Funny mentioning that, since raimi hated venom, but of all the movie villains, venom was the closest in looks, personality, and origin to previously established mythos of the character, and the fandom went apeshit anyway. Topher played Brock as a sleazy, whiny, entitled brat (which is who he was, if anyone read the original 80's and 90's comics) and venom had a weird sense of "make things fair" justice... So it's like spiderman 3. Only reason people saw AOE was for dinobots, just like only reason people saw sm3 was venom. Ads make venom look impressive, ads make dinobots look impressive. Venom shows in the last act of the film, dinobots show in the last act of the film. Fans whine like entitled brats over venom, fans whine like entitled brats over dinobots. Spiderman 3 was most successful of the raimi films, AOE will probably be most successful of TF films.