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11. 'Iron Man 2'
Director: Jon Favreau
Stars: Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Mickey Rourke, Don Cheadle, Sam Rockwell, Clark Gregg, John Slattery, Gary Shandling
Marvel's follow up to "Iron Man," the global smash that validated their studio, has always been given less respect than it deserves. Granted, the sequel probably had too much universe building going on, but it also skillfully substituted Cheadle for Terrence Howard and introduced the Black Widow (Johansson). Moreover, Mickey Rourke did everything possible to make his dialogue unintelligible while still making Whiplash one of Marvel's most visually impressive and genuinely scary villains. Did the movie also need a second villain played by Sam Rockwell or a third act battle that never seemed to end? Probably not, but it was still entertaining as hell to watch.
- Gregory Ellwood