With so many titles to choose from, Netflix Instant's library can be overwhelming. So we bring you this biweekly column as a tool to cut through the clutter by highlighting some now streaming titles that pair well with the latest theatrical releases.
Looking to Iron Man 3, The Great Gatsby, and Peeples for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of Marvel Universe movies, romances from literature, and crowd-pleasing comedies with underrated stars.
Iron Man 3
Robert Downey Jr returns to the role that revived his career for what could be Iron Man's final act. (So says Sean!) When a nightmarish terrorist called the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) emerges, Tony Stark dives into the fray, and he's taking his friends with him. Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle co-star. Shane Black directs.
If you're anything like me, you can't just stop with one Marvel movie. Since seeing Iron Man 3, I've gone back to re-watch the adventures below as well as The Avengers (twice!) Unfortunately, that title is not streaming, but you can look ahead to possible Avengers 2 plotlines with an animated double-feature.
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) In The Avengers he was Tony Stark's biggest foil, but he beat Iron Man to the hero game by a lifetime. Chris Evans stars as Steve Rogers, a scrawny wannabe soldier with a noble heart and natural fearlessness. When the US Army seeks a test subject for a superhero serum that might given them the edge on menacing Nazi forces, this brave kid from Brooklyn is the perfect choice. Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell, and Stanley Tucci co-star.
Thor (2011) Before Iron Man was calling him "Shakespeare in the Park," Thor was having his breakout moment in this high drama adventure. Chris Hemsworth stars as the impetuous God of Thunder who is thrown to Earth and forced to learn humility. While there he not only needs to mount a defense to save his kingdom, but also one to save his new human friends. Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, and Anthony Hopkins co-star; Kenneth Branagh directs.
Ultimate Avengers: The Movie (2006) Like the live-action epic, this Avengers movie follows a recently defrosted Captain America battling with Earth's mightiest heroes to take down a heinous alien threat. However, this Avengers ensemble not only offers Black Widow, The Incredible, Hulk, Thor, and Iron Man, but also Giant Man, and Wasp. Also streaming is Ultimate Avengers 2 with Black Panther.