There’s no doubt that financially “Venom” was a massive success, the film exceeded expectations across the board at the box-office – even as reviews were harsh with the film only racking up a score of 29% on Rotten Tomatoes.
The man who created the comic book version of the character, “Spawn” creator Todd McFarlane, recently offered his thoughts to Yahoo on why the critical backlash took place and he puts the blame squarely on the film reviewers:
“It was a big roller coaster ride. Visually, everything was coming at you. I think at times… the critics get it wrong in that they forget their age. They come in, and they’re 42 years old, and they come in with their attitude and they’re going, ‘Stop it.’ What if you were 16, 15, and you were watching this movie? You would love it… Of course you would love it. This thing delivered everything it was supposed to. It was gnarly, it was nasty, it has a big cool Venom, which was what I was looking for. [That] was my bias – I just wanted to see the visualness of Venom that I had created 30 years prior.”
“Venom” has made $854 million worldwide to date on a $100 million budget. Work appears to be already underway on a sequel.