J.K. Simmons talks about his possible return as J. Jonah Jameson to the MCU
Spider-Man: Far from Home left with us one of the biggest surprises of the MCU world. It was none other than the return of JK Simmons in his iconic role of J Jonah Jameson, an interpretation which he had already played in the Sam Raimi trilogy. Simmons who did one of the best adaptations of a comic character that has ever been made opened a debate about whether there is any relationship between this J.J.Jameson and the one from the Raimi movies. The point is, there was a lot of planning behind it, and there was apparently only one thing Simmons and Marvel Studios disagreed on prior to
Simmons’ interpretation of J.J. Jameson with respect to the version of the comics was beyond perfect. Imagining another actor in this role is very complicated and it seems that Marvel Studios considered no one else who could play this vital character of the Spider-Man universe. While speaking with Collider, here’s what Simmons had to say on J.J. Jameson’s eventual return to the big screen:
The only thing we didn’t a hundred percent see eye to eye on, I think, was how much is this character going to be the character from, I think, the comic books and from the Sam Raimi original trilogy, and how much do we want to evolve it and to have it be more contemporary or more… you know. I was very attached to what I had done previously for a variety of reasons. So I guess the compromise ended up being no hair. [laughter] Which I think honestly, that decision might’ve just been them going, ‘We don’t have time to make a wig. We got to shoot him tomorrow in the office.’ So, J. Jonah Jameson either lost his hair in the last few years, or he was wearing a hairpiece the whole time. I don’t know, you pick.
Multiple changes were made in order to revive J. Jonah Jameson for the MCU and distinguish him from his cinematic predecessor. The J.J.J we saw in the early Spider-Man films was tailored to perfection and seemed to have been pulled out straight from the comics. In his 2019 revive of the character, J.J Jameson. was shown as a rather bald man who instead of being the cocky boss of the Daily Bugle Newspaper, was shown as a sensationalist and controversial online news outlet journalist.
The actor at the moment seems to remain cautious about what he throws at the press. If we do not yet know what importance he could have, the character also has a chance to join the Spider-Verse of Sony where Venom already evolves at the same time as the Vulture of Michael Keaton and Peter Parker.
With plot under wraps and no official title revealed, for the time being, Spider-Man’s third solo film is set for release on November 5, 2021, and will feature production by Kevin Feige (Marvel Studios) and Amy Pascal (Sony; Pascal Pictures).