Tyler Hayward is a former high-ranking S.W.O.R.D. operative. A hardened survivor of the Snap, he was promoted to Director after Maria Rambeau's death. In his tenure, Hayward focused S.W.O.R.D.'s efforts from their extraterrestrial operations onto robotics, nanotechnologies and artificial intelligence. In 2023, Hayward's main project, known as Cataract, revolved around rebuilding Vision as a sentient weapon. To this end, Hayward urged Monica Rambeau to investigate the mysterious energy field surrounding the town of Westview, which was under Wanda Maximoff's control. Having acquired several traces of Maximoff's magic to resurrect Vision, Hayward intended to have Maximoff and her family killed to cover up the Westview Anomaly. However, his plans were foiled by Jimmy Woo and Darcy Lewis, and he was subsequently arrested by the FBI.
- 1 Biography
- 1.1 Director of S.W.O.R.D.
- 1.2 Project Cataract
- 2 Personality
- 3 Abilities
- 4 Equipment
- 5 Facilities
- 6 Relationships
- 7 Appearances
- 8 Behind the Scenes
- 9 References
Director of S.W.O.R.D.
Tyler Hayward was an agent of S.W.O.R.D. for years, working with S.W.O.R.D. Director Maria Rambeau and her daughter Monica until she, alongside many others, was killed in the Snap. Hayward was among those that had survived, as was Maria, who provided guidelines on how to proceed if those killed in the Snap were to ever return. In 2020, Maria died of complications with cancer, leaving Hayward the Acting Director in her place. During his time as director, he shifted the focus of the organization from focusing on the extraterrestrial to instead developing robotics, nanotechnology, and artificial intelligence.
Encountering Wanda Maximoff
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Monica Rambeau's Return
In 2023, the Avengers reversed the Snap, reviving the trillions killed, including Monica Rambeau. In the weeks that followed, Hayward watched over S.W.O.R.D.'s investigation into a town called Westview that had been subject to an anomaly. When Rambeau returned to S.W.O.R.D. Headquarters to continue her work for the organization, Hayward informed her that, as part of the guidelines Maria Rambeau devised on how to handle vanished personnel, her mother had ordered that she not participate in extraterrestrial missions. Hayward then sent Rambeau to investigate the Westview anomaly.
Following Monica Rambeau getting sucked inside of the Westview Anomaly, Hayward arrived at the S.W.O.R.D. Response Base to lead the investigation. Hayward led a manned expedition into Westview, selecting Agent Franklin to go through the sewer system and emerge in the town in search for Rambeau. Jimmy Woo voiced his concerns about the operation, but Hayward dismissed them.
Suddenly, they overheard laughter, which came from a television broadcast, originating from inside the energy field, and was being watched by Darcy Lewis. They noticed that the broadcast featured Wanda Maximoff and Vision in a 50's sitcom, much to their confusion, especially as Vision was dead. Hayward questioned Lewis about the nature of this sudden broadcast, to which she explained that she detected a high level of CMBR entwined with a broadcast frequency coming off the energy field. When Hayward realized this was the same radiation used in the Big Bang, he ordered his agents to analyze the broadcast.
Hayward escorted Monica Rambeau into the S.W.O.R.D. base, where Hayward would ask her what it was like being under Maximoff's control. Rambeau would describe it as excruciating and terrifying, and that it felt like drowning. Hayward then left to give the agents a debriefing on the situation, with Rambeau, Darcy Lewis, and Jimmy Woo arriving shortly after. Hayward explained the scenario, saying that while Wanda Maximoff was initially believed to be a victim of the anomaly, she was actually the cause. After Woo gave some backstory on Maximoff, Hayward would point out her involvement in the Lagos Catastrophe and the Clash of the Avengers in Germany, as well as the fact that she initially worked with HYDRA and Ultron against the Avengers. Rambeau would defend Maximoff, to which Hayward would recall her description of being under her control. Hayward would continue to argue with Rambeau over Maximoff's motives, until Hayward showed everyone footage he recently got permission to share of Maximoff visiting the S.W.O.R.D. Headquarters, manipulating it to look like she broke in and stole the Vision's corpse. Hayward then dismissed everyone, ordering them to work the problem.
Confrontation with Wanda Maximoff
Hayward ordered that a S.W.O.R.D. Drone be sent into Westview, with a missile embedded inside of it to kill Wanda Maximoff. While the Drone was being controlled by Monica Rambeau, she had used the drone's speaker to communicate with Maximoff, insisting that they only wanted to talk, unaware that the drone contained within it a missile. Hayward would watch a screen displaying the drone's camera's view as Maximoff's eyes glowed red, at which point Hayward ordered a nearby agent to take the shot, but before they could the drone would lose connection. The agent had then informed Hayward that the base had been breached.
Hayward, Rambeau, and a team of armed S.W.O.R.D. agents arrived at the edge of the Westview Anomaly, where they watched on as Maximoff emerged from the anomaly, holding the deactivated S.W.O.R.D. Drone in her hand.
Maximoff threw the Drone at the agents, angrily asking if it was theirs. Hayward explained that the missile in the drone was just a precaution, saying that she could not blame them for it given her recent actions. Maximoff told Hayward that this would be their only warning and to leave her alone. However, Hayward refused, saying she had taken an entire town hostage. While Rambeau failed to negotiate with her, Maximoff had then used her powers to make the S.W.O.R.D. agents aim their weapons at Hayward, before re-entering Westview, as Hayward desperately ordered his men to stand down. Upon her departure, the agents regained their senses and put their weapons down.
Reprimanding Monica Rambeau
Returning to base having ordered a full analysis of the dismantled drone, Hayward's actions to send the drone were chastised by Monica Rambeau. Furthermore, Darcy Lewis snarkily mocked Hayward upon his arrival as a result of Wanda Maximoff controlling his men to aim at him. Annoyed with the both of them, Hayward began diminishing her and Rambeau, only to be countered by Jimmy Woo. Hayward attempted to justify his actions as necessary, believing Maximoff could not be reasoned with, and killing her would have been the most sufficient course of action.
Rambeau protested Hayward's logic, explaining that their limited knowledge of the Hex would lead to unpredictable consequences, and provoking her was only going to make the situation worse. Hayward dismissed Rambeau's optimism of a mutual agreement between S.W.O.R.D. and Maximoff, arguing her bias with super-powered peoples such as Captain Marvel, and her naïveté as a result of being a victim of the Snap had hindered mission progress. When Rambeau called out Hayward's actions as cowardly, Hayward reprimanded her, reminding her of Maria Rambeau's death, and ordered his agents to escort Rambeau, Woo and Lewis off base grounds.
Expansion of the Hex
- "Come in, anyone read me? Anyone hear my voice? Does anyone read me? Does anyone read me, over?"
- ―Tyler Hayward[src]
Unbeknownst to Hayward, his private database, including confidential information on Cataract, was being searched through by Darcy Lewis. Hayward was alerted of another breach in the Hex, this time from Vision himself, who was curious as to what was beyond the Hex's boundaries. Hayward watched as Vision helplessly struggled to stand up, slowly beginning to disintegrate and being sucked back into the Hex.
When Billy Maximoff informed Wanda Maximoff that Vision was in danger, she slowly expanded the Hex to save him from death. Hayward could only watch as this phenomenon was occuring in front of his eyes, before realizing he was in imminent danger as well. Hayward signaled all of his agents to evacuate, and sped off in an SUV with Rodriguez. As S.W.O.R.D. agents were being enveloped into the Hex, Hayward barely managed to escape the expanding border, desperately reaching out for any active S.W.O.R.D. units.
Stationed outside Westview, Hayward and his team discovered the energy from the Westview Anomaly was compatible with Vision's body, and repurposed the S.W.O.R.D. Drone that went in the anomaly for Vision, successfully reactivating him after numerous failed attempts, as Hayward looked at the White Vision as he awoke.
Final Standoff and Arrest
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Hayward is a well-meaning yet immoral individual. Although he seeks to do the right thing and to protect humanity, he often takes extreme measures to achieve his goals. This is exhibited when he sent an armed drone to kill Wanda Maximoff in order to try and free Westview from her powers. He is also accusatory and hasty, immediately blaming Maximoff for the catastrophes at Lagos and Germany and explicitly pointing out her past as an enemy of the Avengers despite Jimmy Woo's explanation that she was misguided and now an official member of the Avengers.
Hayward is shown to twist events to fit his own agenda, such as painting Wanda as a terrorist, and calling her and her brother radical, oversimplifying their motives to join HYDRA. While playing security footage of Wanda storming S.W.O.R.D. Headquarters to see the Vision's remains, he claimed she stole his body, when in actuality the grief-stricken Wanda departed the base without resorting to violence and leaving Vision's body at the base. When Vision was being disintegrated after leaving the Hex, Hayward stood and watched without providing any help as he was dying.
Hayward exhibited heightened aggression towards super-powered individuals and anyone who would defend them. When planning to resurrect the Vision and turn him into a living weapon, Hayward was inexorable and was ready to fire three of his agents, including long-time friend and colleague Monica Rambeau, just for objecting to their order to kill Wanda Maximoff. During the confrontation in Westview, Hayward did not hesitate to shoot at Billy and Tommy Maximoff, Wanda's children who had disarmed his troops.
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- Handgun: Hayward used a handgun to shoot at Tommy and Billy Maximoff during the battle of Westview.
- S.W.O.R.D. Drone: Hayward used a Stark Industries drone to fly into Westview and fire at Wanda Maximoff. After Wanda disarmed it, she brought it out of Westview and threw it back at Hayward. Afterwards, his agents used the drone to power White Vision.
- Humvee: Hayward drove a Humvee into Westview and to the town square. His Humvee was later damaged by Darcy Lewis driving a food truck.
- S.W.O.R.D. Headquarters: Hayward was hired under Maria Rambeau and after her death, was promoted Acting Director. He had his own office and commanded from the Headquarters.
- S.W.O.R.D. Response Base: Hayward and his agents set up the response base outside of Westview in order to investigate the Westview Anomaly.
- S.W.O.R.D. Retreat Base: After the expansion of the Hex, Hayward and his agents set up a new retreat base a couple of miles away.
Behind the Scenes
- Upon signing on to play Tyler Hayward in WandaVision, Josh Stamberg requested Marvel Studios to not kill off his character, having interest in reprising his role in the future.
- Remington Steele was a stunt double for Josh Stamberg in the role of Tyler Hayward.