Venom’s symbiote host, Eddie Brock, was originally set to appear in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man back in 2002, and the actor cast for the role shares a few subtleties. Sam Raimi’s original Spider-Man was a cultural phenomenon when it was released on May 3, 2002, and at the time was the greatest opening weekend ever for a movie and the most noteworthy grossing film at the homegrown box-office, beating out Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Building off the accomplishment of Blade and X-Men, Spider-Man really kicked off the modern superhero movie blast that audiences are as yet enjoying today.
Actor RC Everback took to his personal Twitter to showcase the reference photo that the Spider-Man movie producers used to cast him as Eddie Brock, comparing what he looks like now. The photo is Todd MacFarlane’s drawing of Eddie Brock. Everback indicates that he had a scene alongside Tobey Maguire, J.K. Simmons, Bill Nunn, and Elizabeth Banks that was then cut from the finished film.
Eddie Brock would later appear in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy in Spider-Man 3 played by actor Topher Grace. In Spider-Man 3, Eddie Brock appears to be a new photographer that neither Peter Parker nor anybody at the Bugle has met before, so the Eddie referenced in the first film is simply one more unrelated photographer. The Eddie Brock of that film draws more from the Ultimate incarnation of the character, even down to the naming being Eddie Brock, Jr. The ultimate version of Eddie Brock hadn’t even been introduced in the funnies when the first Spider-Man was released, so the producers naturally would have drawn inspiration from the original ’90s incarnation of the character.
Everback appears to join a select group of performers cast in high-profile comic book roles that got cut from the final film, having organization that includes Wayne T. Carr as John Stewart in Zack Snyder’s Justice League and Shailene Woodley as Mary Jane Watson in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The deleted scene of Everback as Eddie Brock has never been released on any form of home video, and there is no context to exactly what the scene would have pertained to. However, with the 20th anniversary of Spider-Man coming up and the rumored appearance of Tobey Maguire in Spider-Man: No Way Home, it very well may be time for a unique home video release for the notorious film.