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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
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?
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