Former Spider-Man Star Almost Made His MCU Debut in Thor’s Highest Grossing Movie



  • Joe Manganiello could have appeared in a Thor movie in the MCU but had scheduling conflicts.
  • It is unlikely that Manganiello will reprise his role as Flash Thompson in the MCU due to Tony Revolori’s portrayal.
  • The future of the symbiote storyline in the MCU and its potential hosts remains uncertain.

Although some DC fans have still not quite gotten over the loss of Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke in the fallout of Zack Snyder’s departure from the former DCEU, it seems that Marvel fans also missed out on seeing the actor enter the MCU as part of the cast of one of Taika Waititi’s Thor movies.

Manganiello has played many popular characters throughout his career, but there is one role that Marvel fans in particular have wanted to see him return to; that of Flash Thompson from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man. Although there was a time that such a return would never be a consideration, as Tobey Maguire reprised his Peter Parker role, along with Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn, in Spider-Man: No Way Home, it became apparent that there could be a chance of Manganiello stepping back into his former role and potentially evolving into Agent Venom like his comic book counterpart.


Release Date
May 1, 2002


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During an interview with, Manganiello was asked about the chances of him appearing in the MCU. While his response was bluntly negative, he did offer up the note that he could have been a part of the franchise in one of the Thor movies. In response to the question, he said:

“Zero…Years ago, Taika Waititi wanted me for one of the Thor movies and I couldn’t do it … It was impossible for me scheduling-wise to do it at the end of the day. But that would have been my reappearance back into the Marvel Universe. But I couldn’t do it.”

Manganiello doesn’t share which character he would have played in his Thor outing, but it seems that he could still be hoping to play a larger role in the MCU, as he alluded to when discussing why he did not want to have a cameo as Flash Thompson in Spider-Man: No Way Home.

Why Joe Manganiello’s Flash Thompson Couldn’t Really Appear in the MCU

Joe Manganiello as Flash Thompson in Spider-Man

Although the opening of the multiverse could potentially have seen Manganiello play a version of Flash Thompson, or his later alter-ego Agent Venom, the character of Flash is currently played by Tony Revolori in Tom Holland’s Spider-Man movies, making it unlikely that anyone older versions of Flash would be reintroduced to the franchise.

Revolori made his debut as Flash in Spider-Man: Homecoming, becoming the latest big screen interpretation of the character, following Manganiello and Chris Zylka, who played him in Andrew Garfield’s The Amazing Spider-Man movies. Although all three versions have been depicted with similar stories – having gone from being a bully of Peter Parker to a friend/associate – it was Zylka who came closest to getting an Agent Venom story in a spin-off movie that was planned before Garfield’s Spider-Man universe was canceled.

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While there is still the potential for Revolori’s Flash to become Agent Venom, it is an unlikely scenario given Disney’s desire to rein in the output of the MCU going forward. Although the symbiote is clearly now a part of the MCU – as revealed in No Way Home’s mid-credits scene, there has been no hint at how that particular story will progress in future or who the alien could attach itself to. The only thing certain, is that it won’t be Manganiello.

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