15. Making 'Blade'
The modern age of superhero movies really took off in 2000, when X-Men came out of nowhere and proved Marvel could be every bit a big-screen player as its rival, D.C. Comics. But the groundwork had been laid two years earlier with this action/horror hybrid, starring Wesley Snipes as a half-vampire/half-human who hunts down other bloodsuckers. It was the first Marvel-based movie since Howard the Duck to actually get a wide release; more importantly, it was also a hit, generating $70 million at the U.S. box office alone and proving that a well-made movie based on a Marvel comic book property could get butts in seats. Blade paved the way for the deluge that followed.