essentially one of the central figures in this entire tapestry, and his presence has been felt in one form or another in many films, since The incredible Hulk to Spider-Man: Far From Home. And while the character died in Avengers Endgame, continues to have a presence in the MCU through WandaVision.
This new Easter Egg indicates that Stark Industries has previously supplied SWORD with technology. Given that the drone is an older model, it is unclear whether the company is still supplying the agency with new technology and machinery. However, since SWORD now specializes in sensitive weapons, it is definitely possible. After all, Spider-Man: Far From Home showed that before his passing, Tony had created a defense system called EDITH, which was made up of hundreds of drones that could be sent anywhere in the world. These may not be the same drones, but they are definitely made by the same company.
The presence of this Easter egg is a fun wink for fans, but it can also have a deeper meaning. The first episode of WandaVision featured an in-universe commercial that referenced Stark Industries, and now, the company makes another appearance. Perhaps the next few episodes will include other nods to the company, which will only show that although Tony is gone, he is not done influencing the universe in which he participated in the construction.
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 like Agnes. New episodes airing Fridays on Disney +.
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