Gal Gadot’s path to becoming a worldwide sensation as Wonder Woman is an interesting one. She first gained fame by winning the Miss Israel title at the young age of 18, thanks to her stunning looks and intelligence. Her time in the Israel Defense Forces may have also contributed to her comfort with wielding weapons in movies like The Fast and the Furious series. Even before she hit the big screen, she was already making waves, appearing in Maxim magazine’s 2007 feature on the Women of the Israel Defense Forces. Aside from her service in the military, she also pursued higher education in law and international relations while simultaneously modeling for top Israeli fashion brands. Though she ultimately left her studies to pursue acting in Hollywood, it was her role as Wonder Woman in the 2017 standalone film that truly launched her career. While the movie grossed over $820 million worldwide and set records, it was later surpassed by Black Panther. Fans are eagerly anticipating the release of Wonder Woman II to see if it reclaims its throne.