Tuesday, July 8, 2008


After a transformation, Eric Bana as "Bruce" tell's  Betty ( Jennifer Connelly) that being the Hulk feels like a release of .."rage, power and freedom". I think the  hulk resonates with all of us , because we all  have a side that we try to hide from others. We all have in fact been so angry that we wanted to smash something  , though hopefully maturity and reason overruled instinct. Yet, the hulk is like a boastful angry child, unable to control his rage or understand the complex harmful world around him. His  only way to communicate his feelings are to act out physically like an oversized toddler. I have long been a fan of the Hulk as created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.  While it appears the story of the Hulk is very simplistic, it is quite a complex character.  In the end the Hulk's worst nemesis is not a jealous  megalomaniac like Lex Luthor , a demented madman like the Joker, or a twisted genius ( although the Leader comes close). The Hulk's greatest nemesis is himself. The Hulk is so compelling because he is a monster who is often placed in the role of a reluctant  hero. The early Hulk comics did a wonderful job of capturing the monsters true selfish nature  and volatile temper. The early Hulk was not a green puppy.  He was a jerk!  He was confrontational,   agressive,  mean, very much a force to be reckoned with that despised most men  because they hunted and persecuted him.  Ironcally. the Hulk hated his alter ego Banner and Banner hated the Hulk, though they were essensially the same.

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