Warning: This post will contain spoilers for Spider-Man: Far From Home. If you’ve not seen the movie yet, come back to it later!
In the post-credits scene of Spider-Man: Far From Home, we learn something shocking about Nick Fury. He wasn’t actually on Earth during the movie, instead he’s in space on a mission with the Skrulls. After being interrupted from his relaxing, Fury claps his hands and tells everyone to “get back to work”, it appears as if his mission is overseeing something in space.
Comic fans might recognize this as something familiar from the comics, as Nick Fury’s on a mission with the friendly Skrulls and they could be creating a space-based defense against a future threat like Thanos. This could be the creation of S.W.O.R.D. and its orbiting space station The Peak:
Created by Joss Whedon during his run on Astonishing X-Men in the early 2000s, S.W.O.R.D. was basically the outer space version of S.H.I.E.L.D.. If it really is what Nick Fury is overseeing the formation of with the Skrulls, this would make this the first official hint at any of the Fox properties that Marvel Studios now has access too.
Marvel fans have wanted to see S.W.O.R.D. in the MCU for a long time, and there were even rumors a couple years ago of it popping up in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. due to the Whedon connection and the series heading into space, but at the time that wasn’t possible as it was something Marvel didn’t have access to. Now with the Fox purchase, it’s just one of countless things that Marvel Studios can now use to flesh out the MCU even more.
Having S.W.O.R.D. in the MCU could also be a way to bring in Monica Rambeau into the modern setting, as well as a springboard for bigger things like a potential on-screen version of The Ultimates.