Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy is undoubtedly one of the most beloved superhero franchises ever released. After over two decades of release, fans adore the movies more than ever before. From Toby Maguire's Spidey to J.K Simmons’ J. Jonah Jameson, the timeless comic book movies are brought to life by amazing actors.
In fact, the Raimi trilogy is so beloved that aspects of the film franchise have seeped into the MCU. Not only could Toby Maguire end up returning for No Way Home, but J.K Simmons’ Jameson has already appeared in the finale of 2019’s Far From Home.
J.K Simmons on J. Jonah Jameson
In an interview with Den of Geek, J.K Simmons discussed his time as Spider-Man’s journalist nemesis. When asked about how it felt to return as the character for the finale of Far From Home, he said:
“Those movies with Sam [Raimi] will always be big highlights of my career and my life. 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."
Of course, it's been twenty years since Simmons last appeared as the character for Spider-Man 3. As such, the appearance of J. Jonah Jameson is very different between the two versions, despite being portrayed by the same actor. When it came to the differences between the two incarnations, Simmons explained:
“[It’s] 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."
Will the actor appear in Sony movies?
In recent years, rumours have circulated that J.K Simmons will be returning as Jameson outside of the MCU. For starters, rumours have claimed that the actor will revise the role for Venom: Let There Be Carnage.
There is some evidence to back this up. In the trailer for the upcoming Venom sequel, fans have spotted a Raimi-era Daily Bugle newspaper. However, there's no telling if this will result in Simmons appearing in the movie.