Josh Stamberg’s Tyler Hayward was one of the highlights of WandaVision as evidenced by the growing fan theories about his character. From being a version of Ultron all the way to a Skrull, there was no shortage of theories about the villain during the two-month run of the show, but unfortunately, those speculations didn’t pan out.
Josh Stamberg, who played SWORD Director Tyler Hayward on WandaVision, recently spoke with Entertainment Tonight to talk about the recently-concluded Marvel series.
The veteran actor opened up by recalling fan reactions towards his character, revealing that it was “oddly pleasing” for him to read about it on social media “because it means it worked.”
On a separate note, Stamberg shared the behind-the-scenes story of his casting as the SWORD director, pointing out that one of the questions that he asked Marvel was “What can we do to keep him from just being mustache twirly?” while also admitting that he liked the idea that Hayward had “some likability early on:”
What can we do to keep him from just being mustache twirly? And I liked that, at least for an episode and a half, there got to be some quote-unquote charm or some likability before it sort of descends into this guy who’s so hungry to run the universe
However, the fact that Stamberg is willing to return in a future MCU project is already a good sign, and this could signal that Hayward’s story is far from over. In a way, it makes narrative sense for a potential comeback for the former SWORD director considering that White Vision is still loose somewhere