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In the first film version of "Spiderman," Eugene "Flash" Thompson is played by Joe Manganiello. At first he's Mary Jane Watson's boyfriend, but they break up by the end of the film, partly due to his bullying Peter Parker/Spiderman as well as Peter's friend Harry Osborn. But then Peter gets his superhuman abilities and only unintentionally uses them to humiliate Flash. Mary Jane later tells Peter that Flash is thankful to Peter for not hurting him any further. In the third "Spiderman" movie, Flash even attends the funeral of Harry Osborn.
In the film "The Amazing Spider-Man," Flash is played this time by Chris Zylka. Peter Parker/Spider-Man bravely stands up to Flash by defending another student Flash is publicly bullying, and Peter gets beaten up himself by Flash as a result (although Gwen Stacy, too, intervenes, making Flash feel stupid in public - something he deserves). Later, after Peter receives his new powers, this time he quite deliberately uses them on Flash in retribution. Later on, after Peter loses his Uncle Ben, even Flash sympathizes with him, and Flash even lets Peter take some of his anger out on him. Later, when the Lizard attacks Peter at school, he realizes even Flash doesn't deserve to have something like that happen to him - and even Flash himself seems to show concern for the other students. Flash later attends the funeral of Gwen's police officer father, George, which Gwen herself notices. By the end of the film, it's implied that Flash and Peter might even be forming a friendship, and Flash admits to admiring Spider-Man when Peter notices Flash wearing a Spidey T-shirt.
My point is that, regardless of which version of movies he's in, Flash learns and gains some humility and gratitude by his unknowing involvement with Spider-Man and his knowing involvement with Peter Parker.