Note: Contains spoilers for Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Spider-Man: Far From Home director Jon Watts has revealed he would never consider anyone else other than JK Simmons for the role of Daily Bugle’s editor.
Fans will probably remember that Simmons played the role of the New York tabloid newspaper’s editor J Jonah Jameson in the Spider-Man trilogy with Tobey Maguire.
The news mogul was obsessed with revealing the true identity of our friendly neighbourhood hero.
Of course, Simmons’ appearance in Far From Home came as a shock to many, not only because he appeared in Sam Raimi’s original Spider-Man movies – but his cameo opened the question of how he fills in the current MCU.
Speaking to Digital Spy, Watts has now explained that it had to be Simmons who would play the iconic role of Daily Bugle’s editor, as they would have never done it without him.
When asked if he’d ever considered anybody else for the role, the director said: “No, never. As soon as we realised that we were going to use the Daily Bugle to expose Spider-Man’s real identity, there was never a question.
“It had to be JK Simmons, and if he hadn’t wanted to do it, we probably wouldn’t have done it.”
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Of course, that opens the burning question if Simmons is the same J Jonah Jameson as the one in Maguire’s Spider-Man movies.
“That gets way too complicated for me,” Watts said.
“A lot of people have asked that and you get into a very, very strange timeline which I am not ready to wrap my head around just yet,” the director added.