This line fascinates me, because most angles on the Hulk go with the Hulk being the protective shell that encases Bruce Banner. But that’s what makes Ruffalo’s Banner so raw and damaged. He sees the Hulk as being exposed.
The definition of expose is to remove what is covering something so that it can be seen.
To Ruffalo’s Banner, the Hulk isn’t so much hiding the man inside, it’s revealing him. The Hulk is literally removing the mask of the mild-mannered, placid scientist and showing the monster that lies beneath. The Hulk is everything Bruce sees and hates in himself. Bruce has always acted aloof and distant to contain his emotions. He always did. People have commented on the fact many, many times. But it’s a lid on a powderkeg that is just waiting to go boom.
I waxed lyrical yesterday about Bruce’s backstory and the “I’m always angry” line, and this concept of exposure just reiterates the fact. The Hulk is Bruce laid bare. The Hulk is the embodiment of Bruce’s fears of being violent and merciless like his father was to him and his mother. He has quite literally become his greatest fear.
Every scene in the film builds on this. He believes everyone sees him as a monster now. He thinks that’s all people can see in him anymore, when he asks if Fury wants him to swallow the cube. He sees the cage they built for him, and knows that they do. He sees people treading on eggshells around him, and the more he sees, the more he believes that they don’t see Bruce anymore. They see the Hulk. They see him for what he is.
Before he comes to understand that the Hulk can be a force for good, that he can use all that rage and strength for good reasons, all he sees is the bad, the thing that scares him, the thing that hurts people and does damage. He has been exposed for what he is truly capable of. This is a man driven to suicide because he hates what he is and can become. “It’s a nightmare”.
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That sounds cool. BUT HOW DOES IT WORK?
(Helicarrier Hulk wakes up, no control, attacks everyone. New York Hulk is good guy buddy only hurt bad guy. Wait! OK! Loki was harshing the vibe on the helicarrier. No, wait further, Loki was just as there in New York. In fact, quite close to Mr. Grabby Hulk.)
I am continually drawn to this dumb film by the interaction between Downey and Ruffalo. I am continually put off by this dumb film by how dumb it is.
Wow, look at this! It’s 2014, and people are still saying things like this! Amazing!!! :D Here, let me explain to you why, and how:
First of all, why do people keep forgetting that The Incredible Hulk happened?? In that film it was shown that Bruce can actually control the Hulk when he deliberately hulks out.
Please notice that Bruce hulked out on the helicarrier because something blew up and he was thrown so hard he fell one floor down through the window. It was obvious that Bruce was hurt and in danger.
Hulk exists to protect Bruce, Bruce was in danger, you do the math.
Not to mention that Bruce was understandably angry at Natasha and Fury because he felt like they’d lied to him. (Therefore, causing Hulk to went after Natasha).
Manhattan Hulk showed up because Bruce ‘asked’ him to. Because he fucking did it on purpose. The Hulk is the physical manifestation of Bruce’s emotions — all his anger, frustration, empathy, sadness, disappointment, sympathy, love, hate, everything. That’s why Hulk knew which are the bad ones and which are the good ones, that’s why he saved Tony from falling off the sky, that’s why he listened to Steve’s orders. Hulk isn’t just some mindless beast who has no feelings whatsoever. He recognised and saved Betty in the midst of his rampage in TIH, looked hesitant when he saw the fear in Natasha’s eyes (it was brief but it was there), punched Thor as a payback, etc. Hulk is not that simple.
Bottom line is, that Bruce can control the Hulk to some degree when he has the option or actually gets to choose, and that’s not what happened on the helicarrier.
So, yea, that’s how.
In this post the uneducated are taught that The Hulk isn’t a mindless monster born simply out of rage.
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- 3 months ago
Mark Ruffalo is reblogging gifs of himself and commenting on his characters. My life is complete.
Can we all just appreciate how actors are now joining the websites their fans are on and being all self aware and stuff?
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So this is something I’ve had on my mind for awhile that I don’t think I’ve ever seen mentioned on here before.
In “The Incredible Hulk”, when Bruce hulks out, the first thing that changes are his eyes.
In “The Avengers”, his eyes are the last thing to change.
Just that I find interesting, but it could also be looked at symbolically. Eyes are commonly considered windows to the soul.
In the first film, or at least in the scene above, Bruce is trying to bring out the monster.
A. Because it’s the only thing powerful enough to stop the abomination
B. He figures if he learns to control it, he can use it to help people
Obviously he does eventually learn how to have a handle on it [see “I’m always angry”], but when Bruce first hulks out in the Avengers, it’s unwillingly.
It’s stress, and fear, and high heart rate, and “Oh no, I’m going to hurt someone.”
In the first GIF Bruce is channeling the Hulk as a hero.
In the second GIF, he’s resisting the Hulk as a monster.
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So yesterday we were discussing the features of a gothic hero in class, and as per usual I was thinking about Bruce banner, because you know. What else am I going to think about? The books I should be studying? ahahahaha no.
So I then realised that early Hulk comics in particular are very much covered in silly gothic tropes. For a start there’s the obvious Jekyll and Hyde/ Frankenstein inspiration for Bruce and Hulk, but that’s not all there is. This obviously builds on the ‘foolish/evil scientist trope present in later gothic fiction, however that’s pretty obvious and the literary reference is even acknowledged by Bruce himself in The Incredible Hulk: The End.
There are also a butt load of other tropes though, and I kind of don’t quite understand why… Ok, so a strong hero, at least in the work of Anne Radcliffe, is one who is able to acknowledge and then repress his emotions. Sound familiar? For a male gothic hero acting on ones emotions is a big nono, which is something Hulk readers are all too familiar with. Repression is a huge theme in both, as is the ability to rationalise and separate oneself from emotions.
And in contrast to this, there is Betty. (again, early early Betty, not later Betty she’s a badass.) Now female characters in contrast are defined by their outward show of emotions, which are often very physical, as the character tries to remain strong but is betrayed by her blushing/fainting/crying. Betty is a big culprit for this, there is a lot of fainting and frustrated crying in the first issues. She is also constantly kidnapped, another key trope for the gothic heroine. She is defined, during this period by her love for Bruce, which overcomes all other motivations. A perfect gothic heroine.
General Ross, then, must represent the overbearing, power seeking patriarch. His desire for power, leads him to betray his daughter’s trust and to overlook her happiness. (This is a harsh reading of general Ross, but he said Bruce should be more like Brian so I have no sympathy for that man.)
The explained supernatural is also explored in these comics, not only through Bruce turning into a big ol’ irradiated rage monster, there is also the idea of generational curses. Brian Banner’s fear that Bruce will become a ‘monster,’ the same way he views himself and his Father, indicates an unfounded belief in genetic personality traits, which is essentially a modernised belief in generational curses. Ironically this curse is sort of made a reality by Brian Banners fear based abuse - a typical Radcliffe style plot device. (Though Radcliffe might suggest originally that Bruce was cursed by the ‘Banner family curse’ before explaining it away.)
Anyway, I think this is interesting and noone in real life will listen. You might not care. I don’t know how to do a click through link so sorry about that…