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10 May 2012 @ 09:28 pm
Fanmix [Avengers]: I'm Exposed, Like a Nerve (Bruce Banner/Hulk)  
The second mix in the Avengers series I've been working on.

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I'm Exposed, Like a Nerve; a Bruce Banner/Hulk fanmix
Mild spoilers for the movie ahead. Proceed at your own discretion.

Bruce Banner is by far the character I least expected to like in Avengers. The other Hulk movies left me kind of :|, so naturally his character fell behind the likes of Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, and even Black Widow and Hawkeye, in terms of how much I was looking forward to seeing him. As far as I was concerned, even if he wasn't in the movie, I wouldn't have minded.
But boy, was I wrong. Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner freakin' MADE this movie. There are nuances of strength and turmoil in his behaviour that ever so subtly hint at his big secret, and his scenes - whether he's bonding with Stark in what can only be described as the best superhero bromance of all time, or recounting how he tried to kill himself and failed - just leave me slack-jawed and full of emotion every time I see the film (the count's on 3 right now xD). Not only is the character incredibly well-written (mad props, Joss Whedon), but it is Mark Ruffalo's performance that just nails down all the vulnerability, angst, and anger that ultimately make Hulk the strongest and gentlest of them all.

The title comes from a line Bruce says to Tony Stark while they're bro-ing it up in the lab; Tony says that Bruce should suit up and join them in battle instead of reading all about it in the papers the day after, and Bruce replies "you see, that's just it... I don't get a suit of armour. I'm exposed... like a nerve." That just rang so true for Bruce's character, and it's the perfect simile to describe the extremely vulnerable state Banner finds himself in when he's the Hulk, even though he's virtually indestructible.

I could go on and on, my feelings are SO HUGE. Hulklike, even... But I will let the music do my talking.

Tracklist & Lyrics

Akeboshi - Wind
Take your time baby
Your blood needs slowin' down
Breach your soul to reach yourself before you gloom
Reflection of fear makes shadow of nothing

Linkin Park - Bleed It Out
Can't contain him he knows he works
Fuck this hurts, I won't lie
Doesn't matter how hard I try
So why try ignoring him

Three Days Grace - Animal I Have Become
I can't escape this hell
So many times I've tried
But I'm still caged inside
Somebody get me through this nightmare
I can't control myself
So what if you can see the darkest side of me?
No one will ever change this animal I have become
Help me believe it's not the real me
Somebody help me tame this animal

Pearl Jam - Green Disease
There's a stowaway in my throat
It's deceiving
I don't believe him
We can scream out our doors
Behind the wall a fat man snores
In his dreams he's choking on leaves

The Academy Is... - We've Got a Big Mess on our Hands
Somebody get my phone
So I can throw it in a public pool and watch it float
And as it's slowly sinking down become a social ghost
Inside a box cut at the top to let some light shine in
To remind me what I’ve done and where I’ve been

Paramore - Monster
I’m only human, I’ve got a skeleton in me
But I’m not the villain, despite what you’re always preaching
Call me a traitor, I’m just collecting your victims
And they’re getting stronger

Radiohead - Where I End And You Begin
The sky turns green
Where I end and you begin
I am up in the clouds
And I can't and I can't come down
I can watch and can't take part
Where I end and where you start

Glass Pear - Where Is My Home?
But where do I belong?
Somewhere in your heart
Am I flesh or am I soul?
Am I spirit or am I bone?
Am I far or am I close?
Where is my home?

Full ZIP + Covers → here

The mix can also be found as a playlist on Spotify (sadly minus the 1st song, since it's a Japanese artist), here.
Covers made on Adobe Photoshop CS5. Images found via Google, textures by trex-tures (now offline). Fonts: (((O)))Basic, Ams Trame.
Part of the Avengers mix series:
Black Widow/Hawkeye - Thor & Loki - Captain America - Iron Man - Bruce Banner/Hulk
Current Music: Glass Pear - Where Is My Home? | Powered by Last.fm
aliveeeeeeeealiveeeeeeee on May 13th, 2012 07:58 am (UTC)
I competely agree with you about unexpectantly loving Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner. This fanmix sonds very cool. You have chosen the tracks so well. Downloading. Thank you!

Edited at 2012-05-13 08:00 am (UTC)
Kat: avengers ☆ bannerhulksleepingwgods on May 18th, 2012 01:56 am (UTC)
Thank you and glad you like it! It's awesome when an actor or a character surprises you so positively... I'm totally a Banner fan now xD
albion's murderous dumplinginterstellar on May 18th, 2012 03:54 am (UTC)
I was exactly the same with Hulk. ALL THE FEELINGS. Mix looks great!
Kat: avengers ☆ steve :<sleepingwgods on May 19th, 2012 01:05 pm (UTC)
SO MANY FEELINGS ;___; thanks for downloading and enjoy :D
bee: avengers } natashabarbarianwinter on May 18th, 2012 01:02 pm (UTC)
Snagging, thanks!
Katsleepingwgods on May 20th, 2012 04:32 pm (UTC)
Enjoy! :D
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Kat: thor ☆ what more than thatsleepingwgods on May 20th, 2012 04:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
Lauragreenteaduck on May 18th, 2012 05:38 pm (UTC)
Ooo awesome!! Downloading!
Kat: ben barnes ☆ voldemort you tart!sleepingwgods on May 20th, 2012 04:33 pm (UTC)
:D Glad you like! Enjoy!
april: glee ♪ blaine | when i think about youpagesinked on May 19th, 2012 06:38 am (UTC)
This is great! :D

I love that you included The Academy Is. I miss them so much. :[
Kat: bones ☆ brennan sad!facesleepingwgods on May 20th, 2012 04:34 pm (UTC)
Glad you like it! :D

Maaan, me too. :'( They're my favourite of all time. I don't think I've accepted the end just yet /denial
magical_sid: Maggiemagical_sid on May 22nd, 2012 09:02 pm (UTC)
that looks awesome ♥
And you're so right the Hulk was one of the best things in the Avengers. Never thought that Mark Ruffalo would be so damn good. I was totally impressed.
Kat: avengers ☆ bannerhulksleepingwgods on June 5th, 2012 03:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you :)
I'm so glad he won me over. I heard he signed on for multiple movies so I really look forward to seeing him as Bruce again.
penoftruthinesspenoftruthiness on May 22nd, 2012 09:14 pm (UTC)
We have the exact same feelings re: Hulk and Mark Ruffalo in this movie. Also, I'm on count #3 of seeing it, too, and will probably see it at least one more time.

Also I LOVE the nerve simile, because of the unprotectedness of the state, and also because if a nerve is stimulated enough an action potential (and therefore a reaction) will be created. The reaction is not greater or lesser based on how strong the stimulus is, once it passes a threshold, the action potential is unleashed and can't be stopped.

/Bio nerding. Apologies. Anyway, I'm snagging, thanks!
Kat: bones ☆ brennan :Osleepingwgods on June 5th, 2012 03:28 pm (UTC)
\o/ This movie gets better with each viewing, I swear. I'm up to #6 but idk if I'll be seeing it any more any time soon xD

:O This makes it all the more poignant! It's exactly what the Hulk is. Don't apologise, I love learning new things. Thanks for commenting and enjoy :)
Jules: [celebs] Ewan Nerd alarthaltlos on June 4th, 2012 12:46 pm (UTC)
With the note in the beginning you read my mind completely. I wasn't particulary excited about Hulk before the movie but yet choosing Mark Ruffalo promised to be interesting (either very bad or very good - it turned out to be very awesome :D) because Ruffalo really pulled it off. The nerdy scientist turned into the Hulk + epic bromance with the other science nerd. hahaha

Thanks for sharing this great mix!
Kat: avengers ☆ starksleepingwgods on June 5th, 2012 03:32 pm (UTC)
SCIENCE BROS :'D One of my favourite parts of the movie, ngl.
I just love how well he showed all of Banner's suffering and anger without resorting to that anguished face Norton pulled for most of the second Hulk movie. Ruffalo > every other Bruce Banner ever *___*

Thanks for commenting, enjoy!! :D
Aisys ★lost__emotions on June 12th, 2012 12:30 am (UTC)
Totally fell in love with Mark Ruffalo's portrayal of the Hulk! Thank you for this :)
Kat: avengers ☆ bannerhulksleepingwgods on June 26th, 2012 05:07 pm (UTC)
Me too, he was such a sweetheart, blew me away. Hope you enjoyed the mix! :)
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Kat: avengers ☆ kaboomsleepingwgods on June 26th, 2012 05:09 pm (UTC)
:D omg this is literally the best comment I've received all week ♥ so glad I could add to the experience of the song for you! thanks for this comment and hope you liked the rest of the mix :')
Katie: Suits - The Sun is Upcellshader on July 14th, 2012 07:17 am (UTC)
Hooray for a Hulk mix. Thank you!
Kat: teen wolf ☆ stilinskisleepingwgods on July 20th, 2012 10:29 pm (UTC)
Enjoy it!! :D (also yay Suits! xD)
Katie: Xmen - Only You See My Teeth This Whitecellshader on July 26th, 2012 12:56 am (UTC)
(And yay Teen Wolf!)
Kat: thor ☆ omnomnomsleepingwgods on July 26th, 2012 01:41 am (UTC)