After our definition of a super hero class, I started rethinking about comic book heroes, and which of them actually qualify as super heroes. One beloved character stood out in my mind the most, the infamous green giant himself, Dr. Bruce Banner. I use the name Bruce Banner instead of his alter ego the Hulk, because I believe Dr. Bruce is much more of a super hero than the green guy he turns into every time he gets angry. The modern definition of a super hero states that in order to qualify for super hero status, you must be a heroic character with a selfless pro social mission. Personally, I don’t believe HULK SMASH qualifies as a pro social mission, but that’s just me. I also don’t consider the Hulk to be selfless either. True, he does fight with the Avengers, whose mission is to protect Earth from all evil, but at the same time I see the Hulk as the team member who just gets attacked a lot, then gets angry and wreaks havoc on the bad guys. I don’t believe he has the self-control in order to justify his fighting for the benefit of society.
Bruce Banner on the other hand is much more of a super hero than Hulk ever could be. True he does not have the super strength the Hulk possesses, but what he lacks in brawn, he makes up for with brains. Dr. Banner is one of the smartest scientists in comic book history, and he understands the anger and destruction the Hulk is capable of. Because of this, he has made it his mission to find a cure for his “disease” and protect the world from himself. This is completely selfless, and the definition of a pro-social mission, making him much more of a super hero than the Hulk.
Joss Whedon, director of the Avengers was quoted saying“Hulk is a tricky son of a bitch. He’s the Claudio of superheroes. Because the problem is it’s a very popular character, but it’s not a superhero. Half of it’s a superhero, half of it’s a werewolf.”
This looks like more werewolf than super hero to me.