‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’: Is JK Simmons’ Daily Bugle Still a Newspaper?

Keeping up with superheroes, origins, and upgrades can seem a daunting task. Following the development of a supporting character’s newspaper business on top of it all seems irritating. As JK Simmons returns as J. Jonah Jameson in Spider-Man: No Way Home, audiences will see a different version of the Daily Bugle entirely.

Robert F. Simon, Chip Fields, Nicholas Hammond, and Ellen Bry Spider-Man, J. Jonah Jameson and Daily Bugle staff
Robert F. Simon, Chip Fields, Nicholas Hammond, and Ellen Bry | CBS via Getty Images

Peter Parker, Daily Bugle freelance photographer

The Daily Bugle has long been a staple of Spider-Man comics and movies. Unlike Clark Kent or Bruce Banner, Peter Parker never tied down the most steady jobs.

However, he could pose for a decent picture. Since he always knew where the webhead would show up, he could always get Jameson pictures of Spider-Man.

Ironically, the head of the Daily Bugle had a ‘strong distrust’ of men in masks, to put things lightly. J. Jonah Jameson, portrayed by JK Simmons in both the Sam Raimi trilogy and Marvel Cinematic Universe, made an impact on fans.

Using Parker’s photos in a years-long smear campaign against the web-slinging hero, the newspaper made name for itself calling Spider-Man a menace.

As the times change in our world, so did Spider-Man’s world. With many people receiving their news online, the Daily Bugle began struggling.

Eventually, the iconic newspaper was bought out.

However, the thick-headed J. Jonah Jameson did not give up so easily.

Fact Channel News and Threats & Menaces

After a stint as New York City’s mayor, Jameson was offered a job at Fact Channel News. Thanks to his years of experience in the newspaper, his reputation preceded him.

Of course, the news station fell victim to a Spider-Man, Black Cat, and Electro fight on his very first night on the air.

When that venture failed to take off, Jameson went back to what he did best: conspiracies about Spider-Man.

Starting a conspiracy blog called ‘Threats & Menaces,’ Jameson poured his heart and soul into dragging Spider-Man’s name through the mud once again. The angry rants, raving and the star power of his name led to some moderate success.

The after-credits scene in Spider-Man: Far From Home showed Jameson unveiling the Mysterio clip. It seemed to confirm the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s JJJ was at this point of online reporting as well.

The Daily Bugle; a web news media outlet

It is ironic how J. Jonah Jameson ended up on the web.

Sony released a promotional ‘news’ website at thedailybugle.net, where the outlet ran the Blip Blog where they interviewed victims and survivors of The Blip.

The biggest impact looks to be Jameson leading the charge against Peter Parker, whose identity went public after Mysterio sent a video out.

Leaning on his classic ‘menace’ rants, the online Daily Bugle might find itself integral in convincing Peter to seek out Dr. Strange’s help.

However, continuous rumors around Sony’s Venom franchise crossing over with Tom Holland’s Spider-Man bring up a curious question. A Daily Bugle newspaper already appeared in the first Venom movie.

Could audiences see a ‘Jameson: Into the Jameson-Verse’ movie?

Well, that’s highly unlikely, but whether in print or online, JK Simmons’ Jameson and the Daily Bugle cannot resist causing grief for the web-slinger.

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