‘Spider-Man 3‘ was a horrible endcap to an amazing trilogy and one of the worst parts was how Venom was shoehorned in and not very accurate to the original comic creation. Producer Avi Arad has shared with regret that he is responsible for the character being introduced in the film. While ‘Venom’ is now doing well at the box office, it is hard to congratulate Arad on that now that we know he was responsible for the original live-action incarnation. Not only that, but with how out of touch it feels he is with who Carnage is, you can’t help but wonder how much he actually weighed in on ‘Venom’ with its recent success.
What he did share is that one thing he learned about the inclusion of the character in ‘Spider-Man 3’:
“I think we learned that Venom is not a sideshow. In all fairness, I’ll take the guilt because of what Sam Raimi used to say in all of these interviews feeling guilty that I forced him into it. And you know what I learned? Don’t force anybody into anything. Therefore, (Sam) wasn’t interested in the inside to make how is Venom like us? How do we deal with the Venom, and Marvel is all metaphors.”
When watching the movie initially, it was easy to see how Venom felt like an afterthought even though the symbiote was central to the core story which Sam Raimi ended up telling. There was a clear preference on Thomas Haden Church‘s take on Sandman in the movie, and the actor was able to steal just about every scene he was in. Had the ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ movies not been canceled, it was long hinted that the symbiote would be making a new debut in the third act of that take on the franchise before getting a solo movie.
Are you glad that Avi Arad owned up to being responsible for Venom in ‘Spider-Man 3’? How do you feel about his understanding of the character from the first take on it and now what he’s shared about his views on Carnage? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Source: Screen Rant