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As Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. kicks off on TV this week (Tuesday in the US; Friday in the UK) and the Age Of Ultron looms (like the Age of Aquarius, only with more killer robots and shorter hair), it's time to reassemble Marvel's dream team and cast an eye over some of their best work to date. The Avengers: Age Of Ultron doesn't start shooting until early 2014 and won't be out until summer 2015, but here's where to get your fix of the Avengers until then.

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Robert Downey Jr., Iron Man

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Chaplin (1992)
A worthy biopic of the silent era great and a showcase of Downey Jr.'s extraordinary talents. From vaudeville pratfalls and soundless mimickery to the graver business of Chaplin's failed marriages and run-ins with J. Edgar Hoover, he is, as the expression goes, ever Oscar-nominatable.

Tropic Thunder (2008)
Aussie tearaway Kirk Lazarus, playing Sergeant Lincoln Osiris is an explosive vessel for RDJ to crank up the silly to amazing new levels in a movie that started out promisingly as Spinal Tap-meets-Hearts Of Darkness and ended up as Air America 2. No blame for Downey though, who is joint MVP with an equally OTT Tom Cruise.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
As loveable loser Harry Lockhart, Downey Jr. makes seriously merry with Shane Black dialogue and a voiceover narration in which he says things like, "Don't worry, I saw Lord Of The Rings; I'm not gonna end this 20 times." Hyper self-aware and clearly such a fun activity that they decided to reteam for Iron Man 3.

Weird Science (1985)
Probably not one that would feature highly on the man's CV – at least, not ahead of Wonder Boys, Restoration, The Soloist or pretty much any of the other films he's been in – but darn it, look how young he is!

Chef (2014)
With no Iron Man 4 planned and Avengers: Age Of Ultron still two years distant, Downey Jr. has picked up some smaller projects, including law drama The Judge, and this, a reunion with Iron Man director/co-star Jon Favreau set on the LA restaurant circuit. No word on what he's doing in it, although it's bound to involve dealing with carb-avoiding customers given the setting.

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1 He's not an avenger but he should be.
You should've listened to Chris Hemsworth and put Tom Hiddleston on this list. More

Posted by leilihawk on Tuesday October 8, 2013, 15:51

2 SLJ = Moss?
Whenever I see a picture of SLJ from Unbreakable, I can't help but think of Moss from The I.T. Crowd More

Posted by dctuck on Tuesday October 8, 2013, 12:55

3 JUNGLE FEVER
how can anybody let alone a movie magazine forget to mention his scary as hell performance as a crackhead for spike lee More

Posted by bill the butcher on Tuesday October 8, 2013, 03:25

4 P U N C T U R E
chris evans stole scenes in THE ICEMAN and was oscar worthy imo in PUNCTURE More

Posted by bill the butcher on Tuesday October 8, 2013, 03:11

5 Ruffallo should have got an Oscar for Zodiac
My fave film of the last few years and he is the standout. Criminally ignored by the Academy. Would agree that Scar-Jo is the weak point of The Prestige though I generally like her. More

Posted by spideed2 on Monday October 7, 2013, 13:05

6 RE: A Few Alternatives?
Oh QuietLife , you are hilarious! My goodness. Just picked myself up off the floor. Time to refund my Eddie Izzard tickets and scour the Empire forum for your posts instead. On a serious note, I'd take Sherlock Holmes over Weird Science any day of the week. I wonder if you were even alive when that was out?! More

Posted by Hillsman on Sunday September 29, 2013, 16:39

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Renner did some pretty great roles! Loved Dahmer! He did a small part in James Gray's The Immigrant this year. Looking forward to seeing him in American Hustle (what a great cast!) I think he's going to be phenomenal in Kill the Messenger (acc. to some interviews I've read...) More

Posted by Liam2013 on Friday September 27, 2013, 16:47

8 Scarlett Johansson's pink underwear...
I remember Empire printed my question to Sofia Coppola years ago when I asked about the opening shot of Lost In Translation; thanks for that!! Anyway; love Johansson but I thought she was a massive weak point in The Prestige opposite Batman, Wolverine and Alfred. Just saying! More

Posted by waltham1979 on Thursday September 26, 2013, 11:14

9 Hemsworth
Without IMDB, I can't name more than 4 films for Thor. More

Posted by NateDrake007 on Thursday September 26, 2013, 11:10

10 Nice List
Evans in Sunshine was one of my favourite performances from him, he worked well as the voice of reason when others were suggesting radical plans that would jepordize the mission. Samuel L Jackson has too many films to list here, he is just great! I enjoyed Renner in 28 Weeks Later and Ruffalo in Shutter Island. More

Posted by Hugh_Fran on Thursday September 26, 2013, 10:05

11 Samuel L. Jackson
More importantly, this list is missing Snakes on a Plane! More

Posted by Killjoy_Gee on Thursday September 26, 2013, 07:21

12 Samuel L. Jurassic Park
Should be on this list. More

Posted by d0m_l on Thursday September 26, 2013, 00:15

13 Chris Evans has a few better movies than cellular
Im sure Evans would of prefered 1000 times if you put Puncture instead of Cellular, also The Iceman, and Snowpiercer More

Posted by exile31094 on Wednesday September 25, 2013, 18:12

14 RE: A Few Alternatives?
I think it says "Finest Career Moments" not "Average Career Moments"! More

Posted by QuietLife on Wednesday September 25, 2013, 15:11

15 A Few Alternatives?
RDJ - Sherlock Holmes FFS!! Evans - Push Renner - Bourne Jackson - The Negotiator More

Posted by Hillsman on Wednesday September 25, 2013, 13:35

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changing lanes over Pulp Fiction?!?!? are you on crack??? More

Posted by themanfromunkle on Wednesday September 25, 2013, 13:10

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