Film Crit Hulk on the New Yorker? Dumbest Thing of the Week…


(Originally on Google+; cross-posting to amuse myself.)

Excuse me while I call this the dumbest thing to hit Geek culture all year that happens to not be some racist or sexist rant of doom. Seriously? Your idea of how the Hulk would speak is to give him remarkably sophisticated diction…but in ALL CAPS? Because ALL CAPS = The Hulk, right? Because The Hulk is a privileged white male teenager having a temper tantrum, but who is remarkably aware of himself as a literary cliche?

Here’s how the Hulk would assess Mark Ruffalo’s performance in truth: Funny jokes. Smash good.

That’s about it. He’s a man/creature of few words for a reason. That’s why he says all but one (maybe more if you count grunts and roars as words) line in the entire Avengers movie.


This is why Film Crit Hulk works on Twitter, but not on a blog. On Twitter, he seems like he’s actually in Hulk character (or she, if the person behind the persona happens to be a woman). On the blog? Not so much. He’s using “Hulk” as a justification for putting things in all caps (i.e., to be annoying as hell).


About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric and Writing at Bemidji State University. He received his PhD in English from the University of Florida and studies science fiction, postcolonialism, digital fan cultures, and digital rhetoric.

5 thoughts on “Film Crit Hulk on the New Yorker? Dumbest Thing of the Week…

  1. Although, to be completely fair: I'm probably just being a grump. I'd probably do something just like this…

    Oh wait, I am. Captain America…Gah.


  2. Agree that talking in all caps in very annoying and Hulk doesn’t always yell. Only when he’s angry. Also, why the continual hiding of the real person behind this character persona?

  3. The talking in all caps is just a gimmick. Beneath the gimmick he has great things to say. The internet is full of character personas. Hulk wants to stay anonymous for personal reasons he has explained. The affectation of his speak shouldn’t be the basis of us dismissing him. It should be based on whether or not he has something interesting to say.

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