How Spider-Man forever redefined the summer movie for Hollywood

This weekend, Sony inadvertently celebrated the 18th anniversary of “Spider-Man” when it became known that its Marvel-hero blockbusters share a common tag: the Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters. inspired derisive blowback, but critics should also give credit where it’s due: After “Spider-Man” opened in 2002, Hollywood has never been the same. The origin myth of Peter Parker went on to create an origin myth of its own: Not only was it the first indication that the Marvel Comics movie universe would become a juggernaut, but it also enshrined the first weekend of May as the real opening of the summer movie season. Video: Tom Holland doesn't know when new Spider-Man shoot (Bang Showbiz) “Spider-Man” remains the fifth-biggest Marvel hit, behind the three “Avengers” titles and “Black Panther.” (All figures and comparisons are adjusted to 2020 ticket-price equivalents.) To this day, “Spider-Man” remains the biggest Marvel title not released by Disney. Nor was it the first Marvel revival from that period; other Marvel characters to see feature adaptations included New Line Cinema’s “Blade” franchise starring Wesley Snipes, which launched in 1998, and first “X-Men” in2000 from 20th Century Fox. However, “Spider-Man” was the first to provide a rough template of the Marvel movies as we know them today. “Spider-Man” captured the spirit of the Richard Donner “Superman” movies, emphasizing the human side of their characters while adding humor and romance, all in the context of action and FX. At the time it one of the most expensive titles ever made, and a major risk — particularly as the initial film for a franchise. And, like any massively expensive production, “Spider-Man” would be expected to claim a summer release date. In subsequent years, “X-Men” and “Mission: Impossible” sequels also chose to open on the first weekend of May. Panic Room (Sony) Week 6; Last weekend #8 .1 million/.3 million (-50%) in 1,827 theaters (-636); PTA: ,143/,806; Cumulative gross: .0 million/.8 million Gallery: The 17 best sci-fi movies you can stream on Netflix right now (INSIDER)