Anonymous asked: Okay, after the Fox News incident, I have to ask, how do the Avengers do on press interviews?
The Avengers are made up of a sharp-tongued billionaire with a short fuse, an easily insulted God, a traumatized scientist with BREATHTAKING anger management issues, a sullen and smart mouthed sniper, a spy with a cloaked past and the ability to kill with a look and Steve Rogers.
How the hell do you think interviews go?
This is perfection:
So when the host asked Natasha, on live television, “So what do you wear under that catsuit?” everyone stopped breathing.
Tony’s jaw went tight, and Clint’s right hand jerked against his thigh. Bruce ducked his head fast, but not fast enough to hide his scowl and there was a faint, rumbling growl from Thor. But they all held it together as Natasha smiled a sweet, perfect smile that didn’t reach her eyes. Her shoulders straight and her head up, the picture of dignity and self-control, she opened her mouth to answer.
“I don’t wear anything,” Steve said, and everyone froze.
You’re a spy, not a soldier.
HEY GUYS REMEMBER THAT TIME NATASHA HIJACKED AN ALIEN FLYING JETSKI
AND FIGURED OUT HOW TO CLOSE THE PORTAL
AND SAVED THE WORLD?
Reblogged for the tag above. OH MY GOD.
AND AS SUCH, WE LEARN THAT BANNER CAN CALL OUT HIS HULK AT A MOMENT’S NOTICE. WHICH, IN THIS HULK’S OPINION, IS A WONDERFUL EVOLUTION OF THE CHARACTER. IT SPEAKS TO THE IDEA THAT OUR EMOTIONS ARE SOMETHING THAT ALWAYS PRESENT. ANGER CAN’T BE ABSTAINED FROM. IT CANNOT BE FEARED. ANGER IS SIMPLY AN EVER-PRESENT PART OF US, JUST AS MUCH AS JOY, SADNESS, OR EVEN SOMETHING INSTINCTUAL LIKE HUNGER. IT IS SOMETHING THAT IS JUST FELT. AND HULK BELIEVES THIS IS PRECISELY WHERE “THE CRUEL JOKE” COMES INTO PLAY. FOR YEARS, BANNER BATTLED HIS OWN MIND AND MERELY TURNED OUT THAT FEAR OF HIS OWN ANGER WAS A TRAP. REALLY, HE HAD TO UNDERSTAND IT. TO RECOGNIZE IT AND ACCEPT IT. AND THAT’S PRECISELY WHAT BROUGHT GENUINE CONTROL. THE WHOLE THING SEEMS LIKE A CONTRADICTION, BUT NO MORE A CONTRADICTION THAN THE IDEA THAT UNLEASHING “THE OTHER GUY” CAN BE THE VERY THING THAT MAKES HIS HULK HEROIC.
IT IS THIS EVER-COILING DUALITY OF THE HULK THAT IS PARAMOUNT TO OUR FINDING THE CHARACTER COMPELLING. THINK ABOUT IT. ONE-NOTE EMOTION AND BEHAVIOR IS THE DEATH OF ANY CHARACTER, SO WHY SHOULD THE INCREDIBLE HULK BE ANY DIFFERENT? NOTE THE WAY THE FILM CHANGES WHEN IT ENTERS ITS GLORIOUS LAST BATTLE AND IT TURNS OUT THIS VERSION OF THE HULK IS A LOT OF FUN. HECK, RUFFALO’S HULK IS EVEN RESPONSIBLE SOME OF THE MOST JOYOUS AND COMEDIC MOMENTS THE FILM HAS TO OFFER (AND SHOULD BE NOTED, THIS HULK IS ACTUALLY A MO-CAPPED VERSION OF RUFFALO HIMSELF SO IT WONDERFULLY CAN GO BACK TO BEING PART OF HIS PERFORMANCE). CONTEXT IS EVERYTHING, AND RUFFALO’S HULK JUMPS AROUND WITH THE LIKES OF A SUPER SOLDIER, A SUPER-WEAPON, AND A DEMI-GOD AND LIKE BEHAVES LIKE A JUVENILE, BULLYING OLDER BROTHER.
okay now we’re getting a crash course in why tony and bruce’s first meeting is the greatest fucking thing
because think about how everyone else greets him with this obnoxious feigned ignorance of the hulk’s existence
like, natasha has an entire squadron outside at the ready but feels the need to pretend they’re just having a friendly chat, and fury does not say a word about loki’s prison being intended for the hulk but it’s so obvious banner’s mere presence there is conditional and with EVERYONE AT THE READY TO RESTRAIN HIM IF NECESSARY BUT THEY’RE WILLFULLY PRETENDING THIS ISN’T THE CASE
no buddy you’re just like the rest of us
and steve pulls that “see the person, not the disability” bullshit on him when banner directly questions him about the hulk: “is that the only reputation I have?” — “only one I care about.”
hint: if you really didn’t care about it, you’d be comfortable talking about it.
banner, for his part, keeps trying to provoke them into some kind of honest response! he deliberately shocks natasha because he can’t stand the “just you and me”, and her fear is the most acknowledgment he gets of the hulk until he meets tony. otherwise it’s this horrible elephant in the room. he tries to crack away at their resolute denial — “they want to put me in a pressurized metal container?” and no response — but gets nowhere. it’s no wonder the man is always angry.
then then then tony waltzes in and shakes his hand looks right at him and “I’m a huge fan of the way you lose control and turn into an enormous green rage monster” WITHOUT EVEN BEING PROMPTED BY THIS POINT BANNER HAS GIVEN UP ON ANYTHING BUT SANITIZED POLITENESS
tony is the kid who points on the street and says “hey, what’s wrong with that man?” it’s a shame, how people grow out of this. tony says hello not just to banner, but to hulk, because they’re inseparable. tony is the first person who fails to encourage bruce’s self-compartmentalization, who rejects the ‘person with unfortunate hulk problem’ construction. you’re tiptoeing, big guy; you need to strut.
Once upon a time, there came a day, a day unlike any other… when Earth’s mightiest heroes found themselves united against a common threat… to fight the foes no single superhero could withstand… on that day, The Avengers were born.
The Avengers storyboards by Jane Wu.
I have no regrets making this