As a Dad and lifelong comic book guy I can see parts of my personality in most characters. The character that most likely fits my personality now is The Hulk. As a dad the farther down the parenting road I go the more I realize that The Hulk is also a great encapsulation of all things Dad.
This realization came full circle when I saw The Avengers. That movie is a great combination of a quality story with enough fan boy references and action to make it enjoyable for anyone over 7. The movie was also the best vehicle yet for The Hulk and there was one scene that really stood out for me.
He’s always angry
Dr. Banner returns for the final battle in human form. As he’s approaching the invading aliens he’s asked by Captain America to get angry.
Dads are not angry all the time. My anger is always here but it’s graduated into several levels. These levels can be accessed at any moment, even skipping levels and going straight to rage at the drop of a hat.
If my son is doing something silly when I ask him not to it’s merely an annoyance. If he’s throwing something when I’ve asked him not to it’s a different level and if he’s about to walk into a parking lot that’s where the rage kicks in.
It’s not rage that’s directed at him, rather it’s my vocal intonation that snaps his attention and lets him know that I am not playing around.
He’s a Dad too
Skaar is Hulk’s son. He’s a teenage looking Hulk from another planet that is the result of Hulk’s trip to Sakaar. As with most teenagers, Skaar has issues with trust, in addition to behavioral problems. Thankfully we’ve got about 12 years before we experience the teenage years. By that time Teenage Mojo will be an entirely different beast, one with technology I can’t imagine.
He’s a loyal friend
Contrary to his loner personality the Hulk has friends. He hangs with The Avengers, but also with Rick Jones, Machine Man and other folks. No man is an island and dads too need friends or distractions to keep them level and aware of how great things really are.
He’s a man
The Hulk is not some misunderstood teenager or freaky space creature. Sure the Hulk may have outer space adventures, but at his core he’s just a man that had too many gamma rays.
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