There are many, many things to love about Sam Raimi's take on the Spider-Man franchise (though we admit that the less said about certain scenes in Spider-Man 3 the better). But there's a particular character who stole the show even more than the titular webslinger, and that's actor J.K. Simmons and his take on Peter Parker's boss, the Spider-Man hating J. Jonah Jameson.
In case you need a refresher of his greatest hits, check out this fan made video by FarazParsa on YouTube.
The academy award winning J. K. Simmons — a long standing and prolific film actor best known for Whiplash (2014) and the aforementioned Spider-Man role — was universally loved by fans in the role of Jameson, also voicing the character in the Ultimate Spider-Man, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, and Marvel's Avengers Assemble.
Typically portrayed as the editor-in-chief of the Daily Bugle — a staple in the Marvel comics universe and sometimes employer of Spidey's alter ego, Peter Parker — J. Jonah Jameson has been a long standing thorn in Spider-Man's side with his anti-superhero agenda. He's been around in the comic books since the early 1960s but first appeared on the big screen in Raimi's Spider-Man in 2002, played by Simmons.
So adored is Jameson's iteration of the character that a petition was started on Change.org lobbying for Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios and generally accepted as the creative head of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, to recast Simmons in the role of J. Jonah Jameson for the MCU reboot — the as yet Untitled Spider-Man film set to release in 2017 and starring newcomer Tom Holland in the titular role.
There's been no confirmation as of yet regarding the rest of the cast and crew for the Spider-Man reboot, with only Holland and Marisa Tomei (to play Aunt May) confirmed. Last year Simmons appeared on the Howard Stern show and was asked if he'd like to return to playing the role, responding "absolutely."
But the recent petition was brought to the attention of Simmons himself at the Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 27 by Entertainment Tonight, who asked him for a response to the petition. Though he downplayed the petition itself, stating that it had nothing to do with him personally, he did say that he would be open to the concept of returning to the role, though his response was less enthusiastic than you might've expected.
ET: "There's a Spider-Man reboot coming - I don't know if you've heard about this - there's a giant petition for you to reprise your role. Is that something you would ever be interested in?"
Simmons: "Ah, that petition does not come from anybody that is in a position to do anything about it... Doing those movies with Sam [Raimi] was one of the great joys of my career, you know, it was a super fun character. I'll never close the door on anything."
So, there you have it. It might be a bit of stretch for Marvel to consider recasting Simmons in a role when they're planning (yet another) reboot of the character and the universe, but I think most of us can agree that he was perfect in the role and we would welcome seeing him take another shot at it when the MCU Spider-Man finally rolls around July 7, 2017.
Especially if it means we get another scene like this: