The recent teaser for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings indicates Emil Blonsky, a.k.a. the Abomination, will return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe before She-Hulk. It’s the first time he’s appeared since The Incredible Hulk in 2008. While Phase 4 was meant to begin much sooner, the worldwide pandemic forced Marvel Studios to postpone the majority of their next films. Despite the fact that Disney+ has been releasing one Marvel original TV series after another, Phase 4 on both fronts will not begin until Black Widow is released in July. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will follow Black Widow in cinemas a few months later.
Shang-Chi is finally entering the MCU as one of the next characters to represent the ever-expanding cinematic universe, with Simu Liu making his Marvel debut as the eponymous hero after years of anticipation. Despite the fact that the MCU has already experimented with themes such as the Ten Rings and the Mandarin, Shang-Chi and the Legends of the Ten Rings will depict them in a considerably more comic-accurate manner. Shang-cinematic Chi’s debut is shrouded in secrecy, as is the case with every Marvel Studios film. The film’s second trailer, on the other hand, showed an unexpected character, one from the Hulk franchise.
The New trailer focuses more on Shang-Chi and the world-building of the Legend of the Ten Rings, but Marvel fans will be surprised by a surprise atomic bomb in the closing scene. While Shang-Chi and Katy are watching an underground combat tournament, Abomination, a villain from The Incredible Hulk, appears as one of the main fighters in the stadium, battling a Master of the Mystic Arts–who looks to be none other than Doctor Strange’s right-hand man, Wong. Prior to the release of this second Shang-Chi teaser, it was unknown whether or not Abomination will appear in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
It wouldn’t be surprising if Abomination is played by a stunt actor in the film using motion capture. Following his shocking unveiling, the more pressing issue is why is Abomination in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and what part does he play in the larger story? It’s reasonable to assume that this is more of a cameo than anything else and that this is simply a sneak peek. Because Abomination hasn’t appeared in an MCU film since 2008’s The Incredible Hulk, it wouldn’t make sense for a Phase 4 film like Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings to include him prominently.