WandaVision’s latest episode, “All-New Halloween Spooktacular,” may reveal which character SWORD really has his eye on.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for WandaVision Episode 6, “New Halloween Spooktacular!”, Now Airing on Disney +.
As WandaVision progresses, the motif of SWORD and its director Tyler Hayward becomes more mysterious. The Marvel Cinematic Universe agency has firmly set its sights on Wanda Maximoff, even sending high-class weaponry against her. But the latest episode of the Disney + series hints that Wanda is not the organization’s real target within the Westview anomaly.
In “All-New Halloween Spooktacular!”, Monica Rambeau, Agent Woo and Darcy Lewis are escorted from SWORD’s base, only to sneak back in hopes of entering New Jersey City. Darcy hacks into Hayward’s devices and makes a number of discoveries, including that Monica’s DNA has mutated due to her passages through “The Hex.” Hayward has also been tracking Vision, represented as a dot on a map of Westview.
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At first glance, Hayward’s choice to track down Vision over Wanda makes perfect sense. The disintegration signature of the vibranium that makes up the body of the synthezoid is a constant; on the contrary, Wanda seems to be in constant flux, capable of transforming the reality that surrounds her.
As harmless as it may be, it begs the question: Why does Hayward keep geographic targeting a secret from the rest of SWORD? It may have something to do with “Cataract,” a fact that Darcy also finds in the director’s files. Not much is known about the file, except that it is captioned “classified weapons information,” and Darcy sent it to Woo before leaving. But even looking at the name, things seem worrying. A cataract is a medical condition in which the eye becomes more cloudy, leading to vision.
We know SWOR.D. has had an interest in Vision even before the events of WandaVision. Wanda stole her body from the organization’s laboratory, where it appeared that it was being dismantled after her death in 2018. Avengers: Infinity War. Hayward has also mentioned Vision’s “living will,” in which he made it clear that his power will not fall into the hands of the wrong people. We also know that SWORD has moved away from its previous work on manned space missions, now focused on robotics, nanotechnology, and sensitive weapons.
Given the updated mission statement, it would make absolutely sense that SWORD wanted to use and weaponize Vision’s body. If Hayward is looking to attack and defend countless intergalactic threats, using cutting edge technology would be the best way to get ahead of the competition. But when Wanda came in and took her lover away for her own purpose, it ruined her plans. A wrench the size of a city that warps reality.
Hayward’s interest in the Westview anomaly, then, is not focused on Wanda. Rather, her intended target is on her bubbled husband. In that case, Wanda is not the person of interest, but simply an obstacle, someone who plays with SWORD’s new “toy”. It would explain why Hayward has been so aggressive in attacking her and ending the anomaly. And unfortunately, that may also mean that the lives and well-being of the townspeople of Westview, including some of its own agents, have no priority over Vision’s recovery.
Going back to Project Cataract, it’s also possible that Hayward could use Vision to exercise a last-minute “nuclear option.” If it gets to a point where Wanda and the Westview situation become untenable, SWORD needs to find a way to end the situation quickly. And providing a “Darkened Vision” when detonated may be the ticket to stopping Scarlet Witch in her tracks.
Vision’s living will stated that his immense power should not end up in the wrong hands. But SWORD’s intention may be that the synth will reign supreme in the stars again. And if that’s the case, those “wrong hands” might be none other than director Tyler Hayward’s.
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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