hey big guy, sun’s getting real low
ok so obviously i love thor ragnarok, but i think the best thing it did for me was have thor say this to the hulk. because that implies this was not specific to natasha, that she was not the only one that could calm down the hulk, beauty and the beast, yadda yadda, i hate that.
for me, at least, that moment made it seem like a team-wide thing. all of the avengers knew that that was what calmed down the hulk, to a degree. they probably all did it all the time.
but? no way were they all the same amount of successful. literally never.
of course it worked best when natasha did it. she knows how to handle trauma, anxiety, ptsd, she is fantastic at dealing with people in pain, that was her whole life in one way or another. her people skills are off the charts. it worked almost every time.
steve? great with people. cap couldn’t not make an emotional connection if he tried. worked almost every time, but he was usually in the middle of a fight that he probably didn’t have to get into and was busy.
tony and bruce were best bros but tony isn’t good with broken people or really any people, but sometimes he could still get through to bruce. he would never admit it was because of an actual emotional connection though. it was because of science. somehow.
clint kinda just doesn’t want to get that close to the hulk. like, he’ll do it. but at the same time, that’s a big scary roided out green dude and i am a below average height acrobat with a bow? no thank you? also it rarely ever worked when he tried anyway so what is the point nat i don’t have to do this
thor never succeeded. sometimes he just forgot the words, or got impatient and gave up. thor is not a therapist and he cannot just take the hulk out for drinks and weight lifting until he calms down, and also the hulk hates him sooooo
nat usually just does it and lets them all think it was their idea