Ant-Man and The Wasp has added Fresh Off the Boat actor Randall Park to its cast in the role of Jimmy Woo, a former FBI agent turned S.H.I.E.L.D. agent from the comics. He’ll be joining Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Tip “T.I.” Harris and Michael Douglas reprising their roles from 2015’s Ant-Man. Game of Thrones actress Hannah John-Kamen has also been cast in an unknown role.
James “Jimmy” Woo originally appeared in Yellow Claw #1 (Oct. 1956), published by Atlas Comics, the 1950s predecessor of Marvel Comics. He was a Chinese-American FBI agent battling against a “yellow peril” Communist mandarin known only as the Yellow Claw, a second-rate Fu Manchu. The series only ran for four issues but features art by Joe Maneely, Jack Kirby, and John Severin and led to the character being brought over to the Marvel Universe ten years later in Strange Tales #160 (Sept. 1967), and becoming a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #2 (July 1968). He later went on to appear in Marvel’s Godzilla and Agents of Atlas series.
S.H.I.E.L.D. hasn’t played an integral role on the film side of things since Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the climax of which featured the organization torn apart from the inside out by Hydra operatives who had infiltrated their ranks from the very beginning. ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has featured the espionage organization regaining its lost legitimacy, but this will be the first time the films will address the goings ons of the tv side of things. Jimmy Woo’s character is the perfect segway back into that world, and this film is the perfect opportunity for that.
Ant-Man and The Wasp is scheduled for release July 6, 2018.