One of the great surprises in Spider-Man: Far From Home came right at the end, mid-credits, when actor J.K. Simmons — who played J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, along with voicing the character in various Marvel animated series and Sony’s Spider-Man video game — portrayed ol’ flat-top once more as an official part of the MCU.
In Far From Home, Jameson was the host of an online crackpot conspiracy show called The Daily Bugle, who believed Quentin Beck’s lies hook, line, and sinker – claiming that Mysterio was the greatest superhero of all time.
In a recent edition of PeopleTV’s Couch Surfing, Simmons was asked if fans should expect to see Jameson again in the next Spider-Man film. Simmons made it clear that while he’d signed on for sequels, it was up for the studio to decide if the character was returning or not. “I don’t know if I would use the word expect,” he said, as a way of tempering the anticipation.
“It’s great to have the opportunity, as these things evolve,” he added, “to be one of the holdovers from the previous version.”
Simmons also thought back to his first time auditioning for Raimi’s first Spider-Man film, which is something he had to do despite having worked with Raimi on two other films (For Love of the Game, The Gift). Simmons described the process as “nerve-wracking.”
“The producers and the people at Sony, they needed to be convinced,” he said, “because obviously, there were a lot of much more high-profile actors that they had in mind that would help with the box office.”
Plus, Simmons audition was the scene where the Green Goblin busted through the wall of Jameson’s Daily Bugle office and choked him, lifting him up in the air. “I’m holding the script pages,” Simmons remembered, “reading the scene on the audition, but then at the same time, trying to…[choking noises]…pretending I’m being lifted by the neck and choked.”
You can actually check out Simmons’ screen test here, as part of one of our recent Time Capsules. The video also includes a shirtless and shredded Tobey Maguire kicking some bad guy butt.
Check out this updated look at Sony’s slate of upcoming films — including the Spider-Man 3, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2, Venom 2, and Morbius.