During the red carpet event for the premiere of “The Tomorrow War,” Variety Senior Culture & Events Editor Marc Malkin asked J.K. Simmons, who portrays a character named James Forester in the sci-fi action blockbuster, what it was like to return to “Spider-Man” as J. Jonah Jameson in 2019, when the last time he portrayed the character was 12 years earlier.
Simmons responded, “[It was] weird, bizarre, wonderful, you know? Of course, I was in the Sam Raimi version of that universe which I loved, loved, loved so much. Now I’m in the new version of that universe, which I’ve also embraced, and am having a great time in. And I look forward to maybe more.” He spoke that final sentence with his fingers firmly crossed, though that gesture appears to have been performative rather than a genuine expression of hope, given that Simmons is indeed listed as a part of the cast of the upcoming “Spider-Man: No Way Home” (via IMDb).
Malkin then asked Simmons what he remembers most vividly from filming the “Spider-Man” trilogy with Raimi. He recalled how Raimi was uniquely skilled at keeping his ego in check.
“Spider-Man: No Way Home,” which will feature J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson once again, will be released on December 17, 2021.