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It's hard to believe it now, but a decade ago the Marvel Cinematic Universe was merely a twinkle in Kevin Feige's eye. Today, McU offerings are blockbuster staples, with the likes of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and more providing film fans with thundering entertainment and a connected universe culminating in the Avengers movies.
With Age of Ultron on the horizon, we've gone back through the 10 Marvel films to-date to rank them all from worst to best. Read on to find out our verdict, then join the discussion in the comments below.
10. Iron Man 2 (2010)
If Iron Man was a savvy exercise in kick-starting a shared cinematic universe, then its sequel brought everything crashing back down with a sharp, painful thud. Overstuffed with new characters, multiple plot strands and far-too-much in the way of Avengers set-up, Iron Man 2 is a step down from its predecessor in practically every way. »
You wanna watch out for that Darren Aronofsky. He might just surprise you. After a good couple of decades making grim, magical realist dramas like Requiem For A Dream and Black Swan, he was surrounded by rumours that he was due to direct either/or the second Wolverine film or that ill-fated Robocop remake. In the end he did neither: instead, he did a big-budget retelling of Noah And The Great Flood, in a way that displeased the faithful and was of no interest to his usual audience.
That seemed like something of a left-turn for the auteur director, but it was on the cards for a good while before. Because, not so far back in the mists of time, Aronofsky was approached with an even stranger proposition. Warner Bros were floundering in the wake of their critically and commercially disappointing Batman sequels, eventually canning Joel Schumacher’s plans for another total camp-fest. »
- Tom Baker
Read More: Meet the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Filmmakers In Tony McNamara's new film "Ashby," a teenager named Ed (Nat Wolf) befriends his old next door neighbor Ashby (Mickey Rourke). When Ed learns that Ashby is a former CIA assassin who has led a violent past, their friendship is tested. This is the story of an unlikely bond forged between one man with a life that's just getting started, and another who's life is winding down. Emma Roberts and Sarah Silverman also star in this updated and platonic version of "Harold and Maude," about companionship that spans generations and overcomes differences. What's your film about in 140 characters or less? Ashby is about an awkward kid Ed (played by Nat Wolf) who is given a school assignment to befriend an old person. He starts next door with Ashby, played by Mickey Rourke. They form an unlikely friendship, where Ed learns some »
- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold
Mickey Rourke doesn't know who the hell Rob Gronkowski is ... doesn't care either ... 'cause the actor tells TMZ Sports he practically gave up on the NFL when Dan Marino retired. The "Iron Man 2" star was out in L.A. this weekend -- and we asked if he had any tips for athletes like Gronk who are trying to make it in Hollywood. Rourke's answer is hilarious ... "What made them great athletes is gonna make »
- TMZ Staff
Having broken through in Hollywood as a member of the Brat Pack, Downey Jr quelled turbulent times in the '90s to emerge as one of the most bankable big screen stars. This, of course, is predominantly down to his sensational turn as Tony Stark in 2008's Iron Man, a movie that kick-started the entire McU.
To celebrate Downey's Jr's big day, Digital Spy has collected eight of his greatest Tony Stark moments below...
1. Tony Stark unleashes the Jericho Missile
"They say that the best weapon is the one you never have to fire. I respectfully disagree. I prefer the weapon you only have to fire once," says Tony ahead of his demonstration of the powerful Jericho Missile weapon.
Downey Jr's megawatt charisma was out in full force here just before he took shrapnel to the »
Mickey Rourke says he doesn't care that Manny Pacquiao's camp won't hook him up with free fight tickets -- 'cause he doesn't wanna go anyway!!!! Anyone buyin' that? As we previously reported, Pac's promoter Bob Arum told Mickey he'd have to buy "his own damn tickets" if he wanted to be ringside ... even though he and Manny train at the same L.A. boxing gym. But when we got Mickey out yesterday, not »
- TMZ Staff
April 9th will mark the four year anniversary of director Sidney Lumet's passing, at age 86. Lumet was the first director I interviewed whose one-sheet posters hung on my wall as a kid. He was an idol, an icon, and an inspiration. I wasn't yet 30 in April 1997, when I met him at The Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills for our interview at the press junket for "Night Falls On Manhattan," one of his solid, authentic urban dramas that blended crime, politics and personal revelations that became his signature.
Lumet immediately put any butterflies I had at ease. Diminutive, but with the infectious energy of a teenager, his was a disarming presence. He paid me a compliment on my sportcoat, saying that I looked a bit like the young Mickey Rourke (which I still don't see, but what the hell), then went on to regale me for an hour with »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Another day, another huge star at Manny Pacquiao's L.A. training camp -- this time, Mickey Rourke swung by for a workout ... and TMZ Sports has the footage. Rourke -- sportin' a camouflage vest and some tight white bike shorts -- hit up Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood ... while Manny was inside gettin' his sweat on. PacMan has been working out with a Bunch of big stars lately -- including Tim Tebow, Dave Chappelle »
- TMZ Staff
The Austin Film Society really knows the way to my heart. A brand new series begins this evening at the Marchesa called "Perfect Criminals: The '70s French Noir Connection" and you can buy a full series pass or grab individual tickets for the five French crime classics that Afs will be unspooling in the weeks to come. The first selection in the series is 1969's The Sicilian Clan in 35mm. Jean Gabin and Alain Delon star in this jewel heist thriller from director Henri Verneuil and it plays tonight and again on Sunday afternoon.
Also on Sunday, you've got one more chance to catch Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island Of Dr Moreau. I caught this at Fantastic Fest last year and was utterly fascinated by it. It recently had a screening at Alamo Drafthouse Ritz, but now Afs is giving you a great opportunity »
- Matt Shiverdecker
For every Harry Potter or Hunger Games series, there are those franchises that didn't quite set the world on fire...
Since Insurgent came out, I’ve been thinking about those less fortunate: the franchise wannabes. While Divergent may have succeeded financially, (a film that rode on the coat-tails of the even more lucrative The Hunger Games franchise) there are others who didn’t quite make it into the movie world’s big leagues. These are the franchise-starters that flopped, the films produced with the optimistic hope that they will bring in the readies and kick-start Hollywood’s latest franchise. Worse luck for them, really.
For the sake of simplicity, this list will zero in on Ya franchise-starters, films adapted from a young adult novel or with that audience in mind. There are plenty of more mature films that struggled such as Prince Of Persia: The Sands of Time, The A-Team »
This spring, rev up your engines and get ready to relive the explosive action, daring stunts and high-octane thrills when the 1991 action smash hit Harley Davidson And The Marlboro Man arrives for the first time on Blu-ray on May 19, 2015 from Shout! Factory. Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler, Sin City) and Don Johnson (A Boy and His Dog, TV's Miami Vice) star in this genre collision of biker movie, heist thriller and buddy flick that will take you to the hardline of action and adventure! Co-starring Tom Sizemore (Natural Born Killers), Chelsea Field (The Last Boy Scout), Tia Carrere (True Lies) and Vanessa Williams (Shaft), this relentlessly explosive actioner just may prove that "it's better to be dead and cool than alive and uncool." When their favorite bar is threatened with closure, »
- Pietro Filipponi
Teresa Wright: Later years (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Matt Damon.") Teresa Wright and Robert Anderson were divorced in 1978. They would remain friends in the ensuing years. Wright spent most of the last decade of her life in Connecticut, making only sporadic public appearances. In 1998, she could be seen with her grandson, film producer Jonah Smith, at New York's Yankee Stadium, where she threw the ceremonial first pitch. Wright also became involved in the Greater New York chapter of the Als Association. (The Pride of the Yankees subject, Lou Gehrig, died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in 1941.) The week she turned 82 in October 2000, Wright attended the 20th anniversary celebration of Somewhere in Time, where she posed for pictures with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. In March 2003, she was a guest at the 75th Academy Awards, in the segment showcasing Oscar-winning actors of the past. Two years later, »
- Andre Soares
The 14th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival taking place from April 15 to April 26 in New York City has announced the films selected for screening in the Spotlight screening section.
Co-sponsored by Brookfield Place and The Lincoln Motor Company, Spotlight is destination for today’s most talked about themes and filmmakers and will feature 40 films: 23 narratives and 17 documentaries with 24 of those films being world premieres. Debuting new work from master directors such as the Taviani Brothers (Caesar Must Die), Michael Winterbottom (The Trip To Italy), and Neil Labute (Death At A Funeral), audiences will also be introduced to new voices like first time director Henry Hobson’s Maggie and Pray The Devil Back To Hell producer Abigail Disney’s directorial debut The Armour Of Light.
- Sacha Hall
British action director Ara Paiaya has stopped by at Flickering Myth to talk about his upcoming film Skin Traffik (featuring Gary Daniels, Mickey Rourke, Michael Madsen, Darryl Hannah, Jeff Fahey and Eric Roberts). Paiaya grew up studying martial arts, before developing a passion for film-making and began producing his own films. As well as directing he’s served as actor, producer, cinematographer, cameraman, writer, fight choreograph and editor on his films. A man of many talents.
Tom Jolliffe: Who or what inspired you to get into martial arts?
Ara Paiaya: Originally my Dad. I was already learning martial arts before being old enough to watch action films as I was around five years old when I started. However by the time I was in the middle of primary school I was watching films like Enter the Dragon starring Bruce Lee. »
- Gary Collinson
Way to rock that deep V! Mickey Rourke has changed a lot since he first started out in Hollywood more than three decades ago, and he's not done evolving. If not for his trademark tattoos, the Sin City: A Dame to Kill For actor might have been unrecognizable at a recent event. For one thing, the 62-year-old actor had most of his longish gray hair pushed back and up, a la Ryan Cabrera in the early aughts. He also had on a white deep-v-neck T-shirt, which offered [...] »
The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival will round out the second half of its 97-feature slate with a Spotlight section that includes the world premiere of a zombie movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and a documentary about New York’s “Cannibal Cop,” as well as a Midnight series and a handful of special screenings such as documentary “Mary J. Blige — The London Sessions,” to be followed by a concert performance by Blige.
A couple of work-in-progress screenings also will fill out the Tribeca lineup, following the announcement of the first half of the slate (including competition titles) earlier this week.
The 40 movies filed under Spotlight, which tend to feature the highest proportion of prominent creatives and star performers in Tribeca lineup, this year includes the debuts of films that star Mickey Rourke (Tony McNamara’s “Ashby”), Jessica Biel (Diane Bell’s “Bleeding Heart”), recent Oscar winner Patricia Arquette (Nick Sandow’s “The Wannabe »
- Gordon Cox
Sneak Peek footage from director Dana Brown's PG-rated motorcycle documentary "On Any Sunday", with Mickey Rourke, Scott Caan and Travis Pastrana, now available from Anchor Bay Entertainment on DVD and Blu-ray:
"...following up his father's Academy Award-nominated classic 'On Any Sunday', Dana Brown shows that the passion for riding motorcycles is as strong as ever, capturing the heart and soul of motorcycle culture and the fearless riders who take riding to brave new heights all over the world.
"Go inside customized bike shops with Hollywood stars like Mickey Rourke. Soar through the air with phenomenal athlete and professional daredevil Robbie Maddison. Even ride alongside visionaries in Africa, who use motorcycles to save lives.
"'The Next Chapter' shows that all riders, whether they're a motocross champion like Ashley Fiolek or a 'Grand Prix' champ like Marc Marquez, share the passion for the race, the love of family and friends, »
- Michael Stevens
Well before the mainstream fascination with the soft-core sexual sensibilities of Fifty Shades of Grey, one of the more notable alums of such boundary pushing was American filmmaker Zalman King. After producing the infamous sensation that was Adrian Lyne’s 9 ½ Weeks, King moved into filmmaking himself, debuting in 1988 with Two Moon Junction, before collaborating with his wife Patricia Louisiana Knopp on what stands as his most high profile title with Wild Orchid in 1989, reuniting him with Weeks stars Mickey Rourke. As is often the case with cinema seriously interested in exploring eroticism and titillation, the title suffers from a lot of misplaced energy. Character development and its semblance of a narrative appear to be roughly hewn afterthoughts, its most pronounced moments revolving around extremely stylized sexual congress between several different characters (and stylized in the vein of what we see on display in Verhoeven’s Showgirls).
Emily (Carre Otis) has »
- Nicholas Bell
Variety reported Feb. 9 that Jackal had signed a first-look feature film deal with Fox 2000. Koslow will oversee the development of all films.
Koslow previously served as senior VP of production at Kevin McCormick’s Langley Park Pictures, overseeing “Gangster Squad,” “The Lucky One” and the “Arthur” remake along with the London stage musical of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” directed by Sam Mendes. He is also producing the upcoming feature film “Ashby,” starring Mickey Rourke, Nat Wolff, Emma Roberts and Sarah Silverman.
The Jackal Group has several feature film projects already in development, including Jesse Owens biopic “The Runner,” set at Disney, with Netter Films’ Gil Netter also producing and Antoine Fuqua attached to direct; an untitled feature for Warner Bros. based on the life of Elvis Presley, »
- Dave McNary
The Oscars are less than 96 hours away, so you only have a limited amount of time to brag about your insane knowledge of Academy Awards history. Ready for a brutal 21-question foray into Oscar's grisly past? Let's roll. (We give you the questions on the first page. Jot down your responses, then check the answers, along with the accompanying questions, on the next page. The videos embedded here aren't related to the questions. They're just fun!) 1. What ‘90s Best Actor winner gave the shortest onscreen performance ever nominated (and therefore awarded) in that category? This is measured by total minutes and seconds spent onscreen. 2. The first (and so far only) black female nominee in the Best Original Screenplay category was a co-writer of what biopic released in the 1970s? 3. From 1937 to 1945, the Academy guaranteed nominations in one particular category to any studio that submitted a qualifiable entry. What was the category? »
- Louis Virtel
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