Marvel just released the latest trailer for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which gave us our best look yet at Tony Leung’s Mandarin. By finally introducing the supervillain, the Simu Liu movie clears up a plot hole that’s been dangling since 2013’s Iron Man 3. But the final scene of the trailer dives even further into the MCU’s past to bring back a character who hasn’t appeared in the franchise since 2008 – Abomination, last seen in The Incredible Hulk.
It’s true. The trailer’s stinger teases a tournament between a range of competitors, including a familiar Master of the Mystic Arts (more on him in a moment) and a giant green monster that fans immediately recognized. Though it doesn’t resemble the design of Abomination from Incredible Hulk, the creature is a clear match for his classic look in the comics. Check out those gills. That’s our Emil Blonsky.
The excitement around this forgotten villain’s return caused “Abomination” to trend on Twitter, with Marvel fan going crazy over this unexpected cameo.
YOOOOO THEY GOT THE ABOMINATION FIGHTING A SORCERER ?? pic.twitter.com/eXQe8TsA6Y
— Jay | loki spoilers (@jayspatrol) June 25, 2021
Is that the fucking Abomination ?
— EternalsTalks (⊃∪ ∩⪽) (@EternalsTalks) June 25, 2021
Everyone when Abomination appeared in the Shang-Chi trailer: pic.twitter.com/M4jFDfpuQX
— T'Challa Stan #F9 (@KhameekJ03) June 25, 2021
Just in case anyone wasn’t convinced it was really Abomination, the captions to the trailer on YouTube 100% confirm his identity. He’s back, baby!
— Noah ⎊ (@NoahIsAHuman) June 25, 2021
But, hold on, fans are getting so excited over Abomination’s return that we’re overlooking who he’s battling. That looks a lot like Doctor Strange’s pal Wong (Benedict Wong) in the cage with him. And the fight’s not going his way.
— Marvelous Realm (@MarvelousRealm) June 25, 2021
Abomination vs. Wong. The match we never knew we needed.
Abomination vs Wong!
— Jimmy Folino – BLM & #StopAsianHate (@MrNiceGuy513) June 25, 2021
Who’d have thunk it?
Me if you went back in time 15 years ago and tell me that there will be a show about Loki and a Shang-Chi film with a fight scene between the Abomination and Doctor Strange’s assistant Wong coming out right after a Black Widow movie and before an Eternals film. pic.twitter.com/LF27gFVJ2e
— TASK the Ol' Nerdy Bastard #StopAsianHate (@UpToTASK) June 25, 2021
OK, now Abomination’s back, we’re just waiting on Tim Blake Nelson to return as The Leader and Liv Tyler to reprise Betty Ross.
okay Feige, you brought Abomination back, so PLEASE bring them back next pic.twitter.com/xbRfJCflFH
— Luke (@qLxke_) June 25, 2021
It’s already been confirmed that Tim Roth was due to reprise his role as Blonsky in She-Hulk, but we were definitely not expecting Abomination to show up anywhere else before then. Presumably Bruce Banner’s old foe will only have a cameo in this flick before featuring in a bigger capacity in the Disney Plus series, but these kind of wacky crossovers are what Marvel fans live for.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is due to hit theaters this September 3rd.