This probably would have happened even if Spiderman had tanked at the Box Office, but the fact that it made more than $400 million domestically didn't help matters. According to the Wall Street Journal today, Hollywood is on a big-time superheroes kick with the release this weekend of Daredevil being just the tip of the iceberg. Coming later this summer is X-Men 2 followed by The Hulk. And then next year we will get Spiderman 2, The Punisher and Iron Fist, followed by Blade III and Iron Man in 2005. By that time, of course, we will probably also have Daredevil 2 and a spinoff movie for Jennifer Garner's Electra character (both already in the works). Plus there are rumored movie scripts and projects in development for Ghost Rider, the Fantastic Four, Silver Surfer and Sub-Mariner. And that doesn't even take into account the inevitable rebirth of the Superman and Batman franchises.
So what is left to do? Surely they will do movies for Capatin America, Green Lantern, Aqua-Man and The Flash. Superhero movies are bound to become as prolific in our generation as Westerns were during the previous generations.