A few months ago I wrote THIS ARTICLE, in which I pointed out the fact that during Tony Stark's vision where he saw the Avengers laid to waste on that space rock, there were others lying beaten beside them. While viewing Age of Ultron In theatres, it was incredibly difficult to see the identities of these individuals. I speculated that it was Captain Marvel, Black Panther, and even Winter Solider. I was wrong.
After viewing Age of Ultron on ITunes this past week, it's apparent these individuals are none of those characters I thought. Take a look.
These individuals appear to be some type of military team. They are all wearing uniformed body armor. It's also important to note that it appears to be a mix of species. There are a few obvious humans next to Hawkeye but then there appears to be a Xandarian to the left of Thor. Lastly next to Hulk is a being on his back which gives us some further ideas.
This being looks like some type of alien, through his helmet you can see his eyes and they do not look human. Now the big evidence from this being is the emblem on his arm. After a lot of research into the Marvel universe, I can say that the obvious answer is the most likely. I believe this emblem and this team is none other than S.W.O.R.D.
For the uninitiated, S.W.O.R.D. is the Sentient World Observation and Response Division. Essentially, S.W.O.R.D. is the space division of S.H.I.E.L.D. They keep an eye on potential cosmic threats from enemies such as the Kree and Skrulls. So as Thanos makes his move, one more force will rise to fight the mad Titan - S.W.O.R.D.