The latest episode of WandaVision offers a hint about what the straight-laced FBI agent Jimmy Woo has been up to since his last MCU appearance.
The latest episode of WandaVision, “We Interrupt This Program,” saw a shake-up of format and perspective as audiences were thrust out of the bizarre sitcom reality and reintroduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe proper. As S.W.O.R.D.’s investigation into the strange happenings in Westview is explored, many pre-existing characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe are reintroduced. Kat Dennings’ Darcy Lewis (now a doctor specializing in astrophysics) makes a welcome comeback, as well as S.W.O.R.D. agent Monica Rambeau, who has been trapped in Westview for the past three episodes.
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As Monica rejoins S.W.O.R.D. and starts her investigation into Westview, she encounters another fan-favorite MCU character — FBI agent Jimmy Woo, last seen as Scott Lang’s straight-laced FBI handler during the events of Ant-Man and the Wasp. Throughout the episode, there are hints as to what Woo has been up to in the interim, and as well as new insights into Woo’s personal life and origins.
When Monica arrives in Westview to lend S.W.O.R.D.’s assistance to an FBI missing person’s case, she meets Jimmy Woo, the agent on the case. He explains that the missing person is in the Witness Protection Program and that the witness’s associates now deny his existence. He also says that a strange force seems to be affecting the memories (and possibly existence) of surrounding residents and that the town itself seems to be repelling him from investigating. After deploying a S.W.O.R.D. drone — which disappears into a strange energy field bordering the town — Monica approaches the field. Despite Woo’s warnings, Monica is sucked into the strange energy field, causing Jimmy to call in S.W.O.R.D. reinforcements and start a major military investigation into Westview and the events of WandaVision.
Since he makes no reference to it, it appears Woo was not snapped away by Thanos but has been continuing to work at his job in the FBI during the five years that have elapsed since Ant-Man and the Wasp. However, his time with Scott Lang has apparently had an effect on him. As he gives Monica his business card, he uses a sleight-of-hand trick to make it look as though his card suddenly appeared out of thin air. Clearly, this is a reference to Woo and Lang’s shared interest in magic. Woo most likely learned from the same Online Magic University as Scott, as Woo had previously unsuccessfully tried recreating one of the website’s card tricks.
Woo’s origins and private life are also briefly explored. He tells Monica that he grew up in Bakersfield and idolized Elliot Ness, the famous prohibition-era lawman. Later, as he and Dr. Darcy Lewis witness Wanda give birth on the mysterious sitcom broadcast, he expresses that he had once thought about having children and passing along his love for the FBI to a “little Jimmy Woo.”
Though details on Woo’s activities post-Snap are sparse, it is nice to see him again in WandaVision and gain deeper insight into his character. It also looks as though Woo will continue to be an integral part of the Westview operation, and will hopefully go on to have more adventures in the MCU.
Written by Jac Schaeffer and directed by Matt Shakman, WandaVision stars Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, Paul Bettany as Vision, Randall Park as Agent Jimmy Woo, Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis, Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau, and Kathryn Hahn as Agnes. New episodes air Fridays on Disney+.
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