When Sam Raimi's Spider-Man hit theaters in 2002, it revolutionized the superhero movie genre. Although Blade (1998) and X-Men (2000) had brought a new legitimacy to films based on comic books, Spider-Man was a cultural phenomenon — a story of hope that America desperately needed at the time. Without Raimi's film, we would've never had the modern superhero renaissance.
Fifteen years later, Spider-Man still holds a record: the most successful domestic solo superhero debut, totaling nearly $404 million at the U.S. box office. But Tobey Maguire's Peter Parker may be no match for Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman.
Wonder Woman is the biggest movie of the summer. It stands at $399 million domestically — defeating Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which has grossed $388 million. The only 2017 movie with a better performance is Disney’s Beauty of the Beast, which has grossed $504 million.
It may not be possible for #WonderWoman to catch up with Beauty and the Beast, but it's looking very likely to steal #SpiderMan's domestic record. According to Deadline, Wonder Woman should pass the $400 million mark by next week, and then it's just a short jump to $404 million.
This is a hugely impressive feat for Wonder Woman, but it's likewise impressive that Spider-Man held that title for as long as it did throughout the superhero boom. Even this summer's critically acclaimed Spider-Man: Homecoming is expected to finish with a relatively modest $300 to $325 million domestically.
What's Next For Wonder Woman
A Wonder Woman sequel was just announced at San Diego Comic-Con this year, and Gal Gadot is set to return; we expect director Patty Jenkins to return, but it is not yet confirmed.
Little is known of the sequel despite rumors surrounding Chris Pine’s possible return and a 1980s setting. But one thing is for sure: Warner Bros. and DC Films are eager for the Amazonian warrior to set even more box-office records on December 13, 2019.
Which do you prefer, Wonder Woman or Spider-Man? Sound off in the comments below!