THE TOMORROW WAR Star J.K. Simmons Reflects On SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME Return As J. Jonah Jameson
Talking about his role in Amazon's The Tomorrow War, J.K. Simmons reflects on reprising the role of J. Jonah Jameson in Spider-Man: No Way Home, expressing his excitement to reimagine the iconic character.
Spider-Man: Far From Home featured what many consider to be the Marvel Cinematic Universe's best post-credits scene, as J.K. Simmons reprised the role of J. Jonah Jameson to reveal the web-slinger's secret identity to the world. It was a moment no one saw coming, and not even the so-called "scoopers" online had caught wind of Marvel Studios' plans to bring the actor back as The Daily Bugle E-I-C.
"Those movies with Sam [Raimi] will always be big highlights of my career and my life," the actor said of the original Spider-Man trilogy. "Sam is one of my favorite directors and human beings."
"To have the opportunity to kind of do a reboot of the character, I was eager to hang on to the things I really loved about it and totally open to letting go of some of that, and realizing we are in a more updated version of that universe. Hopefully, we found the sweet spot there."
As for what the biggest change was, Simmons jokes: "Mostly just the hair, or the lack thereof. For a lot of characters, that evolution is a really important aspect. I like the lack of evolution of that character. There are ways that he’s evolved, but he’s the same blowhard and that’s what I enjoy doing."
There have been rumours that Simmons will return as Jonah in SPUMC movies like Venom: Let There Be Carnage and Morbius, but it's hard not to hope that he remains "exclusive" to the MCU in Spider-Man: No Way Home and beyond. Then again, his presence could be a nice piece of connective tissue between the two different worlds it seems the wall-crawler will be swinging between.
What are your hopes for JJJ in the MCU and beyond?