Re: movie Timeline
I saw that parallel too, haha. I've always had the sense that once Raimi had the Venom/symbiote storyline forced into his movie, he kinda just threw his hands up, went "screw it" and decided to camp it up in an effort to try and have fun with it (and possibly make fun of it).
What also frustrated me about that sequence is we see Peter selling pics of black suited Spider-Man completely whaling away on random thugs. It would have been awesome to actually see those scenes and see how increasingly violent he was becoming, rather than playing up the comedy strutting down the street.
It's all been said though. For some reason this movie has been on my mind lately.