In our review of SPIDER-MAN 3 we noted that the Venom storyline didn’t seem to be developed as much as it should. Reading this interview with director Sam Raimi at CBR supplied some clues as to what happened along the way.
Q: I understand you were reticent about having all of these villains in the film.
A: There are so many fears I have making this movie, that’s just one of them. That’s just one in my vast array of things that I’m terrified people won’t like. I had worked on the story with my brother Ivan. Primarily, it was a story that featured the Sandman. It was really about Peter, Mary Jane, Harry and that new character. When we were done, Avi Arad, my partner and president of Marvel at the time, came to me and said “Sam, you’re not paying attention to the fans enough. You need to think about them. You’ve made two movies now with your favorite villains and now you’re about to make another one with your favorite villains. The fans love Venom. He is the fan-favorite. All Spider-Man readers love Venom. Even though you came from ’70s Spider-Man, this is what the kids are thinking about. Please incorporate Venom. Listen to the fans now.”
So, that’s really where I realized, “Okay, maybe I don’t have the whole Spider-Man universe in my head. Maybe I need to learn more about Spider-Man. And maybe incorporate this villain and make some of the real die-hard fans finally happy.”
When you see the love and care that is lavished on every frame of Sandman in SPIDEY 3, as opposed to the much briefer, somewhat broad approach to Eddie Brock/Venom, you see that perhaps Raimi’s heart wasn’t in it as much as it might have been? At any rate this might explain the many many plot threads that crowd the movie.
Just to make it clear, I LIKED SPIDEY 3. I didn’t think it was as crisp as 1 and 2, but it is by no means a bad film. But just to repeat my familiar refrain,IT IS TIME FOR EVIL DEAD 4! As his hilarious cameo in SPIDEY 3 shows, Bruce Campbell has aged line fine wine or teak and can make just about anything funny these days. IT IS TIME!!!!!!