J.K. Simmons has discussed a potential comeback in Spider-Man 4 by Sam Raimi. In 2002’s Spider-Man, Simmons made his film debut as the cranky publisher of the Daily Bugle newspaper. He later appeared in the remaining two films of Raimi’s trilogy. Years later, during the post-credits scene of Spider-Man: Far From Home, the Oscar-winning actor would return as a different J. Jonah Jameson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, setting up his larger role in Spider-Man: No Way Home. Raimi’s abandoned Spider-Man 4 has rekindled interest since Tobey Maguire came back as the web-slinger in the multiverse MCU film.
J. Jonah Jameson actor J.K. Simmons recently made an appearance on the Inside of You with Michael Rosenbaum podcast when the subject of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 4 came up.
Simmons replied “Absolutely” when asked directly if he would do another Spider-Man film if Raimi approached him, going on to say he would accept almost any proposal the director approached him about. Here is his complete response:
“Absolutely. I would do anything that Sam Raimi approached me with. I mean, almost anything.”
How Simmons’ J. Jonah Might Return
Simmons could theoretically make a comeback in either Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 4 or the MCU’s Spider-Man 4 given the current state of affairs and the fact that Jameson versions exist in both universes. Since Spider-Man: No Way Home seemed to be opening a new chapter in Tom Holland’s Spider-story, Man’s the latter project is much more likely. Although Spider-Man: No Way Home broke box office records when it was released in theaters over a year ago, there have been no significant updates or visible advancements on Spider-Man 4 in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Raimi’s Spider-Man 4: Will It Be Made?
Before being abandoned, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 4 was in production. Instead, the franchise was restarted with Marc Webb as director & Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man. There has been a resurgence of interest in seeing the long-lost sequel actually take place since Maguire’s return as the web-slinger in Spider-Man: No Way Home. Raimi joining the MCU as the director of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and maintaining good relations with Sony both help.
Even though Raimi has said he’s open to producing Spider-Man 4, he doesn’t currently have any plans and doubts it could coincide with Holland’s ongoing Spider-Man series. It would also be necessary for Maguire to make a comeback in Raimi’s Spider-Man 4, even though he hasn’t shown any interest in the potential project. Other celebrities, including Kirsten Dunst, who portrayed Mary Jane Watson in Raimi’s trilogy, have expressed interest in doing so. Simmons is the most recent to do so, and his enthusiastic response is proof positive that if Raimi’s Spider-Man 4 is ever made and the director approaches the Jameson actor, he will accept the role without hesitation.