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.
Mocking Peter Parker
- "'Sup, Penis Parker!"
- ―Flash Thompson 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.
Liz Toomes' Party
- "When I say 'Penis', you say 'Parker'!"
- ―Flash Thompson
- "Are you really friends with Peter Parker?"
- ―Flash Thompson to Spider-Man
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.
Lending his Car
- "Flash, I need your car and your phone."
"Sir, technically this is my dad's car."
- ―Spider-Man and Flash Thompson
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.
Trip to Europe
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Attack in Venice
- "What's up, dickwad? I thought you drowned."
- ―Flash Thompson to Peter Parker
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- "See, Flash. Being the fastest isn't always the best if you are wrong."
- ―Monica Warren to Flash Thompson
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.
Despite his constant tormenting towards Peter Parker, however, Flash is shown to have standards regarding how he does so and there are certain boundaries he isn't willing to cross, like respecting Parker's privacy. When Brad Davis, was ousted for supposedly taking pictures of Parker in the bathroom half naked, much like the teachers and his fellow students, Flash expressed disgust towards Davis.
It's implied that Flash may be neglected by his parents, as shown by a text he sent to his mother expressing concern that he has not heard from her nor his father for several days, despite nearly being killed at the sight of an Elemental attack, not counting the fact that he was five years dead due the Snap. After coming back to the United States from London, he expresses disappointment to find out his family butler has come to pick him up from the airport instead of them. As a result, he does whatever he can to gain attention, such as live-streaming his trip on Instagram, in the hopes that people will like him and give him the attention he so craves.
- 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.
- In the comics, Flash Thompson joined United States Army and eventually became Agent Venom, member of both the Secret Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy, and later Agent Anti-Venom.
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." 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.
- 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".
- Jacob Garcia, Evan Dane Taylor and Luke Gomes were stunt doubles for Tony Revolori in the role of Flash Thompson.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Spider-Man: Homecoming
- ↑ Spider-Man: Far From Home
- ↑ Tom Holland Explains Exactly What Sort Of Bully Flash Thompson Is In SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING
- ↑ From Pitch to Page to Screen: 9 Ways 'Spider-Man Homecoming' Changed Along the Way
- ↑ Spider-Man: Homecoming's Flash Thompson Actor Received Death Threats