If you search "Jimmy Woo" on Twitter, you'll see that there's quite a fervor over the awkward, endearing former S.H.I.E.L.D., now F.B.I. agent and how his peppered-in appearances around the MCU in Ant-Man & The Wasp, and WandaVision have captured the hearts of MCU fans with his charm and innocence.
We need to talk about how perfect this character is for his own show, and how we're guilty of not realizing it until recently.
BUT FIRST, a little backstory.(sorry, but this will help)
James Woo(Woo Yen Jet) first appeared in Atlas Comics'(predecessor to Marvel Comics) "Yellow Claw #1" from October of 1956. The series only ran four issues with art by the one & only Jack Kirby and John Severin. Woo's character since then has been sprinkled throughout the Earth-616 timeline- he's been hired to stop Godzilla, went BACK to S.H.I.E.L.D. and then forming the Agents Of Atlas after going rogue. In addition, he's appeared in the The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes animated series voiced by Nolan North and has also had cameos in multiple Marvel video games.
After WandaVision Ep. 4 was released, Woo was front-and-center with just a scoche more confidence than when we was him checking in on Scott Lang's house arrest. Did you happen to notice the best character arc in MCU history when Woo introduced himself at the Westview city limit?
That was a direct nod to this from Ant-Man & The Wasp:
Ugh. SO GOOD.
Last week, Stephen Ford who played the titular character in The CW's Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight, and who is also a titan of internet content production(Machinima, made a tweet that called out the majesty of Woo's role and how it deserved it's own show:
The tweet has tens of thousands of RTs and over 180k likes on Twitter. He's not the only one who agrees with this sentiment of a character development Cinderella Story:
That got us thinking, YES...Short answer is, WE ARE IN...but here's our elevator pitch for how the "MCWooniverse" would play out. Let us know if it sucks.
Agent James Woo could easily be the Forrest Gump of the MCU(that's meant to be a compliment before you try canceling us)...there is 13yrs of content starting in 2008 with Iron Man as far as the movies go, but then factor-in TV tie-ins like Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter.
What if this show, let's call it "Agent Woo"(working title, duh) were to showcase James' trial-by-fire being fringe-involved in countless events of the MCU timeline? We know that Woo idolized Elliot Ness growing up and always had a penchant for mystery and crime. Imagine what Stephen said above a "Fun X-Files" but add an element of Monk in there and it's a hum-dinger.
If you go back and read the comics, namely Agents Of Atlas #1, an aging Agent Woo was on his death bed at one point due to an attack and was eventually brought back by Marvel Boy, who restored his youth to the point he last remembered him...The 1950s.
This gives us A LOT of retcon room to splice Woo in over the years, allowing for flashbacks of forgotten memories and having him do damage control on major events in the movie timeline, possibly to fill some major plot holes, but make it fun.
Woo has been involved low-key with some major events in Earth-616's timeline even if they haven't been acknowledged by the current events in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
If the show were shot the right way, with the right amount of Randall Park's perfect comedic timing and charming innocence, would you be up for a show that featured his character being thrust into major events we've seen play out on the big screen? Tell is in a comment below!
Paul Brown is the founder of Kulture Popped, and despite starting a news and entertainment website, has NO idea how to properly use semicolons when writing.