J.K. Simmons played J. Jonah Jameson, the quick-tempered editor-in-chief of The Daily Bugle, in each installment of Sam Raimi‘s SPIDER-MAN trilogy, but after a hiatus of more than a decade, the character made the leap to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME. Simmons appeared as J. Jonah Jameson in that film’s mid-credit sequence, with the character reimagined somewhat into the head of a controversial online news outlet.
There is a distinct chance, there have been discussions, and I’m not going to say anything definitive [laughter] because I don’t know if I’m allowed to. But yes, I’m very optimistic that I’ll have some more J.J.J. in my future.
Simmons’ cameo in SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME happened very quickly, with the scene being shot in somebody’s office on the soundstage just days after meeting with Marvel executives. The actor added that “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.” Simmons said that he was quite attached to his previous performance of Jameson, but they wound up coming to a compromise of a bald Jameson this time around. “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,’” explained Simmons. “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.” With all the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe movies to choose from, not to mention Sony’s side of the Marvel Universe, there are plenty of opportunties for the return of J. Jonah Jameson.