Loki: Oh no, you brought the monster.
It took me a little while, but I'm finally doing an update in my Avengers series. Yay! I had originally planned on doing Captain America next, but that didn't turn out exactly as planned. However, I think it'll be fitting to do the "climax" with the Cap. For now, I give you, The Other Guy:
The Hulk is not my favorite of comic book stories. Who really cares about a guy who hulks out as some green, rage monster? I didn't. I actually enjoyed Ang Lee's The Hulk mostly because I found it an original, artsy take on the story with a great soundtrack and a deeper, darker look into the Hulk's story, yet even then I still wasn't that impressed with the Hulk's story. It wasn't until Mark Ruffalo's performance that I stopped to take notice. Obviously everyone did. Mark Ruffalo wasn't the star and he didn't get all this screen time to develop the character, but somehow he gave us the most convincing Bruce Banner yet. We can praise Joss Whedon again and his great writing, but I think Mark Ruffalo himself gets a lot of credit. He played Bruce quietly, and I think that is the key right there, the contrast between man and monster. Bruce is a little awkward, a little paranoid, but entirely unobtrusive, while inside of him he holds a raging beast that threatens to break the normal existence he is trying to maintain. There is a tension and a depth there that Ruffalo expresses so well through his nervous body language and dry, pessimistic humor. It makes you think about the inner turmoil of this man and the monster that was unleashed within himself. In this storyline, it was Bruce Banner's taking part of the "super-soldier" program (the one that made the one and only Captain America), that made him what he is. He was mistake, or so it seemed. I think it is intriguing to see The Hulk as a sort of alter ego to The Captain. Steve Rogers, though a man who was outwardly weak, was given the super power because of the strength and integrity of the man within. On the flip-side, The Hulk is the creation of unworthy, little men desiring power and doing everything they can to manipulate it. Indeed, Bruce Banner spends most of his time hiding and running just so no one can misuse the "other guy". Even Loki's plan was centered around the Hulk, hoping for his transformation and the much needed destruction that would ensue. Obviously all pretenses of trying to control "The Hulk" for selfish ambition fails in the end, which leaves Bruce Banner a haunted Dr. Jekyll at the mercy of his Hyde. Or is he?
|The Hulk 2003. Science. So pretty and yet so dangerous.|
For my own piece, I kept it simple, with the vivid colors of green and purple. It was difficult for me to create movement in the piece, but thankfully to my current obsession with veins/trees, I was able to add the pattern of the veins throughout the piece. I thought it was fitting, since the Hulk is a part of him, running in his veins, part of his system and body makeup. This is science after all! Also, it wasn't a coincidence that the composition is similar to my Loki piece, except flipped. In this way I wanted to express that same duality which is like, but unlike Loki's; the raging Hulk materializing behind the unassuming Bruce Banner, separate, but part, and the path before him is one that is unlike either. Here is a detail:
Thus ends my Hulk post. Prepare for the Cap next time around! Stay tuned!
That's my secret, Cap. I'm always angry.
He makes everything beautiful in its time . . . Ecclesiastes 3:11