35. Jamming Venom Into 'Spider-Man 3'
Sam Raimi set out to make Spider-Man 3 (2007) with Sandman as the main antagonist, but Sony Pictures and producer Avi Arad insisted on shoehorning another, even more popular nemesis into the movie — specifically, a parasitic alien goo that possesses its host and turns them into a grotesque parody of Spidey named Venom. (Naturally, this vicious villian would be played by…That '70s Show's Topher Grace?!?) The result was an overstuffed and incoherent film, as well as blowing the chance to bring a fan-favorite bad guy to the big screen. Worse, the decision caused a rift between the filmmaker and the studio that never really healed, leading to the cancellation of a Raimi-helmed Spider-Man 4.