June 5, 2011 9 Comments
Having finally caught up with the Edward Norton version of The Incredible Hulk that I had DVR’ed 2/3rds of maybe six months ago, I have to say something on the plausibility of the “Hulk” transformation here. I find it implausible. There I said it.
I know what you’re thinking, you’re thinking “duh. A guy transforms into a giant green monster due to ‘gamma radiation’, and you call it implausible? It’s a comic book concept. Duh!” And, other things involving me being an idiot. But hold your horses. Can you answer me something:
Why/how do the guy’s teeth get bigger?
Maybe it’s because I grew up with the TV show (and not so much the comic book), but till these CGI movies I had really never thought of the Hulk as someone 2-3x the size of a normal human. I’d just thought of him as a guy the size of Lou Ferrigno. You know, a guy with big muscles. I’m not even sure whether Lou Ferrigno was any taller than Bill Bixby. And the notion of transforming, due to whatever ‘science mishap’, into a green-skinned guy with giant muscles, who can smash things, was always somehow tolerable to me, as these things go.
But the notion of transforming into a guy twenty feet tall, or however tall he’s supposed to be, with a head to proportionally match, does not. This brings me to my question. Far as I can tell from the video-game-quality CGI, the Hulk’s size is proprtionally bigger than Edward Norton/Eric Bana’s size in basically all respects. It’s not just that his muscles got bigger in the sense of having taken super-steroids or something. He gets way taller – sometimes, it seems, way way taller. Let’s say the factor is 2.3x. (Who the hell can say…one major annoyance of both movies is a seeming inability to keep the scale consistent.) This means that all his bones got longer: 2.3x longer femur, 2.3x longer tibia, etc.
His head, of course, must expand to match. If it didn’t, the CGI Hulk would look ridiculous, a giant body with a regular-sized head. But it doesn’t look like that. We can therefore assume that his head – skull, jawbone, the flesh around it – expands by roughly the same 2.3x factor.
Now look at any scene where his teeth are shown. The teeth appear to be the right size for his (suddenly way oversized) head. There’s only one thing this can mean:
As part of the Hulk transformation, all your teeth get bigger: they get longer and they get wider. Then when things die down, all the teeth shrink again.
Seriously? Why? Why would the teeth do that? And how?
This issue has survived the ‘reboot’ and bothered me through two movies now. Am I the only one? Surely I can’t be the only one.