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JK Simmons appearing as J Jonah Jameson in Venom: Let There Be Carnage confirmed?

August 18th, 2021 by Marc Comments

It looks like our suspicions/hopes have been proven real as it seems JK Simmons, last seen in the MCU as J Jonah Jameson at the end of Spider-man: Far From Home, is back, linking movies together, in the upcoming Venom: Let There Be Carnage which arrives on October 15th.

We’ve believed for a while now that Simmons would appear in Venom but had no real proof (more on that in a minute). However, VUE Cinemas in the UK (see Tweet below) have put a new synopsis of the Venom sequel which has the cast list as such: “Features Michelle Williams (Venom, The Greatest Showman), J.K. Simmons (Justice League, Whiplash, Spider-Man: Far From Home), Naomie Harris (Moonlight, No Time To Die), Stephen Graham (Line of Duty, Rocketman, The Irishman) and Tom Hollander (Bohemian Rhapsody, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle).”

Now, in June 2020 we ran a story (here) about how Simmons revealed he has filmed another appearance as J Jonah Jameson and while we speculated on where this could be, our hearts seemed set on it being Let There Be Carnage as, at that stage, it has finished filming. At the time we wrote: J Jonah’s son, John Jonah Jameson III, was in the first Venom movie and he died pretty early on and in the comics – Google it – Jameson believed Spider-man was responsible for the death of his son, so my guess is we’ll see this at least hinted at in the Venom sequel, with Jameson being present in the movie.

So it still makes sense to us that this is where we see him next.

And now we know that the Sony Marvel movies are now connected to the MCU, so his appearance – especially since it’s Sony and they have control over Spider-man and their own movies – makes a lot of sense.

Adding to this, Sony boss Sanford Panitch said recently that there’s a plan for their movies’ place in the MCU: “I think now maybe it’s getting a little more clear for people where we’re headed and I think when No Way Home comes out, even more will be revealed.

“We have this very excellent relationship with Kevin [Feige, Marvel boss],” he added.

“There’s an incredible sandbox there to play with. We want those MCU movies to be absolutely huge, because that’s great for us and our Marvel characters, and I think that’s the same thing on their side. But we have a great relationship. There’s lots of opportunities, I think, that are going to happen.”

Indeed, Feige himself said recently when the topic of Venom meeting Spider-man came up: “I don’t want to obviously talk about rumors or speculation on what could happen and what couldn’t happen as it relates to any characters that Marvel Studios hasn’t brought to the screen yet.

“But I will say what I’ve always said, which is having been with Marvel for 20 years I wouldn’t dismiss anything. I wouldn’t rule anything out completely. When and how and where remains to be seen. Any rumor that you read online could happen anytime between tomorrow and never.”

So yeah, we don’t think Simmons appearing in Venom: Let There Be CArnage is that big a stretch after all.


Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….