WandaVision Episode 6 explains why acting SWORD director Tyler Hayward hates superheroes, and is related to his inability to stop Thanos.
WandaVision Episode 6 establishes why acting SWORD director Tyler Hayward hates superheroes. The first Marvel show on Disney + has continued the story of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in unexpected ways. The series takes place just a few weeks later Avengers Endgame and showed what it was like for those returning from Thanos’ snap. While exploring “The Blip” is one thing, the MCU has yet to really explore what the world was like for those who lived during the five years that half of the universe’s population disappeared.
A character in WandaVision who seemed to have a difficult time during those five years between Avengers: Infinity War Y Avengers Endgame is the acting director of SWORD. Hayward explained to Monica Rambeau in WandaVision that SWORD experienced some changes during that time, including the death of Monica’s mother and SWORD founder Maria Rambeau, as well as limiting their space missions. However, it wasn’t all bad for Hayward, as he received a promotion. It was under his supervision that Vision’s body was experimented on, leading Scarlet Witch to retrieve it and create the Westview anomaly.
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More recently, Hayward has started to show his true colors and his hatred for superheroes. He ordered a missile attack on Scarlet Witch in WandaVision episode 5, but it was in episode 6 that he explained why he doesn’t like her or any superheroes. During a heated exchange between Hayward and Monica Rambeau, the director of SWORD indicates that The Blip was quite difficult to navigate. He says she has no idea what it took to keep the lights on because she hadn’t been there, being one of the dusty ones herself. Hayward clearly resents the superheroes because of The Blip, blaming them for the chaos of the past five years as they failed to stop Thanos.
While Hayward’s hatred for superheroes might not be entirely well placed, as they were the ones who brought everyone back, after all, he’s probably not the only one feeling that way. As WandaVision It’s already gone back to the time The Blip happened, the show could go back even further. This could be an opportunity to show what the world was like after Thanos’ snap and explain if something happened to Hayward’s life, in particular, to make him feel that way. It would be an interesting parallel with Wanda to know that a traumatic event in her life triggered her hatred, as that is essentially what led to Wanda Maximoff becoming the Scarlet Witch and creating Westview.
Hayward hating superheroes could have major implications for SWORD’s current priorities and plans for the future. WandaVision You’ve already seen Monica comment that SWORD was in the business of observing sensitive weapons in the past, not creating them as they seem to be doing now. Hayward’s hatred of superheroes could mean that SWORD is focused on creating weapons to protect Earth and even fighting superheroes that get in his way. There are already theories that the organization could be behind creating the MCU version of the X-Men villains, the Sentinels, and that could be the tip of the iceberg in terms of what Hayward and SWORD have planned. WandaVision Viewers may need to prepare for SWORD to be the villain thanks to Hayward.
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