Mostly rambling about Robins and Ex-Robins and my joys and frustrations with the Dune universe and my life, practically guaranteed to be unsafe for work and stuffed full of slash imagery and discussion and so on, possibly with some violent tones mixed in, and reblogging people who can draw much better than me.
FLAMES! ON THE SIDE OF MY FACE!
We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to bring you David Goyer making the list of People Who Are Dead To Me.
Like I need another reason not to see your shitty Superman movie.
Davic Goyer, demonstrating why he should not be allowed to represent superheroes in any way.
Hulk and the wider Hulk mythos have never been about generic male power fantasies; they’re about inhibition and finding strength in the secrets sides of ourselves that we hide. Bruce Banner is the anger that weak, nerdy kids have t choke down because if they ever express it they’ll get the crap beaten out of them. Bruce Banner unleashes that repressed side and it makes him powerful, but it also has severe consequences.
She-Hulk is the same concept, except She-Hulk is about what nerdy women repress: Our confidence, our feelings of attractiveness, our human. Jennifer Walters goes from a retiring, academic young woman with a need to please everyone to a enormous, sexy, funny green amazon who revels in physical delights. Jenn Walters is all about her job, and worrying about others; She-Hulk watches out for herself. Jenn restrains her emotions out of respect for others; She-Hulk wears her heart on her sleeve.
She-Hulk is NOT about porn, or being the Hulk’s goddamned girlfriend. She’s about revealing what women hide, and being stronger for it even if the wider world hates it.
SHE’S HIS COUSIN. I mean, it’s a disgusting thing to say but it’s also essentially inaccurate, because if you’re going to give Hulk a girlfriend he won’t break, you don’t make it HIS COUSIN.
In actuality, the reason She-Hulk was created was that the Hulk television show was taking off in a huge way, and Marvel wanted to ensure that they owned the rights to a female Hulk should one be written into the show, because a similar issue had previously arisen with the Bionic Man and the Bionic Woman. Stan Lee personally created her as a legal move.
Which is not perhaps the most glamorous or feminist of reasons for her to exist, but for Christ’s sake, it’s not so Hulk has someone to fuck. BECAUSE SHE’S HIS COUSIN.
Show of hands who’s shocked this guy is working for DC.
That’s what I thought.
I’ve been reading through the original Savage She-Hulk comics, and while all the above is true, I feel the need to point out that she never comes off as a sex object. Not once. She-Hulk is Jen’s one outlet for all the bottled-up anger she has at being treated like a silly little woman, despite having a law degree and consistently holding her own in court—by the ADA, by her clients, even by her own father. Jen Walters is constantly underestimated and belittled and undermined. And she fights back, in her own ways, even though they don’t involve smashing things. Even She-Hulk herself gets shit-talked by the male characters; she’s considered dangerous, with a heaping dollop of the implication that she’s promiscuous (because obviously that’s the worst thing a woman can ever be).
And although there are many problems with that initial run (Marvel’s understanding of race relations, even in 1980, was, uh, not good, shall we say), I love it because not only do we see She-Hulk responding to sexist bullshit in a way that makes us root for her, we’re meant to. Whatever her origins, that comic makes it clear as day that the way Jennifer Walters is treated, and the way She-Hulk is perceived, is not okay, and that being strong doesn’t mean the same thing for every person.
Anyway, I hope David Goyer gets bitten to death by a million vampire fleas. What a fucking tool.
And let us not forget that for years, Jennifer was the one who retained her intelligence when Hulked out while Bruce remained dominated by his atavism until the writers got bored with just smashing things. Sadly however, slutshaming Jennifer for and defining her by her sexuality seems par for the course in a certain segment of the community.
Even with the Rulks, the fundamental difference remains: being a Hulk is about having the freedom to express your might, being a She-Hulk is about having the might to express your freedom.
Chris Hewitt: Another core relationship in the film is Captain America and the Falcon.
Helen O'Hara: Do you know what, I may have said this in the main podcast but honestly every beat of their relationship is exactly like a romance. Seriously. They got to ‘meet cute’ running along, then they bond over some spurious shared history, and then it’s all like ‘Oh I’m in real trouble & I just turned up at your door because you’re the one person I could think to go to for help”. And he’s all like “Sure use my shower.” I mean, come on people! And I think it works well using that kind of shorthand to create a kind of a friendship quite quickly. But honestly they are the ‘couple’ in the film.
Chris: It’s interesting though, he spends the entire movie turning down exhortations from Natasha to ask women out, the ENTIRE movie.
Helen: Hey it would be a great political statement if Captain America’s gay.
Chris: “What about such-and-such from statistics?” “No, I’m not interested.” “What about such-and-such? What about your next door neighbour who’s really really hot?”
Ali Plumb: “What about this one-armed cyborg man who you have history with..?”
Chris: “…with the dreamy eyes and long hair.”
Helen: He was looking dreamy it has to be said.
"um starfire’s powers are fueled by the sun that’s why she has to wear skimpy clothes" hey u know who else’s powers are fueled by the sun? superman. come on clark time for that toothfloss speedo chop chop
his nipples are covered by tiny capes
truth, justice, and the american way
oh look at this hot new video game starring a white, brunette, middle aged guy with a little bit of stubble. who also happens to be the chosen one and is on some impossible quest to save the world and before the final mission he gets laid. how original