'Expendables': What If They Made Comic-Book Movies in the '80s?
Arnold Schwarzenegger's Captain America
Lieutenant Jack America was just a typical All-American army commando, born and raised in Nebraska, until he was sent with his elite squad to retrieve the President's daughter from the clutches of a terrorist organization named the Skulls. Tragedy strikes when Lieutenant America's commanding officer, Captain Fury (Carl Weathers), is killed by an enemy agent. Now Captain America is in charge. And his colors don't run.
Jean-Claude Van Damme's Wolverine
Logan Jones was a legend in the world of underground punch-fighting. He wanted to leave his past behind him and start a family. But his bitter, vengeful rival Vittorio ''Sabretooth'' Creed (1989 Lightweight Boxing Champion of the World Julio César Chávez) demands a rematch — and when Logan refuses, Vittorio's goons kidnap Logan's family and beat Logan so brutally that he suffers amnesia. But there's one thing Logan doesn't forget: How to fight.
Sylvester Stallone's Ghost Rider
In this sober-minded Vietnam allegory, Stallone plays Johnny Blaze, a highway patrolman left for dead by corrupt members of his own police force. A shell of man with nothing besides his motorcycle, Blaze sets off to find the men who killed him. And, perhaps, he is also trying to find himself. (Later followed by the far more successful sequel Spirit of Vengeance: Ghost Rider, Part 2, wherein Blaze rides his motorcycle to Vietnam and explodes everything.)
Dolph Lundgren's Thor
Soviet agent Fyodor Thorchenko is blown almost to pieces by a landmine, but his Soviet overseers use Soviet science to rebuild him as a commie super-soldier. The vile Premier Leo Lokiovich (Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham) wants to dispatch him to the war zone. But will the love of the young intellectual nurse Jane Fostrova (Brigitte Nielsen) turn Thor into a hero for democratic reform? Featuring M. Emmet Walsh as the comic relief American sidekick, Dr. Donny Blake.
Sylvester Stallone's Spider-Man
Puny four-eyed nerd Peter Parker doesn't go home to the old neighborhood too often. That all changes when his beloved Uncle Ben (Burgess Meredith) is killed in a hail of gunfire. You see, Peter Parker wasn't always Peter Parker. His given name is Pietro Spidero. But the world will know him as Spider-Man.
Bruce Willis' X-Men
Laconic detective Charlie X (Bruce Willis) leads a task force of the LAPD's undesirables — including world-weary cop Scott Summers (Kurt Russell) and master of disguise Jean Grey (Kelly LeBrock). The Mayor of Los Angeles (Robert Davi) gives Charlie's squad carte blanche to execute criminals without trial. On the streets of LA, fear has a new name: The X-Men.
Chuck Norris' Green Lantern
The war was never really over for Hank Jordan, an ex-Green Beret with a special talent for firing really big guns. Now, he's going behind enemy lines on a mission of mercy. For the captured POWs, Jordan is the light at the end of the tunnel, a Green Lantern guiding them home.
Jet Li's Daredevil
Jet Li plays legendary blind martial arts master Nánz? Háo Bù Wèijù in this thrilling kung fu classic, featuring fight choreography by Hong Kong legend Yuen Woo-ping. Li played the character in three sequels, before being replaced by Vincent Zhao in Daredevil IV: Rise of Bullseye.
Arnold Schwarzenegger's Iron Man
In this charming action comedy, Arnold Schwarzenegger plays billionaire super-genius Tony Stark, who builds a robot bodyguard... played by Arnold Schwarzenegger! Hilarity, mistaken identity, and explosions ensue when Tony goes into hiding, leaving his ''Iron Man'' to protect his beloved daughter (Alyssa Milano) and his wacky brother-in-law (Danny DeVito) from ridiculously stereotypical Chinese industrial magnate Gene Khan (Ben Kingsley, decidedly not Chinese.)
Jean-Claude Van Damme's The Batman
One man. One baseball bat. Hundreds of broken bones.