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Watch: Spider-Man: No Way Home Gives Flash Thompson a New Look

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By Sam Hargrave

Despite Spider-Man going toe-to-toe with world-threatening aliens in Infinity War and Endgame and Multiverse-hopping villains in No Way Home, there's one foe he's never been able to handle and that's Flash Thompson. Peter Parker's high school bully has always tormented the young hero with threats, violence, and abuse in the comics and prior on-screen incarnations.

The MCU took a drastically different approach though as Flash was no longer a physically threatening presence, but more of a modern bully who goes to great lengths to make school life tough for Peter.

But Flash Thompson has never been the only one trying to make things tough for Parker, between fellow heroes, threatening foes, and J. Jonah Jameson, the head of the Daily Bugle with a sworn hatred for Spider-Man.

After a long wait, The Daily Bugle finally entered the MCU with the cliffhanger ending of Spider-Man: Far From Home and the reintroduction of J.K. Simmons' J. Jonah Jameson. Not only is the Alex Jones-inspired reporter set for a much bigger role in the threequel, but he has also played a key part in the movie's marketing.

In the run-up to release, Sony has become increasingly active on a Daily Bugle TikTok account featuring Jameson and Peter's school friend Betty Brant. Now, a newly-released clip on the page has featured another Midtown High student and revealed a drastically different look.

Spider-Man's Flash Thompson Gets a New Look

In a video recently published to Sony's official Daily Bugle TikTok account, Tony Revolori's Flash Thompson was shown sporting a distinctly different appearance to his look in Spider-Man: Homecoming and Far From Home.

Flash Thompson Spider-Man MCU
Sony Pictures

Flash Thompson's latest change of appearance sees his hairstyle now split between blonde and black hair, a noticeable change from his previous all-black look.

Flash Thompson Spider-Man MCU
Sony Pictures

No Way Home's latest Daily Bugle promo sees Flash Thompson interviewed on Burning Question with Betty Brant regarding a book he has written since Far From Home, in which he claims to have come up with the name Spider-Man.

The full video can be viewed below:

@thedailybugleofficial

Daily Bugle Exclusive: meet author Eugene “Flash” Thompson - the creator of the name “Spider-Man.”

♬ SpiderMan No Way Home in theaters December - The Daily Bugle

 

From High School Bully to Fanboy 

Despite having taken a fairly prominent role in the marketing for Tom Holland's past Spider-Man adventures, Tony Revolori's Flash Thompson has been almost completely absent in the run-up to No Way Home.

With the high school bully having been such a big fan of the wall-crawler in past installments, it will be interesting to see how he interacts with Peter Parker knowing he and his idol are one and the same.

The Daily Bugle's latest video revealed that Flash has written a book claiming to have come up with the Spider-Man name, so it appears he has attempted to capitalize on his relationship with Peter for fame and fortune.

As Peter Parker is outed to the world as Spider-Man, accused of Mysterio's murder, and on the hunt for villains from across the Multiverse, perhaps Peter won't spend much time living his high school life in No Way Home. Assuming this was the case, Flash's role in the threequel may be somewhat limited compared to past installments.

Spider-Man: No Way Home hits theaters on December 17, 2021.


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