[With X-Men: Days of Future Past opening on Friday, I'm taking a look back at the X-Men movie franchise. These reviews contain spoilers.]
If X-Men (and to a lesser extent Blade) had reopened the door for superhero movies, Spider-Man blew the door off its hinges. It became the first movie to ever make over $100 million over a single weekend, and the movie was unabashedly colorful and comic book in its origins. Sam Raimi‘s movie may not be perfect, but it knew exactly what it wanted to be, and audiences embraced it. As for Bryan Singer, X-Men was a hit. It was the ninth-highest grossing film of 2000 and received positive reviews. Keep in mind that he did this after losing six months of production time.
Now with X2 the director had found the characters, established the world, and had the financial and creative freedom to let loose.