Ask most Venom fans how they’re feeling about the upcoming movie starring the big-tongued Marvel antihero and “cautiously optimistic” would likely be a common response. After all, the last time Venom was brought to the big screen, things didn’t go so well. Just ask Topher Grace, who played Eddie Brock/Venom in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3. Even though it came out 11 years ago, Spider-Man 3 still routinely cited as one of the most disappointing superhero movies ever made and Grace’s Venom had a lot to do with that, as his dorky take on the character proved deeply divisive.
Grace recently sat down with Inverse to discuss his role as former Klu Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke in Spike Lee’s upcoming film BlacKkKlansman, as well as share his thoughts on Venom. As it turns out, Grace is a big fan of Hardy’s and thinks he’s “the guy to play the role.” Though interestingly, he also revealed that he was a big fan of Todd McFarlane’s Spider-Man comics growing up and initially wasn’t on board with Raimi’s interpretation of Venom either.
“I understand Sam’s interpretation, which was to do a dark version of Tobey [Maguire]’s character,” he said. “I was thrilled because I was such a fan of the character, but I was aware of how it was different from what I had grown up reading. I thought it was cool, but I’m really excited to see [Tom Hardy’s version]. That’s the character I grew up with.”
We’ll find out for sure if Hardy’s version reigns supreme when Venom releases on October 5. In the meantime, if you want to see a very different side of Topher Grace, you can see him in BlacKkKlansman on August 10.