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J.K. Simmons on Spider-Man Future, Evolution of Character

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BY September 25, 2020
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Thanks to the film Whiplash, which is now part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we now barely know some Spider-Man details. Or to put it another way, finally there’s an interview with someone named J.K. that doesn’t make ya cringe. Because in a recent interview, J. Jonah Jameson himself, J.K. Simmons talked Spider-Man future and past.

J.K. Simmons Didn’t Expect Role in Current Spider-Man

simmons spider-man future Whiplash, now part of the MCU (image via Sony Pictures Classics)

Man, remember back in the 90s, when we hadn’t had 3 different Spider-Men? Anyway, even though his role as Triple J was pretty darn memorable, Simmons wasn’t even thinking about a return to the role. So when the Spider-Man: Far from Home producers contacted his agent, it was “a complete surprise phone call,” as he tells Collider. (His interview with the site was part of a promotion for the upcoming 4k Blu-Ray release of Whiplash, by the way.)

Of course, Simmons obviously reprised the character (uh, spoiler alert), appearing in a mid-credits scene. Unlike the meme version of himself, based on his previous portrayal, he doesn’t demand pictures of the webbed crusader. Instead, via his new conspiracy-soaked website version of The Daily Bugle, he reveals Spider-Man’s real identity to the world.

He also told Collider that it was important to him that this Jameson retained a link to the past. He said, “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.” Sure.

Other Details from Simmons on Spider-Man Future

simmons spider-man future image via Sony Pictures

So will we see the character again? After all, inclusion in a mid- or post-credits scene isn’t a guarantee of future appearances. (Get me pictures of Howard the Duck!) As such, the only answer anyone can give you right now is “uh…maybe?” Accordingly, that was basically Simmons’s response:

There is a distinct chance, there have been discussions, and I’m not going to say anything definitive, 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.

Yeah, I’m still sticking with “Triple J.” Anyway, would you like to see more Triple J, ahem ahem, in the MCU? As always, share those thoughts by typing them carefully in the comment box or by getting in touch on the socials.

featured image via Sony Pictures Releasing

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Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. She now splits her time between the Appalachian wilds (of Alabama) and the considerably more refined streets of New York City. When she's not yelling about pop culture on the internet, she's working on a supernatural thriller about her hometown. Also, we're pretty sure she's a werewolf.

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