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Subj: Re: Hulk Movie
Posted: Sat Jun 21, 2008 at 09:38:12 am EDT (Viewed 70 times)
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Posted: Sat Jun 21, 2008 at 06:22:51 am EDT (Viewed 106 times)
Rooting for the protagonist is not the be all and end of all any intimate experience with a narrative.
For me, it was exactly the fact that the movies and other media focused on Banner that had me interested. Hulk's actual comic gets really boring really fast when its just about Hulk. In fact, for a self-admittedly "less cerebral" movie, The Incredible Hulk put forth an interestingly profound thought that made me really stop to think.
When Banner and Betty are driving in the car to see the mysterious Mr. Blue we get to see deep into Banner's motivations toward the Hulk - he wants to destroy it. He doesn't want to learn to live with it, and have tea and crumpets with it, and get along all howdy-do. He wants the monster dead. This is an allegory we should all relate to. We all have a bad side, but we can't just destroy it either. It's a part of who we are.
Banner's drive to eliminate the Hulk is unbalanced - he's not seeking balance with it - and so he is doomed. This has all the makings of a superb tragedy (sadly its a serial so we'll never really see that). What should make this work is that the Hulk should be unpredictable and scary (which they got a bit of in this movie). Stan Lee's original concept had a man transforming at night into something that didn't act like him, believe in the same things, etc. That should be terrifying.
People who live with Multiple Personality Disorder often have a personality that is horrified by the others. That should concern all of us. Its like a stranger taking your wife on a date and all you can do is hear about it. Its like some criminal committing horrible acts WITH YOUR APPEARANCE and making it so YOU have to go on the run. That's MPD.
Look at it from this perspective: You root for the Hulk, but his motivations are just as incompatible as Banner's. The Hulk's main goal in life is to be left alone:
1. I don't want Hulk to be left alone because then there would be no conflict in the stories, and I don't want that.
2. I know that the Hulk will never be left alone because then there would be nothing to tell an interesting story with. "Hulk, outside of his Cave of Solitude is picking flowers and being left alone. The Abomination descends from the sky with an earth-shattering landing. Hulk asks to be left alone. Abomination: "Ok, fine be that way." Abomination walks away." Marvel won't allow that.