Once you reach middle age, your children mature and grow to resent you. Avengers: Age Of Ultron plays out a warped version of this, but in Tony's case, his rebellious offspring is a giant robot with the voice of James Spader. And in its most "desperate 40-year-old dude" move possible, Marvel circled back around to the teenage Spider-Man, essentially the cinematic equivalent of hanging out in your old high school parking lot telling kids about how you used to go there.
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Once the midlife crisis had passed, the superhero movie seemingly moved into a sort of joyous "I don't even give a crap anymore" phase. The once-stately Thor franchise let loose with the psychedelic hedonism of Ragnarok. And then there was, well, whatever was happening in Aquaman. No, your theater didn't have a gas leak, there were actually scenes featuring dudes riding sharks and giant seahorses, plus a drumming octopus, and it was glorious.
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Most recently, Marvel moved into its golden years with Infinity War and Endgame, both of which are focused on mortality. Infinity War ends with the Avengers helplessly watching their friends pass away. Endgame grapples with the dilemma of how to live your life after that. Minus the superpowers and magic jewelry, this is pretty much what life is like for seniors.
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