Venom was a very odd choice to be a villain in a Sam Raimi Spider-Man movie. The franchise, prior to Spider-Man 3, had mostly involved villains from old 1960s Spider-Man comics, the kind director Sam Raimi grew up with. Venom, on the other hand, was someone who was introduced into the broader Spider-Man mythology in the 1990s, decades after the character’s career began. He was a symbol of edginess and other trends in comics of the era, a sharp contrast to the endearing old-fashioned sensibilities of Doctor Octopus and the Green Goblin, or even Spider-Man 3’s nemesis Sandman.
Speaking to SuperheroHype, Sam Raimi revealed that, unsurprisingly, Venom wasn’t a character he wanted to swallow at launch. Instead, producer Avi Arad Raimi said he needed to build villains into the Spider-Man movies that fans wanted to see, rather than focusing solely on enemies, to which Raimi is deeply committed. After this conversation, Raimi decided to integrate Venom into Spider-Man 3 according to Arad’s instructions. From there, Raimi continued to learn more about Venom, eventually finding a way to work him into the narrative to reflect the horrors of vengeance. Though Raimi did his best to work him into the film to please fans, Venom’s eventual presence in the film would prove controversial, and Arad himself would express regret at forcing the character into the film had.