Veep and The Interview star Randall Park has signed on to appear as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Jimmy Woo in upcoming MCU sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp.
The sequel to Marvel Studios’ 2014 comedic romp Ant-Man, the feature sees the return of Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, and Michael Douglas, alongside series newcomer Hannah John-Kamen. Details of the plot are being kept under wraps for now.
Park’s casting as Jimmy Woo though raises interesting questions for the MCU, not the least of which is the status of S.H.I.E.L.D. The intelligence outfit was dismantled back in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and has been defunct on the big screen ever since, despite being resurrected in the continuity of spin-off television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., in which it presently falls under the stewardship of now-Director – and formerly deceased Agent – Phil Coulson.
The status of the series within MCU continuity however has been contested for some time now, despite it periodically featuring nods to big screen events such as the rise of Ultron and the Sokovia Accords. The series even went as far as to feature a backstory for just how Nick Fury was able to resurrect the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier for Avengers: Age of Ultron’s finale.
It’s entirely possible that Ant-Man and the Wasp could finally see the series and the events depicted therein embraced as iron clad MCU continuity – a move which would cement elements such as Inhumans and Ghost Rider as canon – though any confirmation of this seems unlikely anytime soon.
Source: The Tracking Board