SPIDER-MAN 3 Resurfaced Promo Art Reveals A Closer Look At The Threequel's Divisive Venom Design

SPIDER-MAN 3 Resurfaced Promo Art Reveals A Closer Look At The Threequel's Divisive Venom Design SPIDER-MAN 3 Resurfaced Promo Art Reveals A Closer Look At The Threequel's Divisive Venom Design

Spider-Man 3 was considered a disappointment when it swung into theaters in 2007, with Venom's portrayal a sticking point for many fans. Now, resurfaced promo art showcases the movie's take on Eddie Brock.

By JoshWilding - Oct 10, 2023 03:10 PM EST
Filed Under: Spider-Man 3

In 2007's Spider-Man 3, Peter Parker encountered an alien costume and soon found himself embracing his darker side. It was a relatively rushed subplot and one we've since learned was shoehorned into the threequel by Venom-loving producer Avi Arad. 

Tobey Maguire's web-slinger was ultimately decked out in a black version of his regular red and blue suit. Venom was a little more comic-accurate, though quite a bit smaller than the version seen on the page. In fact, the character's redesign continues to divide the opinions of fans. 

If you have an extremely good memory, the promo art below might be familiar. For the rest of you, though, we're sure you'll appreciate - or perhaps hate - this closer look at Eddie Brock's transformation. 

While the villain is definitely smaller than we'd like, he's arguably far more comic-accurate than the version played by Tom Hardy in Sony Pictures' Venom movies. For starters, he has that classic logo on his chest; however, it still feels like the definitive design for this character has yet to be put on film. 

Last year, Spider-Man 3 director Sam Raimi reflected on what went wrong with Eddie Brock in the 2007 blockbuster. 

"It was really more just that I didn’t understand the character that well. It wasn’t close to my heart," he admitted. "The best thing I like about Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s Spider-Man is that they made relatable characters that I understand. Even if they were confused, like Norman Osborn, they still have goodness in their heart. They want them to do the right thing."

"When I read about Venom, which I hadn’t read as a kid," the director continued, "I had to catch up on it when they wanted him to be in the movie. I didn’t recognize enough humanity within that character to be able to identify with him properly. That’s really what it boils down to."

Tom Holland's web-slinger is expected to don the alien costume either in Marvel Studios' Spider-Man 4 or one of the upcoming Avengers movies. What his suit will look like remains to be seen and, as far as we're aware, Earth-616 doesn't have an Eddie Brock (though there's obviously a good chance we haven't met him yet). 

Let us know your thoughts on Spider-Man 3's Venom design in the comments section.

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comicfan100 - 10/10/2023, 3:28 PM
In retrospect, it didn't look all that bad.
MG0019 - 10/10/2023, 3:30 PM
@comicfan100 - I always liked the look. Can’t rewatch the movie still; but Venom’s design was cool.
dragon316 - 10/10/2023, 4:55 PM
@comicfan100 - to bad he wasn’t big as solo venom movie comic accurate with out Spider-Man same joker movie
dorritosaur - 10/11/2023, 2:29 AM
@MG0019 - I rewatched all 3 a month ago. They were all better than I remembered them being. 3 was of course the weakest, but it was still somehow enjoyable.
Origame - 10/10/2023, 3:29 PM
I still think it was too heavily criticized. It was going back to the original look, which was meant to be a disturbing looking spiderman. You can even see first comic of venom wasn't much bigger than spiderman.
MG0019 - 10/10/2023, 3:29 PM
I don’t get the tweet. “A lot of people don’t want to hear it, but these are also promotional pictures of Venom.”

Um… yeah, they are. Who would argue against that? People may not like the movie, or not like the design; but is there anyone out there getting ”offended” by this sixteen year old movie existing?
IronSpider101 - 10/10/2023, 5:19 PM
@MG0019 - I think it's because the promotional material doesn't accurately reflect the version we see in the finished film. I remember being disappointed when the movie first came out because I expected his design to be closer to the promo material

dracula - 10/10/2023, 3:32 PM
the messed up webbing design was a good choice since they were going practical.

dracula - 10/10/2023, 3:35 PM
Raimi delivered 2 successful films and yet Avi Arad felt the need to meddle in the third film.....why?

Raimi didn't want to turn Harry into a Goblin

Raimi doesn't like Venom

Raimi wanted Vulture, but is also a fan of Sandman, so he was fine with Sandman.

If by some miracle we ever get the 4th movie, Raimi should ensure he has final say in his contract
FireandBlood - 10/10/2023, 3:39 PM
Tbh at the time, I thought it looked great. Same with the Black Suit. Not so much now tho
UniqNo - 10/10/2023, 3:41 PM
I blame Arad more than Raimi. Venom looked cool but didn't tap into the dual characteristics of Eddie and Venom. If they had to force him in it he should have been the main villian.
Fogs - 10/10/2023, 3:50 PM
@UniqNo - They should've gone with black suit in SM3, Venom in SM4.
UniqNo - 10/10/2023, 3:55 PM
@Fogs - there's alot of things they should have done differently with Spider-Man 3.

Not make Sandman the killer for uncle Ben, the whole amnesia arc with Harry, Gwens lack of an arc, rushing Eddie's arc..

Tbh though i remember having a lot of fun with all the hype and online discussions running up to it but the final product was lame.
Fogs - 10/10/2023, 4:28 PM
@UniqNo - Ugh, yeah. The Uncle Ben retcon was the worst imo.
Urubrodi - 10/11/2023, 5:04 AM
@UniqNo - Gwen was there just in name. Her purpose in the movie was to look hot (which she more than accomplished).
MCUKnight11 - 10/10/2023, 3:53 PM
The movie would have been better if it just focused on the trio and one villain like Sandman. You could also tell that Raimi wasn't invested in Gwen or Eddie.
MCUKnight11 - 10/10/2023, 3:55 PM
Wonder how different this series would've turned out if the symbiote and venom would never have been included.
MCUKnight11 - 10/10/2023, 3:58 PM
Nowadays, the ideal live action Eddie Brock would be someone like Alan Ritchson.
VictorAlonzo - 10/10/2023, 4:09 PM
@MCUKnight11 -

VictorAlonzo - 10/10/2023, 4:10 PM
Should've, could've, would've, but didn't.... oh well.
MisterDoctor217 - 10/10/2023, 4:18 PM
This is the most comic accurate Venom/Eddie we’ve gotten. And it pains me that the Spider-man 2 Venom will be Harry. Could have at least done Flash !!
Idk I hope we one day get the definitive take on Spidey vs Venom 😞
MisterDoctor217 - 10/10/2023, 4:19 PM
@MisterDoctor217 -

Spider-Man 2 game **
CharlesLeeRay - 10/10/2023, 4:37 PM
This aren't rare, I had an album of prints with all of these images.

Speaking of the design, it wasn't bad, but it still looked like a suit, instead of a viscous material. Same with the eyes, it looked like pieces of the mask, not actual goo-ish white eyes.

The worst part for me was the velociraptor-like roars.
dragon316 - 10/10/2023, 4:56 PM
Wasn’t bad for me it was venom they messed up should have made him big muscle looking
BritishMonkey - 10/10/2023, 5:06 PM
Raimi's Venom, as much as he struggled to do him, is a way better Venom than Hardy's.
grif - 10/10/2023, 6:54 PM
i like the extra webbing on the inner elbows
Gabimaru - 10/12/2023, 11:13 AM
I remember this movie back in 2007 there is so much hype around it and i was a big nerd back in my grade school. i debate to my older brother about venom not appearing in the movie because sandman was the main villain. there are promotional toys on some fastfood chains that they basically spoiled venom was in the movie. my mind just exploded that day.

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