‘Venom’ co-creator Todd McFarlane knows why the movie got so many bad reviews

It currently has 29% on Rotten Tomatoes

Venom co-creator Todd McFarlane has defended the Marvel movie, saying those who criticised it were too old to enjoy it.

The first film based around the character was released back in October. It starred Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, who becomes Venom. Riz Ahmed, Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson, Jenny Slate, and more also appeared in the movie.

It was met with mixed reviews, despite its box office success. In a two-star review, NME said: “Far from being the perfect package for fans who prefer their (anti)heroes to literally have a little bit more bite, Venom is a flawed beast that feels every bit as outdated as it does confused.” It currently has a score of 29% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on approximately 300 reviews.

“It was a big roller-coaster ride. Visually, everything was coming at you,” McFarlane told Yahoo Entertainment. “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 and you were watching this movie? You would love it.”

McFarlane added that the film “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.”

McFarlane also praised Hardy’s performance, comparing it to the character’s inclusion in Spider-Man 3, where Eddie Brock/Venom was played by Topher Grace.

“When the Topher Grace character turned into Venom, he didn’t really add a lot of weight,” McFarlane said. “I intentionally made him bigger because I always wanted it to feel like Peter Parker/Spider-Man was going up against an elephant and there was no way he was ever going to push him over. So he was going to have to come up with another way to trip up the elephant, which was gonna be to use his brain instead of his brawn.”