'Avengers: Endgame' Spoilers: Funniest 'Spider-Man' Actor Reveals His Fate
Actor Jorge Lendeborg Jr. plays the charmingly nerdy Memo in Bumblebee, but you might just recognize him for his role in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Unfortunately, for any fans of his MCU character, Jason Ionello, we have sad news to share. According to Lendeborg Jr. himself, that character probably suffered the same fate as his classmate Peter Parker at the end of Avengers: Infinity War.
“Knowing him he’s probably dead — or “disappeared” because we’re PG-13, right?” Lendeborg tells Inverse when asked about Jason’s fate. “I don’t really know for sure,”
We can’t necessarily take this as canon, but Jason had a 50-50 shot, right? And while Endgame probably won’t address whether he survived Thanos’s Decimation, we may learn more when Spider-Man: Far From Home arrives later next year.
One of the many ways that Homecoming makes Peter Parker’s high school feel like a real place is the Midtown School of Science and Technology Morning News program, a student-run production anchored by the hilariously awkward Jason and his co-host Betty Bryant. Throughout the movie — and in the following deleted scene — their newscasts offer some enjoyable comic relief in between Spider-Man’s tussle with Vulture.
“That character is so hit or miss with people,” Lendeborg says. “I feel like people that don’t get it haven’t realized that I was doing a character. They’re like, ‘Why is he being so weird and awkward!?’”
In reality, these newscasts are a great, unique way to make the Midtown School of Science and Technology feel like a real-life high school, giving us a sense of student’s day-to-day while also connecting that world with the broader story of the MCU.
The low-budget animations and transitions added to the broadcast by their behind-the-scenes crew only makes these scenes that much more humorous. Often, a live feed will replace the entire backdrop, or an image will slide right over Jason or Betty’s face, all while they stumble through their lines or Jason accidentally reads Betty’s off the teleprompter.
And Jason’s awkwardness with Betty and their tense dynamic is nothing short of hilarious, especially with all the irritated side-eye that Betty tosses him. High school continues to be awkward in the MCU, even after Avengers: Infinity War, but unfortunately it looks like Betty will probably need a new co-anchor when Spider-Man: Far From Home arrives next year.
Bumblebee is now in theaters. Spider-Man: Far From Home swings into theaters on July 5, 2019.