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"What is it with you and Spider-Man?"
"What? He's just awesome, okay? He protects the neighborhood, and, you know, he's inspiring. He inspires me to be a better man."
Michelle Jones and Flash Thompson[src]

Eugene "Flash" Thompson is a student who attends the Midtown School of Science and Technology. While at the school Thompson would spend much of his time tormenting his fellow classmate and decathlon partner Peter Parker, especially when Parker had just claimed to work with Tony Stark and to personally know Spider-Man, which Thompson refused to believe was possible.

Biography

Student Life

Mocking Peter Parker

"'Sup, Penis Parker!"
―Flash Thompson to Peter Parker[src]
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Thompson calls out to Peter Parker

Flash Thompson began attending Midtown High alongside Peter Parker and Ned Leeds the former of whom he would constantly harass, due to Parker's higher IQ, and his tendency to make Thompson look bad, as seen when Parker correctly answered a question that he got wrong. He was shown to come from a wealthy family, leading him to be quite arrogant, as well as, having a tendency to prioritize speed over accuracy when it came to his schoolwork and academic decathlon answers. He was also prone to goading people on, as his comments almost caused Parker to appear at Liz Toomes' party as Spider-Man.[1]

Liz Toomes' Party

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Thompson DJs at Liz Toomes' house party

"When I say 'Penis', you say 'Parker'!"
―Flash Thompson[src]

Later that Friday, Thompson would end up at Liz Toomes's party as the DJ. He would lead the crowd in a chant that would ultimately cause Peter Parker to leave.[1]

Decathlon Nationals

"Hey, Mr. Harrington, can I be the one to tell Peter he's expelled?"
―Flash Thompson to Roger Harrington[src]

After the Decathlon Nationals, Thompson was keen to hog the trophy for himself, although as Michelle Jones pointed out, he missed many of his questions.[1]

Rescue at the Washington Monument

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Thompson witnesses Spider-Man's rescue

"Are you really friends with Peter Parker?"
―Flash Thompson to Spider-Man[src]

As the bomb in Ned Leeds' backpack goes off, Thompson found himself stuck in the elevator with his classmates. As the monument's security team manage to pry open the elevator doors and provide an escape. Thompson immediately pushed his classmates out of the way and told the security team to save his decathlon trophy first then himself, to the shock of his classmates. As he is lifted out, the elevator falls, only for Spider-Man to swoop in and save the group.[1]

Lending his Car

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Thompson sees Spider-Man taking his car

"Flash, I need your car and your phone."
"Sir, technically this is my dad's car."
Spider-Man and Flash Thompson[src]

On the night of the Homecoming dance, Thompson drove his date to the Midtown School of Science and Technology. On the way there, Spider-Man jumped onto the hood of his car, asking Thompson if he could borrow the car while in "interrogation mode". The stunned Thompson informed him that it is his father's car in truth but quickly relented and let Spider-Man drive off. However, Thompson became shocked when Spider-Man recklessly drove the sports car, driving it into a rack of bicycles.[1]

Snap

"He's not 21. He blipped, so he's still 16."
Michelle Jones[src]

Thompson was a victim of the Snap in 2018, but along with all other victims, was brought back to life by Hulk in 2023.[2]

Trip to Europe

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Attack in Venice

"What's up, dickwad? I thought you drowned."
―Flash Thompson to Peter Parker[src]

To be added

Battle of London

"I post stupid videos daily for people to like me."
"Hey, if it wasn't for those stupid videos, Spider-Man would have never found you."
"Spider-Man follows me? I saved us, guys!"
―Flash Thompson and Happy Hogan[src]

To be added

Personality

"See, Flash. Being the fastest isn't always the best if you are wrong."
Monica Warren to Flash Thompson[src]

Flash Thompson is, on first impression, cocky and arrogant, prone to mistreating or mocking those that he sees as superior or more intelligent than himself, such as Peter Parker or Ned Leeds, most likely stemming more from insecurity than malice. However, he is shown deep down to be cowardly, prioritizing his life over his teammates, and calling the Academic Decathlon trophy his trophy. He is also shown to be picky with food, due to his complaint about his branzino, and cannot handle pressure well, as seen by how easily Parker was able to steal his car, leaving Thompson's date far from pleased, and by how nervous he looked during the Decathlon.

Abilities

  • Gifted Intelligence: Thompson is an intelligent science enthusiast and a member of the Midtown High Decathlon Team; however, he is not as intelligent as Peter Parker.
  • Musician: Thompson is shown to have some skill in music as he is known for Disc Jockeying at Liz Toomes's party and handled the equipment with ease.

Relationships

Family

  • Father
  • Mother

Allies

Enemies

Trivia

Behind the Scenes

  • Flash Thompson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the third live-action incarnation of the character, following incarnations portrayed by Joe Manganiello and Chris Zylka.
  • Tony Revolori's character was known as Manuel before his official reveal.
  • Tom Holland explained that this version of the character is very different from his comic-book counterpart: "Bullying wasn't really a thing, so when they cast Flash Thompson they knew they didn't need a 6ft 5in jock to beat Peter Parker up. They needed a rich, smug kid commenting on how bad his trainers were."[3] This version of the character is somewhat similar to the Ultimate Comics version where he doesn't openly idolize Spider-Man.
  • The original pitch for Spider-Man: Homecoming by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein had Spider-Man demanding Thompson to give him his pants in the scene in which he asks Thompson for his dad's car for the sake of petty revenge, driving off after throwing them a mile away.[4]
  • The song that Flash performs at Liz Toomes's home is called "Flashdrv". It was written by Jon Watts, director of Spider-Man: Homecoming.
    • The license plate of his father's Audi, which he drives to the Homecoming dance, also says "FLASHDRV".
  • Despite the success of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Tony Revolori's portrayal of Flash Thompson has been heavily criticized by fans to the point of receiving hate mail and death threats: "I'm not what the character was in the comic books. I'm not, and we can say that clearly and easily -- and there's still people who will hate that fact. It was very disheartening to receive hate mail and death threats and things like that".[5]
  • Jacob Garcia, Evan Dane Taylor and Luke Gomes were stunt doubles for Tony Revolori in the role of Flash Thompson.

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