Captain Spider


Real Name
Flash Thompson
First Appearance
What If? #7 (1977)
Don Glut, Rick Hobert, Roy Thomas
Team Affliation
Base of Operations
New York City, New York
Superhuman strength, speed, agility, stamina, reflexes, and endurance, Ability to cling to most surfaces, Regenerative healing factor, Spider-Sense
Skills and Abilities
Master hand-to-hand combatant
Tools and Gadgets

Captain Spider (Flash Thompon) is a superhero in the Marvel Multiverse and originally appeared in an issue of the comic book series What If?, which posits alternate narratives in Marvel Comics' stories.


In an alternate dimension, Flash Thompson is accidentally bitten by the radioactive spider, thus accidentally taking on the powers that created Spider-Man. The story is relayed by Uatu The Watcher.


Flash Thomson is a hot-headed high school athlete who is bitten by an irradiated spider after pushing Peter Parker out of the way during a lab experiment. After leaving the science lab with two girls, a speeding car threatens to hit the group. After discovering the strength to stop a car from hitting him and his companions, Flash accidentally kills a wrestler named Crusher Hogan in a wrestling match while testing his strength. Fleeing from prosecution for manslaughter, Flash creates a costume and becomes a superhero named Captain Spider. Peter Parker watches the exploits of Captain Spider with envy.

In his crime-fighting career, Captain Spider defeats Chameleon, The Tinkerer, as well as stopping many other crimes. Peter Parker follows the media reporting Captain Spider's exploits with envy. In a battle with The Vulture, Captain Spider falls to the ground from a great height and dies of his injuries. Peter Parker, who has been trailing Captain Spider, removes the mask to reveal that Flash Thompson as Captain Spider.

Powers Edit

Captain Spider has the ability to cling to walls, superhuman strength, a sixth sense ("spider-sense") that alerts him to danger, perfect balance and equilibrium, as well as superhuman speed and agility.

Skills and AbilitiesEdit

Flash Thompson is an accomplished high school sports athlete.

Notes Edit

Flash Thompson never develops the web shooting devices known to Spider-Man. This ultimately leads to the demise of Captain Spider.

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