With the untitled Spider-Man reboot drawing nearer and nearer, fans are begging to finally get a glimpse of what we will see in the upcoming film. From the villain to the title, we really do not know much at all. All we know is who will play Peter Parker and Aunt May — the rest is still in the dark for us!
Recently, a petition was circulated, demanding that the former actor for Daily Bugle Editor J. Jonah James reprises his role in the reboot. Though this is a fun idea, Marvel and Sony will most likely not look to bring J. K. Simmons back for the role. Though Simmons showed slight interest during an interview, Marvel/Sony will most likely prefer taking a fresh approach — plus Simmons would probably charge a lot more now that he has an Oscar under his belt.
So who could play this legendary character? Some people say Stan Lee, who the character was based off, but Stan The Man declined the role due to age concerns back when the original Spider-Man was being made. He would certainly decline the opportunity again if asked today, 15 years later.
But then, a bright idea came into someone's head. Earlier this week, the Marvel Cinematic Universe Facebook fan page shared the perfect idea for who could play this mean-spirited editor:
Ice Cube really is the perfect choice for the role. As the Facebook page argued, "If you can't beat J. K. Simmons then do something radically different that works too." Ice Cube is a departure from the J. Jonah Jameson we have grown to love, but he really could pull it off and make us love the character in a new and fun way.
We don't love Jameson based on his appearance, but rather by how funny he is and how quick to anger he can be. Ice has played this kind of character in almost every movie he's been in. I could easily see Ice yelling at Peter Parker about getting a picture of Spider-Man on his desk, posthaste.
Not only can Ice's comedic timing perfectly meld with that of the characters, but his age can match Jameson's as well. Ice is currently in his mid-40s. This is relatively the same age as J. Jonah Jameson.
In addition, if Ice is willing to shave his beard down to a mustache, he really could become our beloved Spider-Man antagonist. His appearance would not be exactly identical to the comics, for obvious reasons, but this is exactly what Marvel has been going for of late. It didn't give Baron Strucker his famous metal arm in Avengers: Age Of Ultron, and race swapping is a common thing in Marvel comics (just look at Nick Fury). Why not cast someone of a different color as J. Jonah Jameson if we know for a fact that he can do the role justice?
Ice Cube's hilarious role in 21 Jump Street is a prime example of what we could see him do in the Spider-Man reboot — as long as they cut down on the cursing. In 21 Jump Street, Ice played the foul-mouthed, quick-to-anger police captain who was in charge of the entire undercover operation. Why not cast him as the foul-mouthed, quick-to-anger newspaper editor who hates Spider-Man's guts?
Watch the clip from 21 Jump Street below, where we first meet Ice's character. His angry attitude could really be utilized by Marvel and Sony for the upcoming reboot.
Ice really does have my vote for the role of J. Jonah Jameson. Unfortunately, Marvel doesn't hold elections (bummer). Hopefully, if this theory is shared enough, someone at Marvel might see it, and hopefully that someone at Marvel will love it as much as I do.
Ice Cube is a great choice for J. Jonah Jameson, and it was a really great fan cast by that Marvel Cinematic Universe fan page. His anger, his comedic timing and even his appearance could bring the beloved Daily Bugle editor to life and give us an adaptation that is even better than that of J. K. Simmons.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading!
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