Ant-Man And The Wasp Has Added A Fresh Off The Boat Star For A Cool Role
Ant-Man appears to be sitting out the craziness that is Avengers: Infinity War, but moviegoers will still be able to see the shrinking hero back on the big screen in 2018. As the title clearly lays out, Ant-Man and the Wasp will see Scott Lang teaming up with Hope van Dyne, who inherited the Wasp identity at the end of 2015's Ant-Man. These two heroes will be accompanied by most of their supporting cast from the first movie, but there will be plenty of new faces to meet, too, including Fresh Off The Boat's Randall Park as a longtime S.H.I.E.L.D. agent from the comics.
According to The Tracking Board, Randall Park has been tapped to play Jimmy Woo, who first appeared in 1956's Yellow Claw #1, but made his official "modern" S.H.I.E.L.D. debut in 1967's Strange Tales #160. It's unclear if Park's Jimmy Woo will be a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in Ant-Man and the Wasp or if he's involved in the story in some other capacity. Although the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series has followed along with the spy organization's mission, S.H.I.E.L.D. has barely been mentioned since the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. If Woo is indeed one of the agents serving under Phil Coulson, his appearance would clue in folks who only watch the Marvel movies that S.H.I.E.L.D. didn't completely collapse after the second Captain America movie.
In the comics, Jimmy Woo started out as an FBI agent during the 1950s, and when he was recruited to S.H.I.E.L.D., he joined the Godzilla Squad and was retroactively made a member of the Agents of Atlas. He was also replaced by an LMD (Life Model Decoy) for a time like other high-ranking agents. Similar to Nick Fury and Dum Dum Dugan, Jimmy is a character that has lived much longer than usual thanks to restored youth. Outside of the comics, Jimmy has only appeared in an episode of Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes and the video game Marvel Heroes.
Randall Park, whose credits also include Veep and The Interview, is the second new actor to join Ant-Man and the Wasp. The first was Killjoys' Hannah John-Kamen, who is rumored to be playing a character named Dawn. It's also been reported that Ant-Man and the Wasp is looking for an actress to play Victoria, Luis' new girlfriend who is describe as a bit of a "loose cannon," but has a "dangerous edge." As for familiar faces, in addition to the two eponymous heroes, Ant-Man and the Wasp will see the return of Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Michael Pena as Luis, T.I. as Dave and David Dastmalchian as Kurt.
With principal photography having just kicked off, Ant-Man and the Wasp arrives in theaters on July 6, 2018.
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