Following the release of Avengers: Endgame , MCU fans have speculated what Feige and Co. had in store for their audience in Marvel's Phase 4.
Spider-Man: Far From Home , the final installment in the MCU's Phase 3, pulled a bait and switch with audiences by including the multiverse as part of Quentin Beck's deception.
But then, once audiences had dismissed the multiverse along with Beck's false persona, J.K. Simmons appeared in a post-credits scene as a slightly varied version of J. Jonah Jameson , a role the actor originally performed in Sam Raimi's original Spider-Man trilogy starring Tobey Maguire.
Speculation of the MCU actually tackling the multiverse ramped up with the announcement of 2022's Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness , but nothing quite compares to the multiverse rumors of Spider-Man: No Way Home including both heroes and villains from past Spider-Man films.
While a Spidey reunion has (sort of?) been denied by Tom Holland , fans should expect to see J.K. Simmons' take on the tough-talking news boss to make a comeback in Spider-Man 3 later this year.
WHO SAYS YOU CAN'T GO HOME
In an interview with ComicBook.com , J.K. Simmons shared that he's "...pretty sure people know that I might be showing up in Spider-Man Land again..." while speaking about his superhero roles.
"I never know what I'm allowed to talk about or not."
While Simmons' did say he might be showing up, it's hard to believe the actor would've made the comment if he truly wasn't in the third Spider-Man installment.
There's also the possibility that Simmons will be appearing in one of Sony's Spider-Man spin-off movies in the SUMC (Sony Universe of Marvel Characters). The next two on the docket are Venom: Let There Be Carnage , set to release in September , as well as Morbius, which is currently slated for a January 2022 debut .
DON'T CALL IT A COMEBACK
Granted, this news isn't entirely unexpected considering J.Jonah Jameson revealed Spidey's identity as Peter Parker at the end of Far From Home seemingly setting up events in motion for the third film.
Still, this comment from Simmons confirms the fans' expectations and begs the question of how Peter Parker's exposed identity will impact his character's journey and possibly contribute to the role of the multiverse.
Plus, more of Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson is never a bad thing, unless, of course, you're Peter Parker!
Marvel Studios' Spider-Man 3, now subtitled No Way Home, is set to release in theaters on December 21, 2021.