I for one am approaching 40, so I'm not sure if you consider me a "younger fan"; but I have no problem telling you that I am a Venom fan. The bottom line is this, if Venom were such a "one-note character" he would never have gained the popularity that still holds onto today. I know that bitching about Venom is the cool thing to do now a days, but give it a rest. You really just come across sounding like an old man bitching about todays music or using school buses instead of walking a mile thru the snow with no shoes. Venom's a great character and is just as deserving of iconic status as the Green Goblin, Sandman, or Doctor Octopus.
I will however say that I wish Raimi hadn't had the charater forced on him. 3 storylines is what killed Spidey 3.
In part 4 and 5 I'm hoping to see the Lizard on a rampage, Kraven hunting him, and Spidey caught in the middle trying to stop them both. I'd also have no problem with Peter having no love interest whatsoever in these next movies.