Originally Posted by TheVileOne
Actually Sony and Avi Arad that forced Venom into Spider-Man 3. I mean, to everyone's credit, fans and audiences basically DEMANDED Venom.
And Raimi didn't like the character or understand the character, so we got a crappy tack-on to a movie about a villain Raimi *did* know and care about.
But I hardly think the fan-noise for Mandarin comes anywhere *close* to the demand for Venom in the movies. Where is the "fanbase" for Mandarin? Ever see anybody dress up as Mandarin for a Comic-Con? Ever see tons of fan-art and fan-fic for Mandy? The only people I see "demanding" Mandarin for IM3 are a handful of whiny SHH/CBM fanboys who got their feelings hurt when Shane Black called the character (correctly) a racist caricature.