The fourth episode of WandaVision was truly a milestone event for the Marvel Cinematic Universe as it continued its overarching narrative on Disney+. The first three episodes of the show focused on everything inside the Westview bubble as the odd couple of Wanda and Vision tried to live a normal life, including a fast track to parenthood. "Episode 4" then switched gears and gave a look into everything happening on the outside as the Westview anomaly appeared on SWORD's radar.
The Sentient Weapon Observation & Response Division was also acknowledged for the first time in the MCU through Captain Monica Rambeau, who made her return fully grown after appearing in her youth in 2019's Captain Marvel. And if that weren't enough MCU for you, Rambeau then teamed up with FBI Agent Jimmy Woo from Ant-Man and the Wasp and Dr. Darcy Lewis from the first two Thor films as they worked to solve the Westview mystery.
There are plenty of other ways that Marvel Studios made sure its viewing audience knew that this series is a direct continuation of the story from the Infinity Saga. In fact, a fun callback was made to Agent Woo's appearance in the Ant-Man sequel. Now the FBI actor explains how exactly that came to be.
RANDALL PARK STEPS INTO ANT-MAN'S WORLD OF MAGIC
In a recent interview with Insider, Jimmy Woo actor Randall Park talked about the process of learning the card trick he utilized in his first scene of WandaVision.
Park was asked if Woo survived Thanos' snap from Avengers: Infinity War, to which he said he wasn't sure. But the actor did give his own comedic theory, saying Woo must have survived because he "had to have" the five years between Infinity War and Endgame to master his new trick.
"Maybe he wasn't because he had to learn that card trick. He had to have that time."
After revealing that he really did the trick himself, Park said that "a magician" taught him the trick and that he had to "work really hard" because he "had to get it right."
I'm serious! Actually, a magician taught me that and I actually worked really hard on it before that scene because I had to get it right.
But after admitting that it only took him a couple of days to learn the trick, Park claimed that like any good magician, he "cannot reveal how he did it."
RANDALL PARK: SORCERER SUPREME?
While this card trick may not have had anything to do with why Jimmy Woo survived Thanos' snap, it still serves as a fun moment of character development in Park's second MCU appearance.
During the events of Ant-Man and the Wasp, Paul Rudd's Scott Lang passed the time in his two-year house arrest sentence by learning close-up magic online, which he displayed to Jimmy Woo upon his visit to Lang's house. Woo curiously asked Scott how he did the card trick before leaving, and a later scene showed Woo practicing the trick with little success.
Randall Park's dedication to get this trick right is a fun testament to how much he loves being in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Considering that Park had no idea when he would return as Jimmy Woo, he seems to be approaching his next challenge in WandaVision with the best effort he can, as the FBI agent that has moved from house arrest supervision to missing town cases.
"Episode 4" of WandaVision had more than its fair share of callbacks to the MCU's past outside of Woo's mastery of magic; due to this, the fandom is already looking forward to seeing how the show will connect itself to the larger narrative going forward. Marvel Studios' story will continue when "Episode 5" of the debut Disney+ show premieres on Friday, February 5.