#in which Bruce Banner finally finds somebody who isn’t afraid to kid around with him #because he has a sense of humour after all #’i’m sorry, that was mean’ anyone? #but everybody tiptoes around him because ‘oh shit, he’s a monster’ #but then he meets Tony #someone who’s not afraid to be around him #someone who might actually be a friend #and that means so much to him and permeates so deep that even when he’s the fucking Hulk he still wants to save Tony’s ass #because by not treating the Hulk like a monster, Tony stopped him from being one
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#because by not treating the Hulk like a monster, Tony stopped him from being one
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That moment when you dont know who to ship Tony with so you just ship him with everyone in the movie
Ok, dumb question. What is the Hulk and his hulkiness supposed to be a metaphor/allegory for? Just anger? I’ve been thinking about this almost constantly since I saw the movie, and not able to articulate it, so sorry if this is disjointed or just super obvious.
I feel like, in this movie, it’s an allegory for depression or anxiety (his transformation is triggered by elevated heart rate, right?) or heck, any kind of mental illness. I googled that to see if I was just being obvious but all I get is a dodgy Pyschology Today article.
It’s something he can’t control, something that affects those around him, something he hates. It makes him hate himself. But it’s something he’s never going to get rid of. It’s not always the right metaphorical fit because there’s that power imbalance. But I see the allegory the most with his interactions with Tony.
In the PT article the author says that Tony is trying to trigger the transformation. I don’t think that’s true. I think that Tony recognises something in Bruce. He recognises that feeling of regret and pain, the kind of regret you get when you did something you didn’t want to do. When you couldn’t control yourself. When you were hurt so deep inside that you just plain couldn’t control the way you reacted to it, almost like a chemical reaction, and you went on an all night bender and accidentally blew up your mansion. Hypothetically speaking, of course.
And that way you know that you can’t undo the hurt you’ve done, you can only keep going and pretend that you don’t see the gap between you and everyone else, the way they look at you out the corner of their eyes waiting for you to let them down again. To act ‘crazy’ again. To fuck up because of COURSE what did you expect. While you are trying desperately not to do that, to keep it together. By yourself. Alone. Isolated.
And his jokes are the best way he knows to let Bruce know that it’s cool. That Tony can take it. That if Bruce hulks out on him, he knows it’s not what he wanted to do. That he’ll deal with that if it happens and he’s ready to do so, but that in the meantime he’s going to deal with Bruce as if he were a whole human being, as if he were the person he’s trying so hard to be. Because he IS that person. He’s just carrying this other person along, as well.
And that gives Bruce the support and the strength to start dealing with this extra thing he’s carrying around. It lets him know that it’s worth dealing with, because he’s a person who matters. He won’t always be seen as just the thing he’s carrying around. He’ll always have that thing. But it won’t always be who he is.
(Source: lawyerupasshole, via otterowl)