Chris Evans is depressed

criticism - "Avengers: Endgame" - The superheroes of Marvel are in mourning

Just a quick snap of his finger was enough for the villain Thanos in the last "Avengers" movie to turn half of humanity to dust. Among them were deserving heroes from the Marvel universe who had helped flush billions in profits into the corporate coffers over the past ten years. It was the end of the film that is considered the greatest cliffhanger in film history, not only among die-hard comic film fans.

State of affairs: The ranks of superheroes are thinned

And so at the beginning of the final sequel "Avengers: Endgame" there is initially great depression on planet earth. The ranks in the superhero camp are thinned and the mourning for the lost colleagues is great. Captain America (Chris Evans) runs a self-help group, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) has withdrawn into family life, while Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) tiredly runs crime-fighting headquarters.

And the omnipotent Thor has surrendered in frustration to the drunkenness, for which the pixel master Chris Hemsworth tied a beer wampe on the astral body.

Ant-Man's idea: time travel could undo the crime

The saving idea comes from the smallest member of the superhero team. Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) spent the halving of humanity somewhere in the time tunnel, the quantum theoretical explanation of which no one understood in “Ant-Man and the Wasp”. He wants to use technology to travel back in time, where what happened should be undone.

Directors Anthony and Joe Russo are well aware that the time machine is an extremely worn aid. They try to neutralize this narrative weakness by self-deprecating references to almost all relevant time travel films. It is fought valiantly and even bravely died and the myth of superheroic invincibility is partially undermined to increase the tension.

The Russos stretched the last act of the “Avengers” series to a mere three hours of cinema and recruited pretty much every superhero who saw the light of day under the “Marvel” seal in the final battle slaughter.

It's really the end of the Avengers now

The company party never gets boring because the directing duo loosens up the epic breadth again and again with humor and moments of superheroic self-reflection. Whether there will be a relaunch of the “Avengers” films in the near future after this lavish finale is open to speculation.

This is mainly decided in new contract negotiations with the actors, some of whom are visibly looking for a final exit, others like Brie Larson's “Captain Marvel” and Chadwick Boseman's “Black Panther” have only just warmed up. Resurrections are part of the corporate strategy at “Marvel”: The profitable “Spider-Man” has been brought back to life four times in just sixteen years.

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By Martin Schwickert / RND