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No Way Home Decision That Had J.K. Simmons ‘Caught Off-Guard’

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Previously, the live-action Jameson was portrayed as being a gruff, perpetually angry newspaper publisher who demanded pictures of Spider-Man (an individual he hated). For “Far from Home” and “No Way Home,” Jameson was reimagined as a cable TV shock jock and conspiracy theorist in the mold of real-life a-hole like Alex Jones. Despite the reimagining, though, Simmons felt that his character should, at the very least, look the same. Like Superman’s “S” or Spider-Man’s over-the-head pajamas, Jameson’s flattop, cigar, and little mustache are indelible parts of the character, Simmons reasoned.

However, according to the actor, “all the bigwigs at Sony” wanted Jameson to be bald and clean-shaven. He continued:

“[Sony told me] ‘No, we don’t want you to have the flattop haircut and I was like, ‘Wait, wait, wait. What?’ […] ‘Yeah, we don’t want the cigar and the mustache,’ […] So, it was a negotiation then at that point. […] Obviously, the most important thing is that he’s still the same blowhard and he does have the same damn mustache, close to it, and cigar at least.” 

It seems that Simmons lost the negotiation when it came to the hair. The MCU version of J. Jonah Jameson is bald. 

The visual changes to the character might well have been made for legal reasons. To this day, Sony still owns the film rights to Spider-Man and lent them to Disney so they could include Spider-Man in the MCU. If the MCU was to use Sony-established characters, part of their contract likely dictated that the new versions be legally distinct. Hence, Simmons sported his own bald head and an altered mustache. 

But then, what if Simmons is J. Jonah Jameson in every Spider-Man universe? It’s possible there are millions of Jamesons, each one sporting a slightly different look.



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