Spider-Man: Far From Home’s mid-credits scene was quite the shocker, as not only did it show Peter Parker being framed for murder and his secret identity being revealed to the public by the late Mysterio (but is he really dead?), but this doctored footage was screened by TheDailyBugle.net’s J. Jonah Jameson, played by none other than J.K. Simmons, who previously played the character in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy.
Now that Spider-Man: Far From Home is in the middle of its home media release, Sony Pictures has released a little extra Jameson goodness with the below video of him, you guessed it, declaring Spider-Man a menace and touting Mysterio as a true hero. Oh, if he only knew the truth.
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, rather than being a traditional newspaper, The Daily Bugle is a controversial online news outlet, but J. Jonah Jameson is still running the show, this time resembling an Alex Jones-like figure. And in keeping with the character’s usual depictions, he’s developed a hatred of Spider-Man, which was born following Spider-Man: Far From Home’s mains story when he was sent the footage that paints the Web-Slinger in a villainous light, when that couldn’t be further from the truth.
But wait, the Daily Bugle fun doesn’t stop there! In addition to releasing this clip, Sony has also set up an actual TheDailyBugle.net you can visit. Head there to learn about people’s thoughts on The Blip, speculation on the mysterious Night Monkey, the failure of the Area 51 raid and, in case the above video wasn’t enough for you, more anti-Spider-Man propaganda.
Knowing that Spider-Man: Far From Home was going to end with Peter Parker’s superhero identity to the world through the media, director Jon Watts naturally thought that J. Jonah Jameson would be the perfect person to announce this news and sought out J.K. Simmons to reprise the role. After getting Sam Raimi’s blessing, Simmons accepted the opportunity and shot all his Daily Bugle scenes in a Marvel conference room at the last minute to keep the cameo hush-hush.
Thanks to J. Jonah Jameson unwittingly carrying out Mysterio’s contingency plan, Tom Holland’s Peter Parker now resembles his comic book counterpart even more, where the public is distrustful of him and the authorities want to arrest him. And while you might think that his connection to the Avengers might help with improving his reputation, given the recently dissolved relationship between Disney and Sony, Spidey won’t be able to be able to turn to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes for help.
The future of the live action Spider-Man film series remains shrouded in uncertainty following the hero’s removal from the MCU, but since J. Jonah Jameson is a Spider-Man character first and foremost, ideally he can still be around for the next movie. Whether he continues his crusade against Spider-Man through the press or bankrolls the creation of a new super villain, it’d be nice to see more of this Jameson making Spidey’s life hell.
Spider-Man: Far From Home is now available on Digital HD, and you can pick up a Blu-ray/DVD copy starting next Tuesday, October 1. Don’t forget to look through our 2019 release schedule to learn when the rest of this year’s movies are coming out.