I’ve watched enough action films to notice a pattern between male and female protagonists. While watching Iron Man 3, this moment really struck me because Tony just let his head rest on Pepper’s chest, and she places her hands on his head. Tony lets her, completely trusting. Your head is a very integral part of your body and so Tony is utterly surrendering himself to her.
I saw Man of Steel today, and right after Zod dies, Superman falls to his knees in the middle of the train station. Lois walks down to him and the exact same thing happens (I tried to find a photo but there isn’t much footage) Anyway, Clark leans his head on her chest/lower abdomen and Lois cradles his head with her hands.
I was thinking about how women comfort men differently to men comfort women - I’m almost certain that if it was reversed, the man would either get down on the same level as the female and wrap his arms around her on the ground, or pull her up and wrap his arms around her.
Women comfort men by cradling their heads.
Men comfort women by being physically present to them.