2007’s Spider-Man 3 was seen as a commercial success but a complete critical mess. one of the many problems was the inclusion of too many villains. Director Sam Raimi was insistent on using Sandman as the main antagonist and with James Franco as the New Goblin, a third major villain was going to feel crowded.
The producers however were insistent on fan favourite Venom being in the movie and as a result his inclusion felt shoehorned in at the last minute. This led to the character being poorly realised and took massive criticism from fan boys. Topher Grace who played Eddie Brock (Venom) in the film talked to The Hollywood Reporter regarding Sam Raimi’s recents comments that film didn’t quite turn out as he wanted:
“I know the movie did well for Sony, but I also know a lot of people weren’t happy with it. I think Sam is so talented. I remember one time I was on ninth unit. (Laughs.) Ninth unit? It’s like he’s running a small country….
This summer, there was a movie like that where people are just slamming a big studio movie. I would love to see anyone who’s slamming one of those movies try to fit in Sam Raimi’s position. He was like the president of a small country — by the way, it had the gross national income of a small country, too. I have huge respect for him. I think, on a whole, he did such a fantastic job [on that trilogy].”
Grace was recently seen in “American Ultra” with Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart and can currently be seen in theatres as Mike Smith in “Truth” about the CBS news scandal involving Dan Rather.