I’m seriously really bad at that stuff! As soon as their is just a little conflict, I just. - Everyone thinks it’s uncomfortable with conflicts! But that doesn’t mean you should avoid them! Do you know what, Christina Berg? I think you should be very careful with these “truths” you tell to yourself about yourself. I don’t see what you’re describing right now.
Dr Skrulle to Chris: I think you should be very careful with these truths you tell to yourself about yourself. I don’t see what you’re describing right now. Do you know what I see? I see a girl who’s more than enough of a good friend.
does anyone think a lot about teddy's self identity because i do
i refuse to believe his mother pretended not to know about/ignored/repressed teddys abilities that he surely expressed from a young age (she just didn’t know he was heroing with them)
i like to think that she presented the idea to teddy that he was a mutant because she didn’t want to tell him the truth that he was actually a space prince who was sent for execution by his own grandfather and that she wasnt actually his genetic mother
but this means that teddy was probably open with his shifting at home and she probably helped him figure out how to stay in human-passing form for long enough to save him from the discrimination mutants face
but then think about teddy becoming more aware of what his power truly means, and becoming more confused because he doesn’t know who he actually is
when he realises he likes boys, he wonders for a while if maybe hes actually a girl who had always shifted into a boy body- but how could he not have known that? his internal struggle lasts for weeks until his mum sees his look lingering on another boy on one of their rare outings, and she tells him that his attraction is okay whether he wants to be a boy or a girl
he thinks he feels most himself as human boy teddy, but then looking back at baby photos he seemingly changed his eye colour every day and hes so aware of how he will add a piercing, add muscle, change his hairstyle, whatever necessary to fit in
and suddenly he doesn’t know who he really is? what is his true form? his green self- the form his mother affectionately nicknamed ‘hulkling’- feels as true as his human self, and he thinks about hank mccoy of the xmen and how he is more the beast than he is the man and teddy maybe thinks he could deal with that if he were at xaviers but instead he is here, in a new york high school, and he knows he’s just trapped in this culture of peer pressure and he feels so out of his own skin half the time-
then he joins the young avengers and has a reason to stay in hulkling form for extended periods of time and it feels right, and he gets with billy and he starts to stay as hulkling even when it’s not necessary because he never knows how to be around billy, how billy wants him to be
until billy one night poses the question on him out of the blue. what do you look like, really? hes noticed teddy will sometimes be more bulky when he’s tense or shorter when he’s embarrased or will have more earrings when hes dressed up nice for a date. teddy stutters and then mumbles quietly, i don’t know. they have a long deep talk that continues on the phone after teddy has to go home, and ends with teddy having wet eyes, and he cant quite say why, but he feels grateful-
and its like billy has broken the spell on teddy (ironically). being free of greg too really puts things into perspective for him- he doesn’t have to be what other people want him to be, just himself, and billy reminds himself of that regularly after that night. he lets go of his frustration of not knowing his ‘true’ form- hes a shapeshifter, and in true optimistic teddy fashion, figures he should count his blessings and just be whatever the hell he wants. he experiments with hairstyles and piercings and bulk and billy compliments him on it all, and eventually he settles on a him that he likes, and he’s happy.
and then the whole family reunion, kree-skrull jamboree revolation happens, and teddys mum is dead, and teddy no longer has the identity mutant, or even human, and the confusion is back. hes an alien, and a royal, exiled alien at that, and his green form feels both more real and more odd than ever, and his human form isn’t even human it’s kree- he doesnt know what to think.
so he goes back to being hulking more than ever, but this time it’s not a shield, it’s teddy reshaping his own identity as the half skrull, half kree prince of space that he slowly comes to accept, culminating in his eventual acceptance of his spacely duties in new avengers
this is solidified when teddy carries their child and she comes out like them both- a little magic and a lot green, and he proudly wears his green skin outside with his daughter, and he finally feels a connection to his true self- teddy altman, husband to billy kaplan and father to a beautiful daughter, and really, loved for who and what he is.
so when his daughter asks why she has two fathers and no mother like all the other kids, he tells her, the same reason that our skin is green, darling, we’re not like other people, but like ourselves, and that’s exactly what we ought to be.
NOORA: Like, giving her a card.. I don’t know, can’t we perform something? Make a..
EVA: Yes! Something like..
NOORA: Something Moroccan.
EVA: Something you’ll remember very well.
NOORA: Yes! But..
[VILDE: Hi Chris, do you have some money I can borrow? Like 1000 kr*? It’s okay with less too, I promise you’ll get it back on the 1st of July, plus the 750* I owe you from beforehand. There’s just this top on sale right now that I’ve wanted for a really long time. And I don’t want to ask mom because I’ve borrowed a lot from her lately.]
EVA: I don’t want to perform, but..
NOORA: It would be fun!
EVA: Nooo.. We can hold a speech!
EVA: You can write it, right?
EVA: And then we can..
EMMA: Are you going to that Eid party at Sana’s?
EVA: Yes, are you going too?
EMMA: Yes! Or, uhm, Jonas asked if I wanted to come and I was a little stressed because I don’t really know anyone else who’s going, but then I thought about Kosegruppa.. Yay! And then i thought that maybe you’re going.
EVA: Yeah, we’re going. We’ll take care of you.
EMMA: Yeah, good!
EVA: Yeah, we have to take care of each other.
EMMA: See you later.
EVA: Good bye!
EVA: But okay, speech.
EVA: What are we going to write?
DR. SKRULLE: Come in.
DR SKRULLE: Hi.
CHRIS: Do you have a few minutes?
DR SKRULLE: I have two hours, seventeen minutes and fourteen seconds until I’m going on summer vacation. Welcome, Christina Berg! Sit down.
CHRIS: How do you know my name?
DR SKRULLE: I know the name of every student in this school. What can I help you with?
CHRIS: Uhmm.. I just have this friend who..
DR SKRULLE: It’s not just that. There are lots of people who don’t have friends. Lots of people who are lonely. Take the retirement homes in Oslo, for example. They’re overflowing with old people and think about that.. All of their friends are dead. No one comes to visit and they’re all by themselves. All those people have, are the memories from a lost time.
CHRIS: That’s fucking true! But like.. I haven’t thought about that before, but if you get really, really old and all your friend just.. die, then it’s not awesome to live at all.
DR SKRULLE: Not at all. Tell me about your friend.
CHRIS: Yeah.. I have a friend who I’m pretty worried about. I don’t think she has a good home life and I think her mom is pretty depressed, so I feel like I should be a better friend, but I’m not any good at that stuff and I can’t.. I can’t talk to her about it, so I was wondering if maybe you could talk to her about it.
DR SKRULLE: Hmm.. You know what I think this sounds like, Christina? I think it sounds like you’re lying. Are you?
DR SKRULLE: Because what it sounds like is “I’m not good at that stuff”, but I think you are.
CHRIS: I’m not! I’m seriously really bad at that stuff! As soon as their is just a little conflict, I just..
DR SKRULLE: Everyone thinks it’s uncomfortable with conflicts! But that doesn’t mean you should avoid them! Do you know what, Christina Berg? I think you should be very careful with these “truths” you tell to yourself about yourself. I don’t see what you’re describing right now. Do you know what I see? I see a girl who’s more than enough of a good friend. I see a girl who talks to her friend and I see a girl who LOVES conflict! A bit over the top at the end, but you know what I mean. You know what I want?