In the world of comicbook films, it’s always interesting to see each actor’s take on the iconic characters they’re tasked with portraying. The fact that we’ve grown up reading these stories, and in some cases, seeing animated versions of them on television, there’s always some bit of expectation. The actors not only have their take on the character, they’re also working within the vision of both the studio and director helming the production. When you have a character as popular as Venom, it’s going to take everyone being on the same page to meet the expectations his fans have.
Topher Grace was the first man to take on the job back in 2007 when he starred as Eddie Brock in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3. The film itself isn’t the most beloved of the original Spider-Man trilogy, and Raimi has even come out since and spoke on his disappointment with the film. Venom was a character that the studio wanted as the main villain but was also one that Raimi wasn’t a big fan of. Subsequently, the film didn’t work out as well as everyone had originally hoped.
During an episode of the Nerdist podcast back in 2014, Sam Raimi had this to say about Spider-Man 3:
“It’s a movie that just didn’t work very well. I tried to make it work, but I didn’t really believe in all the characters, so that couldn’t be hidden from people who loved Spider-Man. If the director doesn’t love something, it’s wrong of them to make it when so many other people love it. I think [raising the stakes after Spider-Man 2] was the thinking going into it, and I think that’s what doomed us. I should’ve just stuck with the characters and the relationships and progressed them to the next step and not tried to top the bar …”
Unfortunately, Topher Grace took a lot of the heat for the portrayal of the character, but being a long time fan of Venom, he had this to say to Inverse about the upcoming Venom:
“To me — I truly mean this — I think Tom is the guy to play that role. I’m thrilled to watch it as a fan. I really mean that. I think he’s just the best dude.”