“…this big, green rage-monster.”
Fast forward to today, and we have the Hulk and Dr. Banner as the same person, at the same time, and I cannot handle it. I want the Hulk to be this big, green rage-monster. He needs to be this big, green rage-monster! For the story, there is not much character development as a big monster, but it does make for some exciting action. But if that is all we are getting from the character – action – then what are we missing? According to the monomyth, The Hero’s Journey, the character needs to go through some form of transformation – a death and rebirth experience – and be better for it. In the Hulk series, we know that the gamma rays should have killed him. In a sense, they did. Dr. Banner is no longer just a weak, timid, scientist. He is transformed. He dies, and is reborn into the big, green rage-monster! Although this is – in fact – the character’s death and rebirth experience, there is no further growth for the character. Or is there?
The (movie) evidence suggests that the Hulk continues to transform and grow.