WandaVision | What is the EPEE? What does this mean for the future of the MCU?

The sixth episode of WandaVision is out now on Disney +, and as you may have noticed, SWORD or SWORD is a fundamental part of the plot of the series. In WandaVision, the acronym stands for Oversight, Research, Assessment and Armed Defense Team and functions as a type of SHIELD focused on space issues. It was founded by Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch), likely because of the events seen in Captain Marvel (2019), and went through some turbulent times with Thanos (Josh Brolin) snapping his fingers in 2018, which led to Tyler Hayward (Josh Stamberg) as the agency’s interim director.

By the hierarchy, Monica would be the director after the death of Maria Rambeau. However, as he was “blipped”, Tyler Hayward took over the agency.

The agency’s beginnings in comics are relatively recent. It was in 2004, when screenwriter – and lesser-liked director – Joss Whedon wrote the X-Men comics. On the pages, the agency is also a type of SHIELD space, but with a lot of autonomy and a good relationship with Nick Fury. Unlike the series, the leader of ESPADA is the official Abigail brand, which has the iconic look of green hair to match the uniform. She inherited the mutant X gene from her mother and her “space inheritance” came from her father, who was an alien. Heavy bar, Abigail is able to generate energy capable of melting metals with her own hands, and thanks to her differentiated language, she is able to speak multiple extraterrestrial languages. And since the character and agency’s debut took place in an X-Men comic book, you had to expect them to have some kind of connection. In addition to the story involving the mother, Abigail has a spy on Professor Xavier’s team: the Lockheed dragon.

And the SWORD has a direct influence on the Secret Invasion Saga, which takes place right after the Civil War and deals with the invasion of the Skrulls, the transmorphic alien race that appears in Captain Marvel and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019). ). In this plot, they claim Earth as their planet, citing practically religious motives. The little blue planet would be a kind of promised land for them. However, before the attack itself, they had already introduced several Skrulls into strategic positions of power, including among the superheroes. Then when the SWORD has been defeated, by destroying its space headquarters – known as The Peak – Earth is left unprotected and they begin their invasion. It’s a phase of great tension because you don’t know who to trust, because anyone can be a Skrull. But why is it important to talk about it? Because Marvel Studios CEO Kevin Feige has confirmed that a series based on the saga is in production and will star Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Mendelsohn, Nick Fury and Talos, respectively.

With the agency’s introduction to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which many believe has already occurred in the post-credits scene of Spider-Man: Far From Home, in which Nick Fury of Earth is actually the Talos Skrull, while the real Nick is in space, the Secret Invasion is already underway. ESPADA’s participation in WandaVision is fundamental to the development of this universe as it already introduces some of the agency’s activities both on Earth and in space, in addition to flirting with the discovery of powers by Monica Rambeau ( Teyonah Parris), who could end the series as the superheroine Photon. He had, of course, been linked to Captain Marvel (Brie Larson). In other words, WandaVision is proving to be an increasingly important series for understanding what’s going to happen at Marvel in the future.

Many were surprised when it was revealed that Nick Fury had been in space the entire time.


Despite director Tyler Hayward’s (Josh Stamberg) stance, some fans suspect he may in fact be one of the show’s antagonists. This is because there was a character named Brian Hayward (Paul Lacovara) in the completed Agents of SHIELD series who turned out to be an agent for HYDRA while trying to strike a blow at the agency that gave his name. to the series. He even mentions that he has a sister, but does not mention any other relatives. According to fan theory, the two characters have some sort of kinship and involvement, which leads Tyler to end WandaVision dead or imprisoned, giving Monica or Abigail the option to take over the board of SWORD a once and for all.

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