Hulk is like marmite (appreciation blog)

If there's one character that seems to split people on here its the old green monster. A bit like marmite, it seems you either love him or loathe him. Well I personally can't stand marmite, but I've always had a soft spot for Hulk. Here are some reasons why.

1) He appeals to the inner ferral beast in us. We all get angry and lose it from time to time and Hulk is the ultimate exploration of what a really angry power person could do.

2) The "greek tragedy" element of the earlier stories where Banner was wandering around trying to cope with being hulk whilst staying true to his love Betty. The TV series was really sad!

3) He's a straightforward character. No fancy powers, just brute strength and rage.

4) Because he gets stronger and stronger the angrier he gets he always has a chance against anyone.

5) He isn't afraid of anyone and will take on anyone and anything. Had a pop at Zeus even though he got a hiding for it and you know he'd have another pop if the chance presented itself.

6) He always provides some comic moments, i.e the funniest part of the Avengers film, in fact possibly the funniest part of any comic book movie yet, was his smack down of Loki. The whole cinema roared with laughter when I was there. That's never happened before in a DC or Marvel film!

7) Most blokes would secretly love to be the Hulk, the biggest set of biceps out there and a six pack to die for!

8) He appears in two of the most bombastic graphic novels I've ever read, Planet Hulk and WW Hulk.

9) He is faster and smarter in battle than people give him credit for. I loved the scene in the Ang Lee film where Hulk outran the helicopter gunships and it was Hulk who reacted quickest and caught Iron Man in the Avengers when he was falling to his doom!

10) There are plenty of superman rip offs now, but aside from Red Hulk, only one Hulk. He's kind of a one off.

On the downside, firstly, he appears a bit "mindless" and the old 70s comics got a bit wearing with the "Hulk will now smash", type limited dialogue. He's a bit one dimensional and its generally brawn rather than brain in his stories.

As I say, a lot of people can't stand Hulk, but I'm glad he's around and hope he will be for a while yet. So Hulk fans (or haters) what do you Love (or hate) about 'ol greenskin?

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Posted by Veshark

I always thought Hulk was more like salad dressing. Kinda meh by himself, but more enjoyable with a team (or sandwich, to resume the metaphor).

Posted by i_like_swords

@veshark said:

I always thought Hulk was more like salad dressing. Kinda meh by himself, but more enjoyable with a team (or sandwich, to resume the metaphor).

More accurate for me.

I'm indifferent towards the big angry cabbage.

Edited by XImpossibruX
@veshark said:

I always thought Hulk was more like salad dressing. Kinda meh by himself, but more enjoyable with a team (or sandwich, to resume the metaphor).

Wow, that's a pretty damn good metaphor to describe him. And it's true.

However I do find Hulk more then meh, not Batman or X-Men interesting, but above average.

Edited by GodTriggerHulk

@veshark: Few characters work well by themselves, they need a supporting cast to talk to and share their feelings with. That being said for most characters and especially Hulk, it needs to be a cast that allows the main character to interact in a meaningful way. That's why I'm indifferent towards The Hulk on The Avengers, he goes from being this interesting childlike innocent caught in an all to often cruel world, to a walking punch line. That's why I liked Pak's run, he let the Hulk interact with supporting characters like; Ross, Skaar and Betty.

Edited by Veshark

@veshark: Few characters work well by themselves, they need a supporting cast to talk to and share their feelings with. That being said for most characters and especially Hulk, it needs to be a cast that allows the main character to interact in a meaningful way. That's why I'm indifferent towards The Hulk on The Avengers, he goes from being this interesting childlike innocent caught in an all to often cruel world, to a walking punch line. That's why I liked Pak's run, he let the Hulk interact with supporting characters like; Ross, Skaar and Betty.

I didn't mean Hulk and a supporting cast so much as Hulk in the Avengers. It's more of a personal thing, I don't really care for the character in his solo title, I prefer him in the context of the team.