Hosting with Betty Brant
Jason Ionello was a student at the Midtown School of Science and Technology and also co-hosted the school's news channel, Midtown News, with Betty Brant. In 2016 as Midtown's homecoming dance was approaching, Ionello reminded students to buy tickets to the event, leading him to ask Brant if she had a date. An awkward on-screen moment then ensued when Brant told Ionello that she already did.
During a physical education class, Ionello sat with Liz Toomes, Seymour O'Reilly and Brant, listening to his friends commenting on the Robbery of the Queens Community Bank and how Spider-Man had intervened. Like everyone else, Ionello was surprised to hear Ned Leeds claiming that Peter Parker knew Spider-Man.
Ionello later reported the victory of Midtown's Academic Decathlon team in Washington, D.C., as well as their Rescue at the Washington Monument by Spider-Man. Ionello then commented that a "Spider-Man-mania" was overrunning the school and invited the students to find creative ways to express their admiration for the hero.
At the homecoming dance, Ionello hung out with Brant, Toomes, and O'Reilly for some time.
After the homecoming dance, Ionello and Brant informed the students about Shocker being found in the school's bus yard, webbed to a bus with Spider-Man's Synthetic Webbing. They also presented a news segment in which various people across the school, including Roger Harrington, Michelle Jones and Leeds, were asked about their insights regarding Spider-Man's true identity.
Snapped and Blipped
In 2018, Ionello was a victim of the Snap, but was restored to life in 2023 by the Blip. In 2024, Ionello explained that he was shocked to find that his little brother was now older than him, and that he would be forced to restart his school year from scratch, despite having already taken his midterm. He then asked about the Avengers’ whereabouts and whether or not they were still functional.
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- In the comics, Jason Ionello was a practical joker and part of Flash Thompson's gang. He was particularly close to Sally Avril and much like her, idolized Spider-Man while looking down on Peter Parker. After accidentally getting involved in a crash that ended Avril's life, Ionello became withdrawn and suicidal until he was convinced to blame someone else by Vulture.