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- "You didn't ask for reality, you asked for more teeth."
- —Henry Wu to Simon Masrani about the Indominus rex(src)
Dr. Henry Wu is one of the two overarching antagonists of the first season of the Netflix TV series Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous, the unseen overarching antagonist of its second season and an antihero in season 3, the secondary antagonist of Jurassic World and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and one of the two overarching antagonists of the Jurassic Park franchise. He is the geneticist that recreates the dinosaurs in all Jurassic Park media. He is the chief genetic engineer of InGen.
Henry Wu was a major character in the book, but in the the film he was only a minor character with the majority of his role being taken over by Mr. DNA. In Jurassic World, Henry Wu appears as a secondary character, serving as a foil for Masrani's moral opposition to gene splicing, creating the hybrid Indominus rex.
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Henry Wu is a Chinese American from Ohio with a PhD from Oklahoma State University. He is a senior member of InGen's project to recreate the dinosaurs. Dr. Wu and paleo-geneticist Dr. Laura Sorkin were the top minds in the project.
When the team had discovered large amounts of dinosaur DNA, Dr. Wu proposed that they could start to clone dinosaurs by filling in the missing parts of the dinosaur genome (DNA) with DNA from extant species. Laura Sorkin opposed this idea and wanted to wait with the cloning until they had recovered 100% of a species' genome. The board of investors preferred Wu's approach because it was faster, easier and cheaper. Thus, the board gave Dr. Wu a promotion to be the chief geneticist.
Wu decided to use the DNA of several species of amphibians, including the common reed frog (Hyperolius viridiflavus), to supplement the dinosaur DNA. The first prehistoric animal was cloned in 1986. Wu also decided to build in a few safety measures. The dinosaur chromosomes were designed such that all animals were female, so they could not reproduce. He also made the dinosaurs unable to produce Lysine, so they would die without the supplements in their food.
When the endorsement team visited the Isla Nublar Laboratory to see the Velociraptors hatch, Dr. Wu was among the scientists in the laboratory at that time. He joined the group and answered their questions. Wu probably left the island on the C-3208 boat during the storm evacuation.
Wu returned to the island in November 1994 as part of the operation to deconstruct the ruined Jurassic Park. His job was cataloging specimen numbers, and to identify exactly how the animals were breeding. Wu discovered that the amphibian DNA enabled the animals to change their sex through a chemical trigger which disintegrated the female organs to create male sex organs.
Wu kept leading the research team at a financially struggling InGen. The breeding dinosaurs had shown him that not only the DNA of various species could be combined, but also their observable characteristics. In 1995, Dr. Wu wrote the book The Next Step: An Evolution of God’s Concepts. In this book, he proposed the hypothesis that he could bring brand new species into fruition by the combination the traits of various species.
In 1997, Wu and his team actually succeeded in creating a hybrid organism. They had combined the DNA of several plant species to create a new plant, Karacosis wutansis (or Wu Flower). The creation of this hybrid plant gained worldwide media attention.
In 1998, the Masrani Global Corporation bought and took over InGen. The CEO Simon Masrani promoted Dr. Wu within the ranks of the InGen company in December of 2000. Wu supervised the creation of new dinosaurs in the Hammond Creation Lab for the new park Jurassic World.
During his time working under Masrani Global, Wu was hired by the morally corrupt Eli Mills to create the first genetically-modified hybrid dinosaur to ever exist, the Scorpios rex. To that end, Mills planned to use it for his illegal operations beneath Lockwood Manor, and after running many tests through the E750 project, Wu was successful in creating the hybrid. However, when Wu discovered how unpredictable the Scorpios truly was, Mills rejected the idea of using it, as it proved to be too unstable for him to use in his operations. Wu also introduced the hybrid to Masrani, but he, too, rejected it because he saw it as too hideous for the guests to look at. Eventually, the Scorpios broke free and attacked him, but he survived. Masrani found out about what happened and ordered Wu to destroy the Scorpios specimen, but instead, Wu had it frozen in a cryogenic chamber to discover the cause of its unpredictable nature and supposedly relocate it somewhere where it would be rendered completely harmless. Following the incident, Wu and many other InGen scientists were involved in the creation of his second genetically-modified hybrid, the Indominus rex.
In November of 2014, the new InGen facility named "Martel" opened in Siberia. The goal of Martel was to extract Pleistocene dated organic materials from glacial ice. He showed excitement for the project believing it will expand InGen's genome library, but he withheld from speculating about using any found materials to create Cenozoic animals for Jurassic World at the moment.
Dr. Wu is first seen in his lab with his assistant Eddie when Camp Cretaceous counselors Dave and Roxie brought Brooklynn, Ben Pincus, Sammy Gutierrez and Yasmina Fadoula to the facility for a tour. He expressed disdain at their presence and was especially annoyed by Dave.
When Sammy picked up a piece of amber, Wu grabbed it away from her, and he refused to allow Brooklynn to film inside the lab despite her attempts to stroke his ego by saying she could make him famous with her web show. He later caught her in his private office, snooping at his computer and learning about the Indominus rex. He had Dave and Roxie take the kids out after that.
He was later seen with Claire Dearing, trying to attract investors with the genetically modified hybrid Indominus rex. After the Indominus rex escaped, Masrani confronted Wu about how the animal was created. Wu did not tell Masrani that part of it is Velociraptor, but he did mention that it had the genes of cuttlefish to help her withstand an accelerated growth rate, though the progress also gave Indominus the ability of camouflage (which the creature used to surprise the ACU Troopers). Tree frog DNA was also used to adapt the hybrid to the island's tropical climate, but it also gave her the ability to hide her infrared signature from the thermal seeking cameras around her paddock. He also reminded Masrani that he was the one that asked for a bigger, scarier and cooler dinosaur, but Masrani accused him of creating a monster instead. Wu then states that "monster" is a relative term between a cat and a canary; they are used to being the cat. Though he seems to be somewhat unpleasantly surprised at how deadly the hybrid has turned out, he is apparently unremorseful about the deaths that it has caused, deeming them merely "unfortunate", and is unconcerned that he has committed numerous crimes against nature by creating the hybrid in the first place. When Vic Hoskins takes command of the park, Wu is revealed to have been secretly working with Hoskins to make hybrids as weapons and Hoskins has him evacuated to the Costa Rican mainland along with the rest of the InGen team. He takes with him several hybrid dinosaur embryos at Hoskins' request, thus protecting his research.
Post Jurassic World Incident
Following the Jurassic World Incident Dr. Wu is found guilty of bioethical misconduct and stripped of all his credentials.
The campers from Camp Cretaceous are still stuck on Jurassic World following the incident. When Brooklynn, Sammy and Yasmina go into Wu's lab, Brooklynn says Wu was up to something big and secret, and Brooklynn ends up finding Wu's key card. Brooklynn later uses Wu's tag to get inside a garage (unintentionally) and the surveillance room.
Brooklynn and Sammy watch a video (on Wu's computer), of him talking about the Scorpius rex (E750), being attacked by the Scorpius rex, and then being treated with an antidote. Wu later returns to the island with the mercenaries that work under Eli Mills, to retrieve a sample of the Indominus rex, and also to retrieve Wu's personal laptop that contains years of research. While in his lab, he notices that the Scorpios rex escaped, which makes him concerned. When Hawkes (one of the mercenaries) captures Brooklynn and brings her out, Wu immediately recognizes her as one of the campers and asks her if all the campers never made it off the island. However, Hawkes tells him that her friends stole the laptop. The three then head back to the helicopter, but not before Hawkes warns Darius and Yasmina that they had 2 hours to return the laptop, or else they would not release Brooklynn.
While heading back, Brooklynn tells Wu that there were two Scorpius rex's, which shocks him, and then she says that she and the other campers killed them. After reaching the helicopter the following morning, Kenji runs with the laptop and hands it to Wu. However, at that moment, Ben leads Bumpy and her herd of Ankylosauruses to attack Wu and take his laptop, as per the campers' plan. Wu's laptop is stolen by Sammy and Yasmina and the laptop is destroyed during the attack. Wu is angry that all his research is gone. However, after learning from another mercenary that they got the sample of the Indominus rex, he becomes satisfied and tells Hawkes they can leave. Hawkes starts flying the helicopter. After spotting the campers, Hawkes advances the helicopter to them, which frightens Wu. Wu tells him that they are not the mission. Hawkes then stops pursuing the camper and flies off with the helicopter.
Evidently stripped of his doctorate, Mr. Wu is seen talking with Eli Mills while Maisie Lockwood is exploring the hidden laboratory. She overhears them arguing about Blue and the condition she's being brought back in. Later, Wu is seen briefly at the dinosaur auction. He protests when Eli allows bidding on a prototype of the Indoraptor. After the auction ended in disaster, he is seen back in the laboratory trying to salvage as much as he can. He attempts to get a blood sample from Blue to complete his Indoraptor but is shocked as he learns from Zia Rodriguez that she gave Blue a blood transfusion from the Tyrannosaurus rex, thereby contaminating Blue's pure genome. Suddenly, Franklin Webb manages to sedate Wu with a tranquilizer dart filled with 50 CC'S of Carfentanil. This allows him to free Zia but they are stopped by mercenaries which one of them drags Wu off and away from the lab. Zia was able to free Blue from the cage which she provided as cover to hold of the mercenaries while Zia and Franklin make their escape. During the fight between Blue and the mercenaries, a tank of flammable gas is struck by a stray bullet which then gets triggered causing Wu’s lab to explode in the process.
Henry Wu is set to make a return in Jurassic World: Dominion in an unknown role.
Wu is a very devout and intelligent scientist. When he is first introduced, he shows a lot of fascination and pride in the dinosaurs he helped genetically engineer. When he is seen again in Jurassic World, he still takes great pride in his creations, but expresses a frustration at not being allowed to innovate. This leads to him allying with Vic Hoskins to create the Indominus Rex. However, he is shown to be heartless and cold blooded, as he showed little to no sympathy over the deaths of people caused by the Indominus rex, referring to the deaths as "unfortunate". In Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, he is shown to be very impatient and frustrated, most notably with Eli whom he considers weak. Fallen Kingdom also shows that Wu's villainous progression can best be rooted in that while Hammond had the dream for Jurassic Park, it was Wu's genius that made the park a reality.
It is possible that he had a good relationship with John Hammond. Wu referred to Hammond as sir, which was a sign of respect; and Hammond likewise amicably called him by his first name. His relationship with his next employer Masrani however, was far colder. During his confrontation with Simon, after Masrani expressed rage at the traits the Indominus Rex showed when she slaughtered the ACU team led by Katashi Hamada, Wu retaliated that he had done exactly what the negligent CEO had told him to do. At this, Simon threatened that Hammond wouldn't be able to save him this time from the seeming mad science Wu had done, leading Wu to angrily fume that Jurassic World kept him doing exactly what he'd been doing for years; making unnatural, exaggerated spliced creatures for entertainment and not reality. His relationship with his third boss, Eli Mills, was arguably worse, as he he often got frustrated with him and even referred to him as weak. It is possible that Hammond's death greatly affected Wu's personality, and had a hand in turning him into a ruthless and cold blooded human being who prioritized progress and innovation for its own sake.
Wu, since Jurassic World can be described as a self centered and ruthless egomaniac that will do anything to get the credit he believes he deserves. However, in Camp Cretaceous, he shows more impatience and intolerance towards children and Dave and Roxie, since he did not officially authorize their visit to the lab. is ego was briefly stroked after Brooklyn manipulated him into revealing more about the lab by mentioning her online status, but this ended after he discovered Brooklyn trespassing. He has not been very fond of the campers since, but he was indeed shocked and mildly concerned that both Brooklyn and the other campers never escaped the island, although this became brief once he focused on his missing laptop. He considers their attempts to stop him futile and a small obstacle to his success, which he believes will push back the boundaries of science, the work of a true visionary, revealing he still desires to be acknowledged for his work. Although, he seems to morally consider Brooklyn’s words when she reveals the events that transpired on the island, such as the Scorpios Rexes. Regardless, while this obviously did not stop his actions from proceeding in the second film, after recalling Brooklyn’s previous words that visionaries made the world better, Wu, in a moment of moral clarity, had Hawkes leave them alone by reminding him that they weren’t the mission. This proves that Wu still has some form of morality in him, at least enough to stop him from harming or endangering the children, since he didn’t consider his actions would in any way harm them.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
- Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has all the characters refer to him as "Mr. Henry Wu" instead of "Dr. Henry Wu". A deleted scene would have explained this, by having Wu stripped of his doctorate from the fallout of Jurassic World's downfall.
|Jurassic Park Characters|
|Alan Grant • Ellie Sattler • Ian Malcolm • John Hammond • Donald Gennaro • Robert Muldoon • Lex Murphy • Tim Murphy • John Arnold/Ray Arnold • Dennis Nedry • Henry Wu • Lewis Dodgson • The Big One • Kim • Randy • Rexy/Roberta|
|Jurassic World Characters|
|Owen Grady • Claire Dearing • Zach Mitchell • Gray Mitchell • Vic Hoskins • Barry Sembène • Henry Wu • Simon Masrani • Lowery Cruthers • Vivian Krill • Zara Young • Karen Mitchell • Scott Mitchell • Katashi Hamada • Hal Osterly • Jim Drucker • Erica Brand • Nicholas Letting • Nick Kilgore • Sarah • Austin • Craig • Lee • Meyers • Spears • Miller • Cooper • Blue • Charlie • Delta • Echo • Rexy/Roberta|
|Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Characters|
|Owen Grady • Claire Dearing • Maisie Lockwood • Eli Mills • Benjamin Lockwood • Franklin Webb • Zia Rodriguez • Ken Wheatley • Gunnar Eversol • Henry Wu • Iris Carroll • Ian Malcolm • Sherwood • Blue • Rexy/Roberta • Stiggy|
|Jurassic World: Dominion Characters|
|Owen Grady • Claire Dearing • Alan Grant • Ellie Sattler • Ian Malcolm • Henry Wu • Zia Rodriguez • Maisie Lockwood • Franklin Webb • Barry Sembène • Lewis Dodgson|
|Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous Characters|
|Ben Pincus • Blue • Brandon Bowman • Brooklynn • Bumpy • Chaos • Charlie • Darius Bowman • Dave • Dawson • Delta • Echo • Eddie • Grim • Hap • Hawkes • Henry Wu • Kenji Kon • Limbo • Maria • Mitch • Pilot • Rexy • Roxie • Sammy Gutierrez • Tiff • Toro • Yasmina Fadoula|