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"Henry Wu was an only child from Ohio. A prodigy, he gained early attention from his undergraduate thesis at MIT."
John Hammond(src)


Dr. Henry Wu is one of two overarching antagonists of Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous, the secondary antagonist of Jurassic World and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and possibly the overarching antagonist in 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

Story

Cloning dinosaurs

Henry Wu is a Chinese American from Ohio with a PhD in genetics. 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.[2]

Dr. Wu, when he is first encountered in the movie.

Wu decided to use the DNA of several species of amphibians, including the Common reed frog (Hyperolius viridiflavus), to supplement the dinosaur DNA.[3] 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.[2]

Isla Nublar Incident (1993)

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.[3] 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.

Creating hybrids

Dr. Wu stands in front of a collection of amber samples collected from various InGen operated mines located all across the world.

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.[3]

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.

Masrani

In 1998, the Masrani Global Corporation took over InGen. The CEO Simon Masrani promoted Dr. Wu within the ranks of the InGen company in December of 2000.[3] Wu supervised the creation of new dinosaurs in the Hammond Creation Lab for the new park Jurassic World. He and many other InGen scientists were involved in the creation of 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,[4] but he withheld from speculating about using any found materials to create Cenozoic animals for Jurassic World at the moment.[5]

In a paper for a scientific journal that was published by Wu in March 2015, he reported on the possibility of using InGen's genome library to help Medixal Health in their research of diseases.[6]

Isla Nublar Incident (2015)

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.

Wu and Eddie in the lab.

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.

Brooklynn attempts to convince Wu to let her film in the lab.

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.[7]

Post 2015 Isla Nublar Incident

Following the Isla Nublar Incident (2015) 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 Brooklyn, Sammy and Yasmin go into Wu's lab, Brooklyn says Wu was up to something big and secret, and Brooklyn ends up finding Wu's key card. Brooklyn later uses Wu's tag to get inside a garage (unintentionally)and the surveillance room.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

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.

Jurassic World: Dominion

Henry Wu is set to make a return in Jurassic World: Dominion in an unknown role.


Personality

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 lead 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, 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. 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.

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Trivia

  • 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.

References

  1. In the novel Jurassic Park Henry Wu is said to be 33 years old. Since the novel took place in 1989, Henry's year of birth in the novel canon can be calculated to be either 1955 or 1956, depending on his exact date of birth.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Jurassic Park: The Game, scenario They Open Doors.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 InGen Technologies. (2014, November). Retrieved from http://www.masraniglobal.com/about/divisions/ingen/index.html
  4. Masrani News
  5. Masrani Fiscal Year 2014 Report
  6. Masrani News
  7. Jurassic World
Jurassic Park Characters
Alan GrantEllie SattlerIan MalcolmJohn HammondDonald GennaroRobert MuldoonLex MurphyTim MurphyJohn Arnold/Ray ArnoldDennis NedryHenry WuLewis Dodgson
Jurassic World Characters
Owen GradyClaire DearingZach MitchellGray MitchellVic HoskinsBarry SembèneHenry WuSimon MasraniLowery CruthersVivian KrillZara YoungKaren MitchellScott MitchellKatashi HamadaHal OsterlyJim DruckerErica BrandNicholas LettingNick KilgoreSarahAustinCraigLeeMeyersSpearsMillerCooper
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Characters
Owen GradyClaire DearingMaisie LockwoodEli MillsBenjamin LockwoodFranklin WebbZia RodriguezKen WheatleyGunnar EversolHenry WuIris CarrollIan MalcolmSherwood
Jurassic World: Dominion Characters
Owen GradyClaire DearingMaisie LockwoodAlan GrantEllie SattlerIan MalcolmHenry WuZia RodriguezFranklin WebbLowery CruthersBarry SembèneLewis Dodgson
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