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In the 2002 film Spider-Man Thompson was played by Joe Manganiello. He is depicted as Mary Jane's boyfriend at the start of the film, and, like his comic book counterpart, is a bully who torments Peter, and sometimes Peter's friend Harry. Later on in the film, after Peter accidentally uses a web to splash Flash with a tray of food. Later, a fight between them breaks out in the school's hallway, in which Peter first learns of his newfound abilities. Flash then wants Peter to fight him but he initially refused. Flash then started punching Peter but Peter ducks and in the end, he defeats Flash with just one punch. Mary Jane later remarks that Flash was thankful for Peter not hurting him even more. Flash is last seen at graduation, where he and Mary Jane break up.

In Spider-Man 3 (2007), Flash, once again played by Manganiello, is seen at the end, attending Harry's funeral, he appears to have put his bullying ways behind him, and seemed much more reserved.