Max Fist claims he’s a hero from another dimension who has somehow landed on Earth and been stripped of his powers. Instead of treating him like a powerful champion, no one believes Max’s claims — except for a teenager named Hamster and his sister Indigo. The siblings convince Max to help them take out a local drug gang, where Max’s abilities are put to a violent and harrowing test.
Since it was first popularized in Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen comic/graphic novel in the mid-’80s, the “superhero on the skids” trope hasn’t had all that many iterations on film. There was 2008’s “Hancock,” starring Will Smith as the titular drunkard/anti-Superman; and of course the character of Wolverine, featured in several pictures, has his ups and downs. In “Archenemy,” the fellow with above-average powers, who guzzles booze in alleyways and punches walls to no avail while complaining “I used … to punch holes … in space,” bemoans his lost powers while insisting on not being called a superhero.
This character introduces himself in an animated introductory sequence in which he describes himself in voice-over, while the images depict how he came to be in his contemporary sorry state. He was a hero in another dimension, powered by “cosmic blood,” but was outwitted and fell into our (slightly futuristic itself) universe, where he’s a decrepit nobody. Dubbed “Max Fist” by street kid and wannabe Internet influencer Hamster (Skylan Brooks), he vexedly tells his new Boswell “Say super one more f**kin’ time.”
Hamster’s older sister Indigo (Zolee Griggs) .