How WandaVision Has Paved A New Road For Jimmy Woo

Disney+ released their TV show, WandaVision a month ago and it has taken over the media, especially Jimmy Woo

WandaVision has been one of the most anticipated shows on all TV and streaming services in the past year. Marvel fans were excited to see Wanda Maximoff, also known as Scarlet Witch in the comics and one of the most powerful characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, receive her own show. 

Fans were also excited to see the return from Paul Bettany's character, Vision, who had been killed in the 2018 movie Avengers; Infinity War. However, these two characters have taken a back seat to the fan-favorite character introduced in episode 4, "We Interrupt This Program." 

FBI agent, Jimmy Woo, played by actor Randall Park was introduced into the show in its fourth episode. Instantly recognizable to any fan of the MCU, which caused fans to take to social media sparking a Jimmy Woo craze across the internet.

However, this is not the first time he has appeared in a Marvel medium. Initially introduced in the comic books, Park's character made his first appearance in the MCU in Ant-Man and the Wasp in 2018.

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Woo had become a fan favorite from his appearance in the film for his amusement with a basic card trick, lackluster attempts to stop the heroes from saving the day, and his awkwardness with Scott Lang, the man under his watch and said protagonist of Ant-Man and the Wasp. 

After his popularity spiked after the release of that movie, it was only a matter of time before we got another load of Jimmy Woo, and man, people have jumped on the Jimmy Woo hype train. 

For those who don't know, WandaVision takes place after Avengers Endgame and is the first of many Disney+ exclusive shows released by Disney that takes place inside the continuity of the MCU. The show appears to be a sit-com, with each episode taking place during a different setting in time. 

The show itself is set in Westview, New Jersey, during multiple time periods. Those being the 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 2000s, in that order. The reason Woo is involved is that there was an extreme amount of missing person cases from Westview, so naturally, the FBI is sent there to investigate along with S.W.O.R.D, an agency known in the MCU.

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This is where Woo is introduced in the show, with some major character development shown from the last time we saw him in 2018. As previously mentioned, when Woo first appeared within the MCU, he was found to be easily amused with Scott Lang's card tricks and even asked him, "How'd you do that, Scott?" 

As Woo introduces himself to S.W.O.R.D's captain, he uses the same close-up magic trick that once baffled him to give out his identification card. WandaVision has been a hit so far through its first seven episodes, but many fans have taken quite the liking to the FBI agent. 

Woo has been everywhere on social media, being featured in hashtags on Twitter and becoming a trend all over TikTok. On TikTok, the hashtag #JimmyWoo has accumulated almost 100 million views across the entire platform. There is an entire sound dedicated to the man on TikTok. 

The sound is titled "SIKEE Woo Wednesday Edition" has been used a total number of 8979 times, and that number is growing each time you refresh the page. There are even countless videos about Jimmy Woo not attached to this sound, making the number go up even more. The videos are about people watching other movies and TV shows because they like them, only to have a clip appear of none other than Randall Park playing a character in said show or movie. 

These videos contain Park's appearances in many TV shows and movies. On IMDB, he has 153 acting credits to his name, which means there is a vast amount of films and TV shows to pick from. Some of the more popular ones are The Office, ICarly, Fresh Off the Boat, and The Interview

He normally remains to stay in small-character roles and one-time characters. With WandaVision and Jimmy Woo, this is not his first time being brought into the spotlight. He had played the role of "Asian Jim Halpert" in The Office.

Despite being a one-time character for a cold open, his appearance has since become a long-running joke amongst fans of the show. Stating that whenever they see Park in another show, movie, or commercial, they joke about him being Jim. 

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His role in The Interview was a bit more controversial, however. Playing the infamous North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un. He received death threats from North Koreans for his portrayal of the leader. Despite that, he has kept up his appearances in his films and TV shows. Jimmy Woo has been his latest character to jump into the spotlight.

Being a normal person inside the MCU is a hard thing to comprehend sometimes. Having people flying around and being capable of destroying buildings. Well, that is exactly what Jimmy Woo is. A normal, loveable FBI agent who loves his job. 

This movement has created quite the stir, so much so that it has reached Disney's higher-ups. Director Stephen Ford initially pitched the idea to the general public in a tweet that he released on January 30th. 

His idea is based on the TV show X-Files. The idea of the show is just based around Jimmy Woo going across the country solving weird cases within the MCU. "A fun X-Files," as Ford put it. 

His idea has gained a massive following, even with some people creating mock art of Jimmy Woo. Ford's tweet gain so much attention that he wrote the entire show's pitch in one weekend, finishing on February 9th, only taking 48 hours to write it.

He has documented his whole process on his Twitter account for all to see and has since tweeted at the President of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige. He had told Fiege that he had finished the pitch and asked him if he had some time to chat. He has last updated his Twitter account three days ago, on February 17th, and he has not been able to provide any details for the show's process and if he got a meeting with Marvel. 

The replies to Ford's tweets about the show have been filled with nothing but excited comments from fans, along with many different fan arts and cover ideas for the potential TV show. WandaVision still has two episodes left before the season ends, so we might still have some great Jimmy Woo moments in the next two weeks. 

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Jimmy Woo has become a cultural sensation over the past month, and it is paving a new road for Jimmy Woo's character across the MCU. It looks like we might be seeing a lot more Jimmy Woo moving forward, and fans are not complaining. 

How much Jimmy Woo will the fans get moving forward? Well, we're not totally sure, but we should have our fingers crossed in hopes that Stephen Ford's show is actually pitched to Kevin Feige. It's not just the MCU anymore; it's the MCWoo. The Jimmy Woo hype is real and it's his world, and we are all just living in it.

Curry College Student. An aspiring writer, journalist, and knowledgable TV and Movie fan.

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