Timely repost of this popular post

Masculinity U

Guest post by Joseph Voltz.

We’ll continue our look at masculinity in the modern superhero by taking on the unstoppable force himself, Marvel’s Incredible Hulk. There have been several different interpretations, origins, and incarnations of the Hulk, depending on the writer’s vision. I will be speaking in general terms that reflect across most notions of the Hulk.

The Hulk, of “HULK SMASH!” fame, draws most of its narrative premise from Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale “Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde” and applies a modern dose of superhuman origin story. Bruce Banner, fictional genius, creates a gamma bomb with his considerable talents. Through an ironic twist, he winds up exposed to the gamma radiation. Though Banner does not die, he finds that moments of extreme stress and anger cause him to undergo a physical (and mental) metamorphosis until he is completely transformed into the Incredible Hulk, a green rage-driven engine of…

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