If you have TikTok, you’re likely aware of the different “sides” of the app: Straight TikTok, Gay TikTok, Art TikTok – the list goes on. In the past couple of weeks, an entirely new side has emerged: Jimmy Woo TikTok.
James E. "Jimmy" Woo is a character in Marvel's Disney+ miniseries, WandaVision. Woo, played by Randall Park, is a wholesome and lovable FBI Agent whose first Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) appearance was in Ant-Man and the Wasp in 2018.
His performances in both projects have won the internet’s heart. As WandaVision shot to popularity after its premiere, so did Woo. #WandaVision has racked up a hefty 1.3 billion views on the app so far and #JimmyWoo has amassed 87.9 million.
“My entire 'For You' page is completely overwhelmed by Jimmy Woo TikTok, and I’m not mad about it,” said Medill second-year Talia Schulhof (@taliasc on the app).
Compared to other characters in the MCU, the agent has very little screen time. So what about Woo is special enough to get millions of people talking about him? For starters, Jimmy Woo TikTok is a bit of a misnomer — most of the videos in this new niche are about Park, not his WandaVision character.
TikTok users are awestruck by the sheer number of projects Park has been in during his nearly 17-year-long acting career; they have lovingly created the term “Wooiverse” to describe the cinematic universe containing each of Park's 153 acting credits. Not only does Park have an impressively long resume, but he also has a varied one — the man practically invented range.
Through larger roles in sitcom Fresh Off the Boat, romantic comedy Always Be My Maybe and action-comedy The Interview, in addition to smaller roles in shows like The Walking Dead, New Girl, and iCarly, Park has demonstrated both his acting chops and range. But this selection barely scratches the surface – the Wooiverse extends far beyond the world of traditional film and television.
TikTok users have noticed Park in everything from Volkswagen commercials to Eminem music videos. Even a video of Park receiving his diploma in a recording of his UCLA graduation went viral, amassing over 2 million views.
Comment sections on videos like these are all similar, with users writing things like “I swear I’m bout to find out jimmy in my parents wedding video or sumn too” and “this man has secured every bag possible.”
“I’m really glad that Randall Park is getting the recognition that he deserves because his character, Jimmy Woo, is such an icon and in WandaVision we’re really getting to see him flourish,” said Schulhof, who was inspired by all this content to make a Jimmy Woo TikTok of her own.
With the fate of the beloved characters of WandaVision and the status of a potential Jimmy Woo spinoff unclear, one thing is certain: the expansion of the Wooiverse shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.
Thumbnail graphic by Bailey Richards.