‘Wandavision’: Randall Park Thought His ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Role Was a ‘One-Off’
Randall Park made his WandaVision debut in episode 4. He’s only one installment in, but it already feels like his character, Jimmy Woo, will have a larger part to play as the season unfolds. The whole thing came as a surprise to Park. In a recent interview, he said he didn’t expect to be approached for the Marvel series because he always believed his Ant-Man and the Wasp role was just a one-off.
[Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers for episode 4 of WandaVision.]
Before ‘WandaVision,’ Randall Park played Jimmy Woo in ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’
Park’s first brush with Marvel came in 2018 when he played FBI Agent Jimmy Woo in Ant-Man and the Wasp. In the movie, his character — who first appeared in Marvel Comics in the ‘50s — is charged with watching over Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) while he’s on parole.
Park reprised his Marvel role in the fourth episode of WandaVision, “We Interrupt This Program.” While investigating a missing person’s report, Jimmy and Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) find the town Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) is in. He teams up with Dr. Darcey Lewis (Kat Dennings) to decipher what is going on.
Woo is now working with S.W.O.R.D. on getting through to Wanda. So, it’s likely fans will get to see much more of him as the season continues.
Randall Park immediately said yes to the ‘WandaVision’ showrunner
When talking to EW, Park noted how excited he was when asked to appear on WandaVision. “Well, when they first said, ‘We want to bring Jimmy back,’ I was like, “I’m in. No questions asked. I don’t care what it is.’”
He said that he was excited to work with Marvel again. And he couldn’t wait to relive all the fun he had on Ant-Man and the Wasp.
“Then,pla when they broke down the show, I was even more excited,” he added. “I did not expect anything like this, so I was very thrilled to be a part of it. But [I was] also wondering a little bit how they would pull it off because it is such a big swing, you know? But they did it. It’s just so incredible to watch.”
He believed his Marvel role was a one-time thing
Park was genuinely surprised when the Wandavision showrunners approached him about the show. In his interview with EW, he said he always believed his portrayal of Jimmy Woo was a one-time deal.
“I genuinely thought it was a one-off,” Park revealed. “I was so amazed that I was in a Marvel movie and that I got to be funny in a Marvel movie. It was just such a fun time working with that whole gang.”
He continued, “I was just for sure like, ‘This couldn’t happen again,’ and I kind of left it at that. I didn’t think I was going to come back. But when I got the call, like I said, it was like, ‘Yes. No question, I will be there.’”
New episodes of WandaVision hit Disney+ on Fridays.