This story contains MASSIVE spoilers for Spider-Man: Far From Home, so seriously, STOP reading now if you haven’t yet seen the movie. We’re about to discuss one of the movie’s biggest surprises.
The first mid-credits sequence in Spider-Man: Far From Home is a jaw-dropper. It is, without exaggeration, the best mid-credits scene in the history of the MCU (which is saying a lot), and for Spider-Man fans, it’s a moment we have been waiting for ever since Andrew Garfield stepped into his own Spider-Man movies, and ESPECIALLY since Tom Holland carried Peter Parker over to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
J. Jonah Jameson and the Daily Bugle are officially part of the MCU.
The cameo is a thing of beauty. Spider-Man (Tom Holland) has just dropped MJ (Zendaya) off on a New York City street, and is about to swing away when a news broadcast on a large screen catches his attention. Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) has one more trick up his sleeve. He has manipulated footage to accuse Spidey of the drone attack in London, and at the end of the clip, he reveals Peter Parker’s identity to the world.
Shocking! But even better is that the news is delivered by the publisher of TheDailyBugle.net, and it’s none other than JK Simmons back in the role of the perpetually disgruntled J. Jonah Jameson.
We were lucky enough to speak with Spider-Man: Far From Home director Jon Watts on an episode of the ReelBlend podcast, and when we reached spoiler territory, our very first question had to be about the return of JK Simmons, and the introduction of J. Jonah Jameson into the MCU. He told us:
Jon Watts was not the only one with goosebumps. I screamed out loud when Simmons returned to the screen as J. Jonah Jameson – not just because he’s perfect for the part, and basically the only person who can play Jameson, but because I want him in the MCU making life miserable for Peter.
By the end of Far From Home, Peter Parker has evolved beyond Queens. He has stepped out of Tony Stark’s shadow, and he’s ready to be his own hero. And he needs his classic antagonist. We are SO ready to see where this crazy twist goes in what we expect will be a third Spider-Man movie in the MCU.
What did you think? What was your reaction to JK Simmons returning to the role of J. Jonah Jameson? How did your theater react? Head to the comments and share what happened when this jaw-dropping scene played out.
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Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. Having been with the site since 2011, Sean interviewed myriad directors, actors and producers, and created ReelBlend, which he proudly cohosts with Jake Hamilton and Kevin McCarthy. And he's the author of RELEASE THE SNYDER CUT, the Spider-Man history book WITH GREAT POWER, and an upcoming book about Bruce Willis.