I always assumed that Venom was intentionally Like That, but after I read that interview, turns out Hardy and the first director had a very different artistic vision going on, and somehow both of those made it to the final version. For example, lobster tank? All Hardy, director didn't even want it in initially.
Andy Serkis, otoh, seems to have been brought in specifically bc his artistic vision does mesh well with Hardy's, and they apparently managed to make the movie they both wanted in Venom 2 (serkis being quoted that his directors cut is at most 20 minutes longer than the one that will end up in cinema).
1) Venom 1 was actually a Venom with the brakes on, and
no listen, i would love to see venom in the mcu, not bc i think they'd handle him well (they won't) but because i think tom hardy would absolutely drive the disney execs up the fucking wall, and personally I think that'd be HILARIOUS, like
disney: hey tom let us see what you have
tom hardy, climbing another lobster tank: GAY VENOM AT A GAY RAVE
We have all been so hurt by these "first gay character" and "it's a love story" stunts that Disney and Marvel has been pulling for so long that seeing Andy Serkis and Tom Hardy say literally anything like that has all of our fight or flight responses on edge.
I just love tortured little men who are haunted by an otherwordly or evil being that corrupts their life from the inside out while they struggle to retain their humanity and sense of self against the allure of chaos and power that seeks to consume them