X-Men was really the first one that broke through the barrier, but this is the one that started the fire.
This is the one that led us down the path of the endless superhero movies. They didn’t follow immediately, but this one led us down that path.
This was the biggest movie of 2002. By far. We’re already in the middle of Lord of the Rings mania, so that’s out. And Harry Potter is already established, so that’s out. It was a weak year for prestige fair, so that’s out. This is really the only choice you can make for 2002. Everything else pales in comparison.
This is the biggest thing that happened in 2002. (more…)