The Daily Show
The Daily Show is an American late-night talk and news satire television program. It airs each Monday through Thursday on Comedy Central. Describing itself as a fake news program, The Daily Show draws its comedy and satire from recent news stories, political figures, media organizations, uses self-referential humor as well; the half-hour-long show premiered on July 21, 1996, was first hosted by Craig Kilborn until December 17, 1998. Jon Stewart took over as the host from January 11, 1999, until August 6, 2015, making the show more focused on political satire and news satire, in contrast with the pop culture focus during Kilborn's tenure. Stewart was succeeded by Trevor Noah, whose tenure premiered on September 28, 2015. Under different hosts, the show has been formally known as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart from 1999 until 2015, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah since 2015; the Daily Show is the longest-running program on Comedy Central, has won 24 Primetime Emmy Awards. The program is popular among young audiences.
The Pew Research Center suggested in 2010 that 74% of regular viewers were between 18 and 49, that 10% of the audience watched the show for its news headlines, 2% for in-depth reporting, 43% for entertainment, compared with 64% who watched CNN for the news headlines. Critics chastised Stewart for not conducting sufficiently hard-hitting interviews with his political guests, some of whom he may have lampooned in previous segments. Stewart and other Daily Show writers responded to such criticism by saying that they do not have any journalistic responsibility and that as comedians their only duty is to provide entertainment. Stewart's appearance on the CNN show Crossfire picked up this debate, where he chastised the CNN production and hosts for not conducting informative and current interviews on a news network; each episode begins with announcer Drew Birns announcing the date and the introduction, "From Comedy Central's World News Headquarters in New York, this is The Daily Show with Trevor Noah".
The introduction was "This is The Daily Show, the most important television program, ever." The host opens the show with a monologue drawing from current news stories and issues. The show had divided its news commentary into sections known as "Headlines", "Other News", "This Just In"; some episodes will begin with a 1–3 minute intro on a small story before transitioning into the main story of the night. The monologue segment is followed by a segment featuring an exchange with a correspondent—typically introduced as the show's "senior" specialist in the subject at hand—either at the anchor desk with the host or reporting from a false location in front of a greenscreen showing stock footage, their stated areas of expertise vary depending on the news story, being discussed, can range from general to absurdly specific. The cast of correspondents is quite diverse, many sarcastically portray extreme stereotypes of themselves to poke fun at a news story, such as "Senior Latino Correspondent", "Senior Youth Correspondent" or "Senior Black Correspondent".
They present absurd or humorously exaggerated takes on current events against the host's straight man. While correspondents stated to be reporting abroad are performing in-studio in front of a greenscreen background, on rare occasions, cast members have recorded pieces on location. For instance, during the week of August 20, 2007, the show aired a series of segments called "Operation Silent Thunder: The Daily Show in Iraq" in which correspondent Rob Riggle reported from Iraq. In August 2008, Riggle traveled to China for a series of segments titled "Rob Riggle: Chasing the Dragon", which focused on the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Jason Jones traveled to Iran in early June 2009 to report on the Iranian elections, John Oliver traveled to South Africa for the series of segments "Into Africa" to report on the 2010 FIFA World Cup. In March 2012, Oliver traveled to Gabon, on the west African coast, to report on the Gabonese government's decision to donate $2 million to UNESCO after the United States cut its funding for UNESCO earlier that year.
On July 19, 2016, Roy Wood Jr. reported live from the Republican National Convention and talked about Donald Trump's African-American support. Correspondent segments feature a rotating supporting cast, involve the show's members travelling to different locations to file comedic reports on current news stories and conduct interviews with people related to the featured issue. Topics have varied widely. Since Stewart began hosting in 1999, the focus of the show has become more political and the field pieces have come to more reflect current issues and debates. Under Kilborn and the early years of Stewart, most interviewees were either unaware or not aware of the comedic nature of The Daily Show. However, as the show began to gain popularity—particularly following its coverage of the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections—most of the subjects now interviewed are aware of the comedic element; some segments have recurred periodically throughout different tenures, such as "Back in Black" & "Your Moment of Zen".
Since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, a common segment of the show has been dubbed "Mess O' Potamia", focusing on the United States' policies in the Middle East Iraq. Elections in the United States were a prominent focus in the show's "Indecision" cover
Marvel Comics is the brand name and primary imprint of Marvel Worldwide Inc. Marvel Publishing, Inc. and Marvel Comics Group, a publisher of American comic books and related media. In 2009, The Walt Disney Company acquired Marvel Worldwide's parent company. Marvel started in 1939 the common name in the Golden Age was Timely Comics, by the early 1950s, had become known as Atlas Comics; the Marvel era began in 1961, the year that the company launched The Fantastic Four and other superhero titles created by Steve Ditko, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and many others. The Marvel brand had been used over the years, but solidified as the company's only brand with in a couple of years. Marvel counts among its characters such well-known superheroes as Captain America, Iron Man, the Hulk, Spider-Man, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, the Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider, the Punisher and Deadpool, such teams as the Avengers, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, the Midnight Sons, the Defenders, the Guardians of the Galaxy, supervillains including Galactus, Doctor Doom, Ultron, Green Goblin, Red Skull, Doctor Octopus and Venom.
Most of Marvel's fictional characters operate in a single reality known as the Marvel Universe, with most locations mirroring real-life places. Pulp-magazine publisher Martin Goodman founded the company known as Marvel Comics under the name Timely Publications in 1939. Goodman, who had started with a Western pulp in 1933, was expanding into the emerging—and by already popular—new medium of comic books. Launching his new line from his existing company's offices at 330 West 42nd Street, New York City, he held the titles of editor, managing editor, business manager, with Abraham Goodman listed as publisher. Timely's first publication, Marvel Comics #1, included the first appearance of Carl Burgos' android superhero the Human Torch, the first appearances of Bill Everett's anti-hero Namor the Sub-Mariner, among other features; the issue was a great success. While its contents came from an outside packager, Inc. Timely had its own staff in place by the following year; the company's first true editor, writer-artist Joe Simon, teamed with artist Jack Kirby to create one of the first patriotically themed superheroes, Captain America, in Captain America Comics #1.
It, proved a hit, with sales of nearly one million. Goodman formed Timely Comics, Inc. beginning with comics cover-dated April 1941 or Spring 1941. While no other Timely character would achieve the success of these three characters, some notable heroes—many of which continue to appear in modern-day retcon appearances and flashbacks—include the Whizzer, Miss America, the Destroyer, the original Vision, the Angel. Timely published one of humor cartoonist Basil Wolverton's best-known features, "Powerhouse Pepper", as well as a line of children's funny-animal comics featuring characters like Super Rabbit and the duo Ziggy Pig and Silly Seal. Goodman hired his wife's cousin, Stanley Lieber, as a general office assistant in 1939; when editor Simon left the company in late 1941, Goodman made Lieber—by writing pseudonymously as "Stan Lee"—interim editor of the comics line, a position Lee kept for decades except for three years during his military service in World War II. Lee wrote extensively for Timely.
Goodman's business strategy involved having his various magazines and comic books published by a number of corporations all operating out of the same office and with the same staff. One of these shell companies through which Timely Comics was published was named Marvel Comics by at least Marvel Mystery Comics #55; as well, some comics' covers, such as All Surprise Comics #12, were labeled "A Marvel Magazine" many years before Goodman would formally adopt the name in 1961. The post-war American comic market saw superheroes falling out of fashion. Goodman's comic book line dropped them for the most part and expanded into a wider variety of genres than Timely had published, featuring horror, humor, funny animal, men's adventure-drama, giant monster and war comics, adding jungle books, romance titles and medieval adventure, Bible stories and sports. Goodman began using the globe logo of the Atlas News Company, the newsstand-distribution company he owned, on comics cover-dated November 1951 though another company, Kable News, continued to distribute his comics through the August 1952 issues.
This globe branding united a line put out by the same publisher and freelancers through 59 shell companies, from Animirth Comics to Zenith Publications. Atlas, rather than innovate, took a proven route of following popular trends in television and movies—Westerns and war dramas prevailing for a time, drive-in movie monsters another time—and other comic books the EC horror line. Atlas published a plethora of children's and teen humor titles, including Dan DeCarlo's Homer the Happy Ghost and Homer Hooper. Atlas unsuccessfully attempted to revive superheroes from late 1953 to mid-1954, with the Human Torch, the Sub-Mariner, Captain America. Atlas did not achieve any breakout hits and, according to Stan Lee, Atlas survived chiefly because it produced work cheaply, at a passable quality; the first modern comic books under the Marvel Comics brand w
Leslie Marian Uggams is an American actress and singer. Beginning her career as a child in the early 1950s, Uggams is recognized for portraying Kizzy Reynolds in the television miniseries Roots, earning Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominations for her performance, she had earlier been acclaimed for the Broadway musical Hallelujah, Baby!, winning a Theatre World Award in 1967 and the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical in 1968. In her career, Uggams received renewed notice with appearances alongside Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool and in a recurring role on Empire. Uggams was born in Harlem, the daughter of Juanita Ernestine, a Cotton Club chorus girl/dancer, Harold Coyden Uggams, an elevator operator and maintenance man, a singer with the Hall Johnson choir, she attended the Professional Children's School of New Juilliard. She met Grahame Pratt, while she was performing in Sydney. After their wedding, the couple decided to reside in New York, in part to avoid America's racial segregation laws of that time.
Uggams started in show business as a child in 1951. Uggams made her singing debut on The Lawrence Welk Show and was a regular on Sing Along with Mitch, starring record producer-conductor Mitch Miller. In 1960, she sang, off-screen. Uggams came to be recognized by TV audiences as an upcoming teen talent in 1954 on the NBC/CBS hit musical quiz show series Name That Tune, along with child hitmaker Eddie Hodges, her records "One More Sunrise" and "House Built on Sand" made Billboard magazine's charts. She appeared in her own television variety show, The Leslie Uggams Show in 1969; this was the first network variety show to be hosted by an African American since The Nat King Cole Show of the mid-1950s. She had a lead role in the 1977 miniseries Roots, for which she received an Emmy nomination, as Kizzy. In 1979, she starred as Lillian Rogers Parks in Backstairs at the White House, a miniseries for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Actress, she made guest appearances on such television programs as Family Guy, I Spy, Hollywood Squares, The Muppet Show, The Love Boat and Magnum, P.
I.. In 1996, Uggams played the role of Rose Keefer on All My Children, she won. Her film career includes roles in Skyjacked, Black Girl and Poor Pretty Eddie, in which she played a popular singer who, upon being stranded in the deep South, is abused and humiliated by the perverse denizens of a backwoods town, she appeared in Sugar Hill opposite Wesley Snipes, played Blind Al in Deadpool in February 2016. In April 2016, she portrayed Leah Walker, the bipolar mother of Lucious Lyon in the hit Fox series Empire. Uggams appeared as Sadie in the 2017 television film The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, in 2018, she returned as Blind Al in Deadpool 2, she hosted a 1984 Democratic Telethon. Uggams was picked to star in Hallelujah, Baby! after Lena Horne declined the role of Georgina. The musical premiered on Broadway in 1967 and "created a new star" in Uggams, she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a musical. She appeared on Broadway in the revue Blues in the Night in 1982 and in the musical revue of the works of Jerry Herman, Jerry's Girls in 1985.
Uggams replaced Patti LuPone as Reno Sweeney in the Lincoln Center revival of Cole Porter's musical Anything Goes on Broadway in March 1989. She had played Reno in a US tour in 1988–1989. Broadway roles include Muzzy in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Ethel Thayer in On Golden Pond at the Kennedy Center in 2004 and on Broadway at the Cort Theatre in 2005. In 2001, she appeared in the August Wilson play King Hedley II, receiving a nomination for the Tony Award, Best Actress in a Play. In January 2009, Uggams played Lena Horne in a production of the stage musical Stormy Weather at the Pasadena Playhouse in California, directed by Michael Bush and choreographed by Randy Skinner. In June 2012, Uggams played Muzzy in a production of Thoroughly Modern Millie at The Muny in Saint Louis, Missouri. In 2014, she starred as Rose in Connecticut Repertory Theatre's Nutmeg Summer Series production of Gypsy; the Eyes of God LESLIE UGGAMS ON TV with Mitch Miller's sing along chorus So in Love! A Time to Love What's An Uggams?
Just to Satisfy You Leslie Try To See It My Way Leslie Uggams Supersisters trading card set 1979: Theater World Award 1967 Theater World Award for "Hallelujah Baby"Tony Award 1968 Winner for Leading Actress in a Musical for "Hallelujah Baby" 2001 Nominated for Leading Actress in a Play for "King Hedley II"Daytime Emmy 1983 Winner as Outstanding Host or Hostess in a Variety Series for "Fantasy" 1984 Nominated as Outstanding Host or Hostess in a Variety Series for "Fantasy"Ovation Awards 2009: Nominated for Lead Actress in a Musical for the role of Lena Horne in the Pasadena Playhouse production of Stormy WeatherHonorary Degrees 2015: Awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Connecticut Official Web Site Leslie Uggams at the Internet Broadway Database Leslie Uggams on IMDb Leslie Uggams at the Internet Off-Broadway Database Leslie Uggams – Downstage Center interview at American Theatre Wing.org Leslie Uggams at The Interviews: An Oral History of Television
Deadpool is a 2016 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is the eighth installment of the first standalone Deadpool film. Directed by Tim Miller from a screenplay by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the film stars Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson / Deadpool alongside Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T. J. Miller, Gina Carano and Brianna Hildebrand. In the film, Wilson—as the antihero Deadpool—hunts down the man who gave him mutant abilities and caused his scarred physical appearance. Development of a Deadpool film starring Reynolds began in February 2004, before he went on to play the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine in 2009. Reese and Wernick were hired for a spinoff in 2010, they worked with Reynolds to adapt the character more faithfully after the portrayal in Wolverine was criticized for not doing so. Miller was hired in 2011 marking his directorial debut. An enthusiastic response to leaked test footage he created with Reynolds led to a green-light from Fox in 2014.
Additional casting began in early 2015, filming took place in Vancouver, from March to May of that year. Several vendors provided visual effects for the film, ranging from the addition of blood and gore to the creation of the CG character Colossus. Deadpool was released in the United States on February 12, 2016, after an unconventional marketing campaign; the film achieved both critical success. It earned over $783 million against a $58 million budget, breaking numerous records: it became the highest-grossing R-rated film, the highest-grossing X-Men film, the ninth-highest-grossing 2016 film. Critics praised Reynolds' performance, the film's style and faithfulness to the comics, its action sequences; some detractors criticized the plot as formulaic as well as the sheer number of jokes in the film. It received many awards and nominations, including two Critics' Choice Awards and two Golden Globe nominations. A sequel, Deadpool 2, was released on May 18, 2018. Wade Wilson is a dishonorably discharged special forces operative working as a mercenary when he meets Vanessa, a prostitute.
They become romantically involved, a year she accepts his marriage proposal. Wilson is diagnosed with terminal cancer, leaves Vanessa without warning so she will not have to watch him die. A mysterious recruiter approaches Wilson, he is taken to Ajax and Angel Dust, who inject him with a serum designed to awaken latent mutant genes. They subject Wilson to days of torture to induce stress and trigger any mutation he may have, without success; when Wilson discovers Ajax's real name is Francis and mocks him for it, Ajax leaves Wilson in a hyperbaric chamber that periodically takes him to the verge of asphyxiation over a weekend. This activates a superhuman healing ability that cures the cancer but leaves Wilson disfigured with burn-like scars over his entire body, he escapes from the chamber and attacks Ajax but relents when told that his disfigurement can be cured. Ajax leaves him for dead in the now-burning laboratory. Wilson seeks out Vanessa, he does not reveal to her he is alive fearing her reaction to his new appearance.
After consulting with his best friend Weasel, Wilson decides to hunt down Ajax for the cure. He becomes a masked vigilante, adopting the name "Deadpool", moves into the home of an elderly blind woman named Al, he murders many of Ajax's men until one, the recruiter, reveals his whereabouts. Deadpool intercepts a convoy of armed men on an expressway, he kills everyone but Ajax, demands the cure from him but the X-Man Colossus and his trainee Negasonic Teenage Warhead interrupt him. Colossus wants Deadpool to join the X-Men. Taking advantage of this distraction, Ajax escapes, he goes to Weasel's bar. Ajax takes her to a decommissioned helicarrier in a scrapyard. Deadpool convinces Negasonic to help him, they battle several soldiers while Deadpool fights his way to Ajax. During the battle, Negasonic accidentally destroys the equipment stabilizing the helicarrier. Deadpool protects Vanessa from the collapsing ship, while Colossus carries Negasonic and Angel Dust to safety. Ajax is overpowered, he reveals there is no cure after all and, despite Colossus's pleading, Deadpool kills him.
He promises to try to be more heroic moving forward. Though Vanessa is angry with Wilson for leaving her, she reconciles with him. Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson / Deadpool: A wisecracking mercenary with accelerated healing but severe scarring over his body after undergoing an experimental mutation; the writers described Deadpool as "fun to hang out with... in short doses". Reynolds promised a more "authentic" and comic-faithful version of the character than the one he portrayed in X-Men Origins: Wolverine; the character becomes aware he is in a film after becoming Deadpool, though before this Wilson does make a joke about Reynolds's role in Green Lantern. Morena Baccarin as Vanessa: An escort and Wilson's fiancée. Baccarin described Vanessa as "scrappy" and not a damsel in distress; the character was designed as a "typical prostitute", but Baccarin worked with the costume and makeup teams to make her appearance more layered. The film does not explore the character's comic alter-ego "Copycat", as the writers wanted to focus on Deadpool.
Makeup designer Bill Corso, included some references to Copycat's blue appearance in the comics. Ed Skrein as Francis Freeman / Ajax: An artificially-mutated member of the program that creates Deadpool, he feels no pain a
Weasel (Marvel Comics)
Weasel is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Weasel is a friend, information broker and arms dealer for Deadpool. Weasel is Deadpool's best friend. However, because of his frequent mood swings and tenuous mental state, Deadpool still abuses or mistreats him. Weasel has displayed an opportunistic streak against his friend's interests on occasions. Actor T. J. Miller portrays Weasel in the 2016 feature film Deadpool and its 2018 sequel Deadpool 2. Created by writer Fabian Nicieza and artist Klaus Janson, Weasel first appeared in Cable #3. Weasel was once a bright young lad attending Empire State University, where he was a classmate of Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy. Weasel known by his birth name of Jack Hammer, was competing with Parker for a prestigious job under the wing of Norman Osborn and held an enormous crush on Stacy, Parker's future girlfriend. Deadpool accidentally teleported into the past during a fight with the Great Lakes Avengers. In the past, he found Jack Hammer.
Disguised as Peter Parker, Deadpool related to Norman Osborn false information about Jack Hammer being a drug user. His employment opportunity thus ruined, Hammer was manipulated by the disguised Deadpool into fixing his teleportation belt. With the gadget fixed, Deadpool returns to the future, leaving a depressed and drunken young Hammer with a new career option: crime. From that point on, Hammer adopted the name of Weasel and turned to a life consisting of providing intelligence and other technological devices to mercenaries and criminals, sometimes partaking in mercenary activities himself, it is during this period that Weasel first met Deadpool in Canada meeting not long after Deadpool left Weapon X. Weasel proved himself as an able informant and arms supplier to Deadpool and came to form an uneasy friendship with him, he assisted his friend behind the scenes as Deadpool came to work for a crime lord named Tolliver. After Tolliver's apparent death, the two competed against a slew of other mercenaries, villains and assassins to become the beneficiaries of Tolliver's will, came to work at the Hellhouse, a hotbed of mercenary activity in Chicago where jobs were dispensed to those willing to take them.
Deadpool, due to his prowess and cold heart, came to be feared and respected there, but butted heads with another powerful mercenary, T-Ray. During this time, The Taskmaster abducted Weasel. Allowing Deadpool to track him down switching off his tracking device shortly before Taskmaster defeated Deadpool, Weasel revealed his confusion to both mercenaries due to Taskmaster's sweetened offer in spite of the somewhat mercurial loyalties shared between himself and Deadpool. However, when his friend baffled and conclusively defeated Taskmaster, he chose to return to his employ, encouraged in part by Deadpool's show of compassion for him and the promise of a new cable connection to the Playboy Channel. Weasel tried knowing the positive influence the Irish mutant had over Deadpool. Once again he was cowed by threats of physical violence, his loyalties to Deadpool were further shown at the Hellhouse when it became apparent that T-Ray maintained a grip of intimidation over the other mercenaries when Deadpool was absent though he was in no position to stand up to T-Ray directly.
T-Ray decided to organize a showdown with Deadpool and told Weasel to relay that information to Deadpool. In an effort to get in touch with his friend before the appointed showdown time, Weasel teleported to Deadpool's San Francisco home - a definite no-no, he was shooed out by Deadpool's friend/prisoner Blind Al, but when Weasel made repeated visits to her, Deadpool discovered him there and placed both him and Blind Al in the Box, a dark room so filled with sharp objects and instruments of torture that movement is impossible. This latest abuse was the breaking point - Weasel decided to move on and left Deadpool after escaping from the Box, hoping to define his life outside of his association with Deadpool. Fate had other designs, however. After Deadpool's death and subsequent resurrection some time afterward, Weasel ran into an amnesiac Deadpool, he helped to restore Deadpool's memory and thus restored their friendship before leaving once more. An on-again off-again association between the two occurred after this point, with Deadpool sometimes asking for goods or working with Weasel.
However, another breaking point came when Deadpool stood up for Weasel when he was found hacking into a computer. When Deadpool found out that Weasel had lied, he refused to help Weasel, sent to jail. Weasel decided to atone for this crime by faithfully serving his time, when he got out, coincidentally worked a job with Deadpool in Rumekistan. With Weasel having served time to appease Deadpool's anger and with Deadpool having TiVo'd all the episodes of Battlestar Galactica during Weasel's stay in jail to make up for his past abuses, the two became fast friends once more, he assisted Deadpool in the mercenary's latest voyage of self-discovery as Deadpool put himself in a series of situations to regain his rep as a mercenary made another attempt to become a hero. Weasel had Deadpool shrunk down to key-ring size in order to bolster his self-confidence, as he was no less effective in his reduced size. On the last of these missions, Weasel was left in a Hydra base during an attack, an attempt to give Deadpool more street-cred.
While being imprisoned on the base, Weasel was able to instead join Hydra, naming himself The Penetraitor, created a teleportation machi
Eugene "Flash" Thompson is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is a star high school football player who mercilessly bullies his high school classmate Peter Parker but admires Spider-Man, an irony in which the superhero takes some gratification. In time, they become close friends in college. After graduation, he joins the United States Army and is haunted by his combat experiences, leading to alcoholism. After losing both of his legs in the Iraq War, he turns into the superhero Agent Venom after being bound to the Venom symbiote which he controls via drugging. During an argument between him and Eddie Brock regarding the Venom symbiote, he's the new host of the Anti-Venom symbiote; the character has appeared in several other media adaptations. In film, he is portrayed by Joe Manganiello in Spider-Man, Chris Zylka in The Amazing Spider-Man, Tony Revolori in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Created by writer Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko, Flash Thompson first appeared in Amazing Fantasy #15, the same issue Spider-Man first appeared in.
He was a regular character in The Amazing Spider-Man series for its first four years, leaving the cast in The Amazing Spider-Man #47 to serve in the Vietnam War. Though he reappeared in the comic a few times while on leave, he did not return to the regular cast until issue #105. Though the relationship between Flash Thompson and Spider-Man's alter ego Peter Parker became more cordial over the years, the major turning point towards their becoming friends was in The Amazing Spider-Man #138, in which Thompson lets Parker room with him after all his other friends and acquaintances turned him away. Thompson's childhood is explored in The Spectacular Spider-Man #-1, titled "That Thompson Boy". Writer J. M. DeMatteis commented, "Despite our human tendency to want to fit people into convenient pigeonholes, no one is any one thing all the time; the main point of'That Thompson Boy' was to show that there were other sides to Flash, to look behind the curtain and see the vulnerability, depth, there.'Flash' is a mask.
Eugene is a complex, wounded human being. I think the character's history going back to Stan's stories, is a constant battle between the two, a seeking to find balance."The character made his first appearance as the new incarnation of Venom in The Amazing Spider-Man #654. A second volume of Venom started in May 2011 with Flash Thompson as the titular character; as Venom, he appeared as a regular character in the 2010-2013 Secret Avengers series, from issue #23 through its final issue, #37. As Venom, he appears in the 2012 Red Hulk's Thunderbolts series by Steve Dillon. After the Superior Spider-Man event, Agent Venom is seen in space in The Guardians of the Galaxy vol.3 #14. He was spun off into his own solo series, Venom: Space Knight, written by Robbie Thompson and drawn by Ariel Olivetti, it was canceled after 13 issues. In the premier issue of Venom Vol. 3 Flash Thompson is seen without the symbiote. Eugene "Flash" Thompson is the nephew of actress Lea Thompson and a bully of high school classmate Peter Parker.
Flash was physically abused by his alcoholic father Harrison Thompson, leading to Flash's own violent, bullying nature. Thompson dubs Peter with the derogatory nickname "Puny Parker" and humiliates Parker daily at school. Not knowing that Parker is Spider-Man, he forms the first "Spider-Man Fan Club" and vocally supports his idol criticizing J. Jonah Jameson in person for the Daily Bugle's anti Spider-Man editorials; when Spider-Man is seen committing robberies, Flash is one of the few to stand up for him claiming that he could still be innocent. When it is revealed that Spider-Man was framed by Mysterio, Flash boasts about how he is always right. Peter, who states that he would not "trust any further than I can throw him", takes some secret pleasure in that Flash supported his alter-ego. In a early issue and Peter squared off for a boxing match in the school gym. Expecting an easy victory, Flash was astonished to discover that he couldn't lay a hand on Peter, a single tap from Parker's fist knocked him clear out of the ring.
After this episode, Flash's bullying was restricted to verbal harassment. Over the next few years, as the two became rivals for Liz Allan's affections, Flash was only willing to confront Peter when he was surrounded by his friends. Peter, began to laugh off his threats with good-natured comebacks; this subtle reversal of their positions was typical of Lee-Ditko character developments in the title. Towards the end of Ditko's run on the title, Flash was employed as comic relief, more a local buffoon than a serious threat. Major changes in his personality took place subsequently to issue 39, when John Romita, Sr. took over as artist for The Amazing Spider-Man. Following Romita's take in place, Flash was made into a more sympathetic character and his clean-cut image was emphasized to give him an "All-American" persona. After Flash Thompson entered Empire State University, his relationship with Peter Parker became progressively less hostile. While the two still traded the occasional insult, Flash had grown to respect Peter's intelligence and was surprised by his popularity with women Gwen Stacy and Mary Jane Watson.
Both Flash and Peter were friends with Harry Osborn. Harry's presence served to defuse the tension between the former rivals. While in university, Flash joined the United States Army and serves in the Vietnam War (a