Why J. Jonah Jameson Has Different Look

  • JK Simmons returns as J. Jonah Jameson in “Spider-Man: No Way Home.”
  • When asked to reprise his role, he was told that they wanted Jameson to look different.
  • “It was a negotiation at the time,” Simmons told Josh Horowitz on the Happy, Sad, Confused podcast.

JK Simmons reprises his role as Daily Bugle editor J. Jonah Jameson in “Spider-Man: No Way Home” in December, but it wouldn’t look like Jameson fans remember him from the Spidey trilogy by Tobey Maguire.

The signature flat haircut is gone. Instead, Jameson, who now hosts TheDailyBugle.net, went bald.

JJ Jameson debuted his new look in the 2019 movie ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’.

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It’s a look the actor originally asked when asked to return for the role as a secret cameo at the end of 2019’s “Spider-Man: Far From Home” before joining “No Way Home.”

“Honestly, I wish he still had the same hair,” Simmons said in a new interview with Josh Horowitz on the Happy, Sad, Confused podcast.

Simmons said returning to “Far From Home” seemed like a last-minute addition. By the time he had a meeting with “All the Big Wigs at Sony” and they were in agreement that he would be back, he was told they were filming his “The Day After Tomorrow” scene.

There were only a few other details.

“No, we don’t want you to do a flat head haircut and I was like, ‘Wait, wait, wait. What? Simmons said when he learned they wanted Jameson to look different when he re-enacted different characters.

“Yeah, we don’t want the cigar and the mustache,” Simmons said, ditched a bit because those are the two essential elements of a newspaper editor’s comic book character. “So, it was negotiations at the time.”

Simmons hasn’t won his hair, but, as you can see in the “Away from Home” and “No Way Home” trailers, he has a “Stitch.”

Jonah Jameson in Spider-Man: Far From Home

What does J. Jonah Jameson look like in ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’.

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“Obviously the most important thing is that he’s still the same shit and has the same damn mustache, close to it, and cigars at least,” Simmons said.

The actor told Collider in 2020 that he was “very attached” to what he previously did with Jameson in the Tobey Maguire Spidey trilogy, but because they needed to film his cameo in a quick turnaround, they didn’t have time to make a wig. The hair loss was part of the settlement.

Do the subtle changes mean we’re seeing a completely different version of Jameson in “No Way Home”?

“I think it’s a slightly different version,” Simmons said of the Jameson we’ll see on screen. “Sure, from the creators of this iteration of the story, she’s a completely different character. To me, it’s a slightly different character. It’s the same blonde…same guy with less hair.”

J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson in

JK Simmons is seen as J. Jonah Jameson in a new trailer for “Spider-Man: No Way Home.”

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This makes sense because “No Home” tends to introduce the multiverse.

Alfred Molina, Jamie Foxx and Willem Dafoe joined Simmons in reprising their characters from other Sony “Spider-Man” films to clash with Tom Holland’s version of Peter Parker in the new movie.

In the movie, which comes out next month, Peter tries to get Doctor Strange to cast a spell so that everyone will forget he’s Spider-Man. Unfortunately, the spell goes awry, and somehow, characters from previous Spider-Man movies enter Peter’s world.

Peter Parker and Dr. Strange in Spider-Man: No Way Home

Dr. Strange attempts to perform a spell in Spider-Man: No Way Home, but Peter Parker interferes.

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Simmons will likely play a multiplex version of Jameson in “No Way Home” set in Tom Holland’s Spidey universe, but he’s slightly different from Tobey Maguire’s character. You can rest assured that Jameson’s iconic character is still likely to be found in Sony’s SpiderVerse. Maybe we’ll even be able to see it.

Simmons scoffed at not expecting to see much of Jameson in the sequel.

“As befitting of that character,” Simmons said of his character, “it’s just the kind of comedic relief that gets sprinkled lightly in the movie.”

Right now, you can get your JJ Jameson fix on a new Tik Tok channel for The Daily Bugle, which launched this week.

“Spider-Man: No Way Home” will be released in theaters December 17th.

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