– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Fans are understandably wary about the upcoming Venom movie from Sony. We’ve seen Sony walk down this path before. In 2007’s Spider-Man 3, the studio effectively put a capper on Sam Raimi’s trilogy in a bad way. The movie was a real letdown, but what’s worse is that they tarnished the legacy of the Venom character by making Eddie Brock more of a Peter Parker foil than his own character.

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However, speaking with Joblo, actor Thomas Hayden Church defended the film, as well as actor Topher Grace’s portrayal of Eddie Brock, saying:

“The studio felt like they had me, they had Franco’s story continuing, and they were like, we need one more that’s more of a millennial. And that’s how Venom and Topher Grace came into the picture. And by the way, I thought Topher was great in the movie and Venom is a pretty scary animal. And that was the evolution of that. I was thrilled, man. I’m a big admirer of Sam Raimi’s, I love Tobey [Maguire] as an actor and it was right on the heels of getting so much attention for SIDEWAYS and then these people step up and offer me the villain in the next Spider-Man. And, I just liked everybody involved, I liked the script.”

Unfortunately, this is where I have to disagree. As much as I wanted to like the film, there was just too much going on in this film. In an attempt to deliver on a memorable film, Sony made the cardinal mistake of jam-packing the film full of too many things.

Even if you liked how the character was portrayed, there’s no denying that it was overstuffed. Between the Venom story, the Sandman story, and the James Franco story, there was too much stuff to juggle. Ironically enough, it’s a mistake they repeated in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, another monumental misstep.

But what do you think? Do you agree that Topher Grace actually did well? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.