Avengers and Beyond

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That’s my secret, Captain. I’m always angry.

Bruce Banner, The Avengers

I’ve seen a bit of meta from fans talking about how this was obviously set out to be one of those impact lines - the ones that are quoted, the ones that make the audience sit up in their seats or really start rooting for a character - but how in the Avengers this dialogue sounds kind of lame and doesn’t really make much sense if you think about it. And I believe that those people are misunderstanding the line. 

The Hulk is not, as many people seem to think, a physical manifestation of Bruce’s anger. Nor is the Hulk a mindless beast. He is the manifestation of all of Bruce Banner’s emotions, not just anger, and he is capable of thinking (that’s why he saves Tony, gets “revenge” on Thor, fights the bad guys rather than the good guys in the Battle of New York, etc). He is Bruce’s repressed emotions, the ones he can’t show. He’s not a green ball of rage living inside Bruce; he is Bruce. He’s a part of him. 

When Bruce Banner says, “I’m always angry”, it’s a very loaded statement. It’s only three words, but there are many layers to them. Don’t forget, he’s just spent the whole movie being asked what his “secret” is, by people who assume his secret to keeping the Hulk from emerging is remaining calm and not getting angry. This statement plays off that belief, and addresses it, but the statement in itself is telling the Avengers that his secret isn’t not being angry - as he says, he’s always angry. What he’s saying is that “his anger” (eg: the Hulk) is always there. That it’s not a matter of remaining calm, it’s a matter of keeping him at bay. He isn’t saying “I’m always angry”, he’s saying “I’m always the Hulk”. The Hulk is always inside of him, a part of him. 

(On a side note, the Hulk doesn’t come out when he’s angry in the Avengers. He doesn’t come out when he reacts aggressively to Natasha, and he doesn’t come out when they’re all arguing on the ship. He comes out when Bruce is in danger, and also when Bruce asks him to to fight the Chitauri. I think Natasha realises it because, when Bruce is transforming, she doesn’t just try to calm him down - she tries to reassure him, to make him feel safe. She realises that it’s not anger that was making the Hulk come out - it was danger. The Hulk’s primary function is to protect Bruce at all costs.)

And that is why I will not hear anyone insult the genius dialogue in the Avengers

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fuckyeahbehindthescenes:

During one lunch break during the shooting of Avengers, Tom Hiddleston stole Captain America’s Shield and Thor’s Hammer. He then texted this photo to Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans and claimed he wouldn’t give them back.
The Avengers (2012)

fuckyeahbehindthescenes:

During one lunch break during the shooting of Avengers, Tom Hiddleston stole Captain America’s Shield and Thor’s Hammer. He then texted this photo to Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans and claimed he wouldn’t give them back.

The Avengers (2012)