The introduction of SWORD to the Marvel Cinematic Universe opens up a galaxy of storytelling possibilities. From what we know so far, SWORD was at least partially “built from the ground up” by Maria Rambeau, likely after she was inspired by all of the extraterrestrial weirdness she witnessed firsthand in Captain Marvel. Her daughter Monica was a rising star in the organization, having already achieved the rank of Captain, before she was lost in “the blip.”
While SHIELD was very much a government organization focused primarily on terrestrial threats, SWORD looks beyond the boundaries of our planet, with an eye on keeping Earth safe from the next Thanos-level cosmic threat. That’s about all we know so far, but Monica and the mysterious SWORD director Hayward discuss a nascent “astronaut training program” that SWORD is developing. Apparently it isn’t going well, with participants either washing out or losing their nerve before they can complete the program.
The original Fantastic Four origin story by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Ben Grimm, and Johnny Storm were presented as not just astronauts, but astronauts willing to take the biggest possible risks in order to get into space. Why? Well, it was the height of the Cold War, and the only way the foursome could make sure that it would be good old-fashioned red blooded Americans who beat the commies in the space race was to steal an experimental rocket and pilot it themselves.
There’s a mysterious rocket being built in the background during Monica and Director Hayward’s little chat, as well. Maybe whatever is under construction here is what will end up taking the team into space. Perhaps they’ll be going up because they truly are the best and bravest that the MCU has to offer. Or maybe they’ll be a group of scientists who don’t trust Hayward’s motives and steal the rocket to make sure whatever data it collects is put to good use. In any case, don’t be surprised if the first time we meet Reed Richards in the MCU he’s working for SWORD.
SWORD appears to have an official color scheme of blue, black, and white. You can see it pretty much everywhere in SWORD HQ. That’s pretty Fantastic Four friendly to begin with.