'Spider-Man: Far From Home' post-credits scene plausibly teased the formation of S.W.O.R.D.
If the MCU, as rumored, is more focused on taking a cosmic action route in phase 4, it makes sense to bring in S.W.O.R.D.
This article contains spoilers for 'Spider-Man: Far From Home'
In many ways, 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' comes as a soothing balm after a rather serious 'Avengers: Endgame'. The Tom Holland-starrer is the final movie of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's phase 3 and the story most definitely does its bit in setting up MCU's phase 4.
In this article, we'll be particularly talking about the post-credits scene in 'Far from Home'. It is revealed that Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) were in fact not Fury and Hill at all, rather they were the Skrull characters, a race of aliens with the ability to shapeshift. Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) and Soren (Sharon Blynn), the couple from 'Captain Marvel' impersonated the duo. We also find out that the real Fury is in space in an alien spaceship with the Skrulls.
One of the speculation points here is the possible tease of S.W.O.R.D. aka the Sentient World Observation and Response Department. Now, this could probably be the next level that Fury planned after S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division).
What is S.W.O.R.D.?
S.W.O.R.D. is a counter-terrorism and intelligence agency which deals with extraterrestrial threats to world security, and is a subdivision of the better known S.H.I.E.L.D. but appears to be largely autonomous of its parent organization. Since Fury's departure as director of S.H.I.E.L.D., relations between the two organizations have become strained.
S.H.I.E.L.D. was founded to protect the United States from all possible threats. The organization was set up by Nick Fury following his encounter with Captain Marvel. Over the course of the years, it dealt with enhanced individuals, dangerous advanced technology, and alien contact.
Last we heard of S.H.I.E.L.D., Steve Rogers aka Captain America, Sam Wilson aka The Falcon, Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow along with Fury and Hill take down the organization in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' after realizing it was taken over secretly by HYDRA. Fury, however, was not part of the re-formed S.H.I.E.L.D.
So is this what Nick Fury has been up to?
Possibly. The man was relatively a no-show for a major part in 'Avengers: Endgame'. Plus, the fact that he's been off the grid suggests he could have been working on something that could thwart threats like that of the Chiaturi and Thanos and the result of it was setting up S.W.O.R.D.
Fury's got some contacts by the way. He's witnessed the Skrulls' abilities first-hand when he traveled with Captain Marvel (Brie Larson as Carol Danvers) to outer space. So it does make sense that he reached out to them to help out.
If MCU, as rumored, is more focused on taking a cosmic action route in phase 4, it makes sense to bring in S.W.O.R.D. While 'Far from Home' didn't openly establish S.W.O.R.D, all signs point to the organization given that Fury has been already monitoring developments post 'Endgame'.
'Spider-Man: Far from Home' is running in theatres now.