Far From Home Director Explains the Film’s Shocking Surprise

Warning: There are massive spoilers ahead for Spider-Man: Far From Home!

Spider-Man: Far From Home ended with Peter Parker in a very good place and secure in his new relationship. But the mid-credits scene blew up Peter’s world. The Daily Bugle’s J. Jonah Jameson (played once again by J.K. Simmons) revealed doctored videos framing Spider-Man for Mysterio’s crimes. Then Jonah outed Peter as Spider-Man in front of the whole world.

Amazingly, Simmons’ cameo wasn’t leaked ahead of time. However, director Jon Watts apparently had to keep that secret as long as possible, even from Simmons himself! While speaking with Collider, Watts revealed how Simmons came to reprise his iconic role from the Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy.

“It was always going to be him, but we didn’t want to say anything to him or to anyone because we didn’t want any press to leak out about it, via his agents or whatever,” said Watts. “So we waited until the very, very last second and called him up, and he came by and he was, ‘Wait, what? You want me to do what?’ It took him a second to understand, but as we pitched the idea he was totally on board and he really loved getting to be the person who finally outs Peter Parker.”

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According to Watts, Simmons filmed his cameo “as late as possible basically. We just set up a green screen in the conference room at Disney and he just came by. It was very strange for him too, because the first take he just launches right into that iconic character and I ruined the take because I couldn’t stop laughing. It was so amazing.”

Additionally, Watts lightly touched upon the implications of the Raimi trilogy existing within Marvel’s MCU multiverse.

“It raises some very interesting questions,” said Watts. “I don’t know that I have answers for them just yet. But, yeah, it does open up some strange possibilities by having [Jameson] be the same person.”

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