Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons is rare in that he has a foot in both major comic book movie camps. Having played perpetually angry newspaper editor J. Jonah Jameson in all three Spider-Man movies starring Toby Maguire, he bounced over to the DCEU to play Commissioner Gordon in the ill-fated Justice League.
Then, to the surprise of many people, he turned up again in Spider-Man: Far Form Home in an end credits stinger that turned this MCU version of Spidey upside down.
The cameo seemed to reshape the Bugle as an online outlet and cast Jameson as something of a shock-jock or internet radio agitator.
Late last week Simmons spoke with the Couch Surfing podcast and they asked him directly if that was it, a cameo only, or will he expect to be back as J. Jonah Jameson? He responded cryptically:
“I don’t know if I would use the word expect…”
Following this he immediately broke the news that he has signed on to appear in multiple Spider-Man sequels, demonstrating once again that Marvel puts long contracts in front of good people without messing around.
He outlined that the studio isn’t necessarily obligated to use him again, it just makes the option available to both parties going forward.
“It’s great to have the opportunity, as these things evolve, to be one of the holdovers from the previous version”
Simmons also discussed his screen test for the original Raimi movies and that executives were undecided on him at
The producers and the people at Sony, they needed to be convinced because, obviously, there were a lot more high profile actors that they had in mind who would help with the box-office. It was very nerve wracking.
It included a scene where the Green Goblin breaks through the windows and picks me up by the throat, lifts me up in the air, and is strangling me, I’m holding the script pages, reading the scene on the audition, but then at the same time, trying to…pretending I’m being lifted by the neck and choked.”
The next Spider-Man needs to start shooting soon as it has a November 5th 2021 release date locked.