J. Jonah Jameson spills details about that abandoned Spider-Man 4

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Dec 14, 2012

Actor J.K. Simmons, who played Daily Bugle editor J. Jonah Jameson in the first three Spider-Man movies, revealed some interesting info about where his character would have gone in the now-abandoned Spider-Man 4.

As you may recall, Spider-Man 4 was underway at one point with Sam Raimi returning to direct and stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst also coming back as Spidey/Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson. Not much was known about the script except that the villains were going to be the Vulture and possibly the Black Cat, with John Malkovich on board to play the former.

However, when Raimi walked due to battles with the studio over time constraints and script issues, the entire movie was scrapped and the franchise rebooted with a new director (Marc Webb) and new Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). That movie is shooting now and will arrive next year.

According to Reelz, however, Simmons says he's still "reeling from the rug being pulled out" and revealed some details about what was going to happen to Jameson in that fourth movie.

Simmons explained that the caustic newspaperman was going to be "somehow exiled or disgraced or demoted and end up in some little cubicle somewhere and be railing, even more than usual, against the world."

The actor added that he had not seen a full script, but "I had seen Sam a few weeks before that and we talked about story ideas, because on those movies, we always started on the script and we expanded on it. There was a lot of either us coming up with stuff in the room or doing it literally on set—a lot of improv-y stuff with the whole cast in those office scenes."

Simmons, who said that he "just bought a house I can't afford," was looking forward to returning to the series, but was not approached to join the reboot. In fact, no one has been cast as Jameson yet, and the word is that the character doesn't even show up in the new film, which takes Spider-Man back to the beginning of his career.

Should J. Jonah Jameson show up in the Spider-Man reboot? And even if he doesn't turn up until the almost inevitable sequel, do you think Simmons should get the call?

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