What Could Have Been Part 4: A "Disgraced" J. Jonah Jameson in Spider-Man 4
Posted 01.26.11 by Ryan
Not much is known about Spider-Man 4, the sequel director Sam Raimi was preparing for Sony, other than it was going to feature John Malkovich as the Vulture, and possibly also include the Black Cat , until Raimi decided he couldn't make the movie in Sony's timeframe and quit the project, leaving Sony to reboot the franchise. Fans had a mixed reaction to the news, while Malkovich admitted he was "disappointed" by the decision, and he wasn't the only cast member to feel that way.
Actor J.K. Simmons, who played J. Jonah Jameson for all three Spider-Man movies, recently admitted to MTV that he is still "reeling from the rug being pulled out" and revealed a few more details about the abandoned sequel.
J. Jonah Jameson 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.
Simmons didn't know the exact details of Jameson's fate, since he hadn't seen the Spider-Man 4 script just yet.
There wasn't a script-script yet, 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 also said that he was looking forward to working on another trilogy of Spider-Man movies. "I had just bought a house I can't afford," the actor explained.
So far, no actor has been cast as Jameson in the reboot, with the character reportedly not appearing in upcoming reboot. Should the character return in later sequels, we still can't see another actor playing the characters besides Simmons.
Interested in more "What Could Have Been's"? Part 1 examined what X-Men 3 would have been like if director Bryan Singer hadn't left the project, while Part 2 discussed a potential Superman 5, and Part 3 dealt with the abandoned Justice League movie.