Who is J.B. Smoove Playing in Spider-Man: Far From Home?
Comedian J.B Smoove has officially joined the cast of Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Smoove is best known for his role in Curb Your Enthusiasm. What could he be doing in Far From Home? Could he be the MCU’s version of J. Jonah Jameson? Doubtful, as I don’t think Marvel wants to bring Jameson into the MCU at all. J.K. Simmons was iconic in the role and nobody wants to compete with that.
Could he be a villain? It’s a possibility, but we already have Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio as the primary villain and Michael Keaton’s Vulture is returning in some capacity. So I’m not sure there’s room for another antagonist, especially one described as a lead. However, if he were to play a villain, Chameleon would be great choice.
But here’s who I think he’s really playing: Robbie Robertson, a top editor at the Daily Bugle. It’s about time the newspaper enters the MCU, and if Marvel wants to avoid casting their own Jameson, Robertson would be the right man to lead the paper. Robertson was a big supporter of Spider-Man in the comics and often tried to dissuade Jameson from discrediting him. Robertson even served as editor-in-chief of the Daily Bugle, so they could certainly go that direction. Maybe Jameson is already retired when this movie takes place.
I know what you're thinking; Robertson’s demeanor was serious in the comics, but I’d imagine they’ll change that on screen. Smoove is a terrific comedic actor so that’s likely where they’d take the character. Since the previous Spider-Man trilogy featured a Daily Bugle hostile to Spidey and Peter Parker, this would be a chance to do it differently.
Robertson also had a son, Randy, who became Peter’s friend. That opens the door for Randy or another of Peter’s friends to be introduced either in this movie or a future sequel.
Why would Robertson be in Europe, where Far From Home is set to take place? My guess is he’s chasing down a major story; maybe it even involves Mysterio. That could be how Peter and Robertson become acquainted.
So that’s my take on J.B. Smoove’s role in Spider-Man: Far From Home. There’s a great chance he’ll be bringing Robbie Robertson to the MCU.