Eugene "Flash" Thompson is a bully who has been bullying Peter Parker since they were kids. He once dated Mary Jane Watson and in Flash Memory, he is the test subject for Dr. Zellner's "smart drug" which causes him to immediately display dramatic spikes in intellect. However, along with the IQ boost comes a potentially fatal side effect. With only minutes to find an antidote, Zellner takes Flash's suggestion that he experiment on an already intelligent candidate: Peter Parker.