S.W.O.R.D. is an off-shoot of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the Marvel comic books, which stands for Sentient World Observation and Response Department. The agency is responsible for preventing alien threats. The Avengers director Joss Whedon actually created the S.W.O.R.D. organization in the Marvel comic book series. Abigail Brand is the leader of S.W.O.R.D., although it is not known how big her role is in The Avengers.
The Avengers is currently filming, with a release date set for May 4, 2012.
Marvel's The Avengers was released May 4th, 2012 and stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg. The film is directed by Joss Whedon.