It actually wouldn’t be entirely outrageous or illogical for Fury to take a stance against the threat of Scarlet Witch. Quite apart from his being snapped away by Thanos, Fury was at the forefront of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s project to secretly build weapons after the invasion of Earth by Thor and the Destroyer. He and Tony Stark shared a goal of protecting Earth no matter the cost. Even knowing the Avengers layer was no guarantee his prime goal had shifted: their very manifesto was an extension of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s weapon program. So his being involved in S.W.O.R.D. fits somewhat, but the idea of him stealing the corpse of Vision to reanimate him and seeking to wipe out Scarlet Witch is far beyond that logic. It takes everything established in Fury’s arc and twists it into typical villain territory.
Hayward might have ideals that were borne out of his traumatic Avengers: Endgame experience but his use of those ideals is what makes him a bad guy. He is a Thanos or Zemo-type villain, using the excuse of his own personal trauma as justification for an unambiguously evil agenda. To suggest – even accidentally – that Fury is like him or working with him is a huge disservice to the long-established character. Whether Fury is involved actively with S.W.O.R.D. or not remains to be confirmed, but the suggested alliance is enough to have thrown Fury’s current MCU role into doubt. Secret Invasion will no doubt clarify his position but for now, the introduction of the apparently different factions of S.W.O.R.D. is a welcome solution for those watching who may have read the signs in WandaVision and the hint in Far From Home‘s post-credits as an indication that Fury had lost his way.
Originally from https://screenrant.com/wandavision-sword-plothole-nick-fury-villains-hayward-goodner/