I got a fluffy pink Pegasus sweater. Good excuse to take rediculous selfies
I’ve been doing a lot of Hulk-based reading and watching (both films. Don’t even ask) lately. Taking what I’ve seen in the comics, the old TV show (my favourite when I was 10), and the little we get of the Ruffalo-Bruce-backstory, I got to thinking about the quote above.
"I’m always angry".
I’ve seen a lot of people who were flailing that it didn’t make sense, that if Bruce was always angry, he would always be the Hulk. But this is where Bruce’s backstory is so key. He came from an abusive household, where he was weak and he was vulnerable, and I have no doubt that he was always angry about the fact he could do nothing about it.
Bruce in the comics is made of pent-up emotion. He shows nothing. Betty repeatedly comments on it, because she can’t understand him at all. And that’s because Bruce is afraid of the anger inside him, the fact that he could become like his father, that he could and might lash out. (There’s also a whole split-personality arc apparently, but I’ve not reached that yet and whoa complicated)
Because it’s contained, it builds and builds, hidden behind the calm facade. It’s always there. People talking down at him, people calling him weak, people dismissing him. It all bothers him, but he just crushes it down. But don’t believe that for a second. Bruce Banner has no patience for idiots. He calls them on their BS all the time. He pretty much says “were you always this stupid or did you have to work at it?” when someone is blatantly dumb in front of him. He’s a man with a hell of a lot of frustration and anger seeping to the surface, just waiting for an outlet.
And then I remembered this exchange in the Avengers:
STEVE: So, this Doctor Banner was trying to replicate the serum that was used on me?
AGENT PHIL COULSON: A lot of people were.
See, this makes the “I’m always angry” thing even more painful.This may only be MCU-verse, but in this context, it really makes sense.
We’ve been told way back in Captain America: The First Avenger that this serum “makes good become great, bad become worse”. So Bruce is not only affected by gamma radiation, but by a serum which takes what is at the core of him and amplifies it to the nth degree. It takes that anger, that grief, that split between placid scientist and the fury he’s contained for so long and turns it all the way up.
Everything he’s tried to hold in for so many years bursts out in the Hulk. And understandably, he hates and fears it at first. It’s everything he’s tried not to be: feral, dangerous, violent, unthinking. He only sees the surface, just like everyone else, but little by little, he comes to see that just because he’d always tried to hide those parts of him, it didn’t mean they were bad.
That wry half-smile and look back, that “I’m always angry”, is Bruce going “you know what? I am always angry, but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing”. That’s Bruce seeing what he can do with these emotions that he has smothered for so long. That’s when Bruce and the Hulk are finally on equal terms.
These two were supposedly based on a real couple, who said they wouldn’t board a life boat as long as there were younger people still aboard the ship. They both went below deck, presumably to their room, and that’s the last time they were seen.
Isador & Ida Straus
The couple had been married for 41 years at the time of the disaster. They raised six children together, and were almost inseparable. On the rare occasion that they were apart, they wrote each other every day. They even celebrated their birthdays on the same day, although they were well apart from one another. During the sinking, Titanic’s officers pleaded with the 63 year old Ida to board a lifeboat and escape the disaster, but she repeatedly refused to leave her husband. Instead, she placed her maid in a lifeboat, taking her fur coat off and handing it to the maid while saying, “I won’t need this anymore”. At one point, she was convinced to enter one of the last two lifeboats, but jumped out as her husband walked away to rejoin him.
When last seen by witnesses, they were standing on deck, holding each other in a tight embrace. Their funeral drew some 6,000 mourners at Carnegie Hall.
A monument to them still stands in a Bronx cemetery, it’s inscription reads: “Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it.”
why wasn’t the movie about them
why wasn’t the movie about them
WHY WASN’T THE MOVIE ABOUT THEM
WHY WASNT THE MOVIE ABOUT THEM? WHYYYYYY?????
My blog is primarily Nancy Drew-related but I will never pass up the opportunity to reblog something about Titanic passengers, especially not ones as tragic as the Strauses.
More interesting facts about the couple:
Isidor Straus was the co-owner of Macy’s Department Store and from 1894-95 was a US Congressman
The Strauses were wealthy but very generous, giving away large amounts of money to charities and supporting education and civil service reform
Isidor once wrote Ida a letter telling her not to lose heart if he died before she did; I’d recreate more of it here but I don’t have my Titanic book with me. It was very heartwarming. One of his points of advice was not to give away all her fortune, but to make sure she took care of herself, which I think speaks volumes about the kind of person Ida Straus was
The couple were devoutly Jewish and were ostracized from the highest levels of American society due to anti-Semitism. (Again, I can’t remember the exact details since my book isn’t with me and I couldn’t find this online, but apparently Isidor wrote a letter to a prestigious school asking if his grandson could enroll, but was told they would not accept a pupil of “Semitic heritage.”) And according to Wikipedia, “Rabbis spoke to their congregations about her sacrifice; articles in Yiddish and German-language newspapers extolled her courage; a popular song featuring the story of Ida Straus, “The Titanic’s Disaster”, became popular among Jewish-Americans.”
The Strauses have been portrayed in all three big cinematic films about the Titanic (1953’s Titanic, A Night to Remember, and 1997’s Titanic.)
There are four memorials to the Strauses in their home of New York City: a plaque in Macy’s Department Store, a memorial in Straus Park, a public school named after the couple, and their gravestone in the Bronx (Isidor’s body was recovered; Ida’s was not).
Ida Straus was one of only four first-class women to die in the sinking.
At age 63, Ida was tied for the oldest female victim of the tragedy, with two other women (Marian Meanwell and Lena Rasmussen).
And here’s a picture of them:
reblogging again because of your awesomeness