MAJOR SPOILERS FOR SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME
Spider-Man: Far From Home isn’t just a great follow-up to Avengers: Endgame; it’s a genuinely good Spider-Man film that takes a lot of risks. While the film does have bits and pieces of the MCU formula, the first post-credits sequence changes the character’s status quo in a massive way, guaranteeing things will never be the same (ironically, unlike a Marvel comic book).
During the mid-credits scene, Mysterio frames Spider-Man, making it seem like the wallcrawler killed him. As if that wasn’t enough, Mysterio also reveals to the world that Spider-Man is in fact Peter Parker. And who decides to reveal all of this; J.Jonah Jameson in his MCU debut and he’s played by J.K. Simmons, who portrayed this same character during Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy.
In an interview with Screen Rant, Kevin Feige expanded on Jameson’s new role in the MCU. It seems like Jameson’s character will be similar to what it was in the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon and Spider-Man PS4, where he won’t be a newspaper publisher but will instead have a presence as an Alex Jones-style host of The Daily Bugle.
"He wasn’t in either of the two Amazing [Spider-Man films], so we felt like we had to do that at some point. Homecoming didn’t seem like the right idea, and then 95% of Far From Home takes place outside the city. So it felt like that was the opportunity to do a number of things. One: to have Mysterio win in a way that you’re not expecting, to have Mysterio pull one last trick on him. And in those conversations with Jameson, it was always about how the notion of the powerful publisher doesn’t exist anymore.
"Selling newspapers, “get ‘em out, they gotta go to print!” is a very romanticized notion that doesn’t exist anymore. So, you know, in the Ultimates there was the Daily Bugle website and things like that. But taking it into an even more contemporary radical left and radical right news journalist that kind of scream in front of the camera. And thinking, “Who could do it?”
"The thing is, JK Simmons is such a versatile actor. Look at what he’s done over the years since his iconic portrayal of this character in the Sam Raimi films. And then all of his work, Whiplash being one of the biggest ones. It can be the same actor with that somewhat similar voice inflection, but with a totally different persona. That had never been done before. We really liked the idea that it’s a new Jameson, he’s not from another dimension or multiverse or something like that. It’s a new Jameson in this world played by the same actor."
Spider-Man: Far From Home is now showing in theaters.