Why Is Abomination So Distinct in Shang-Chi? (Not Just Redesigned)
While Abomination’s look has been modified for Marvel’s Shang-Chi, he also appears to be less of a horrific monster in terms of personality. Why?
While the Abomination was recreated for Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, he not only looks different than he did in The Incredible Hulk, but he also acts differently. In the MCU’s second film, starring Edward Norton as Bruce Banner, Emil Blonsky (played by Tim Roth) underwent a monster metamorphosis in search of greater gamma power to challenge the Hulk. Blonsky, as the Abomination, wreaked devastation in Harlem until he was vanquished by the Hulk himself. But it was about 13 years ago. In Shang-Chi, it appears that the Abomination is no longer as horrible as he once was.
The title hero, played by Simu Liu in Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, is looking for his sister Xialing after being attacked by operatives of their crime lord father Wenwu, also known as the Mandarin. Shang-Chi and his companion Katy ultimately track down Xialing, who runs the Golden Daggers club, an underground fighting ring. Before Shang-Chi is forced to battle in the ring, the couple see the Master of the Mystic Arts Wong face off against a revised Abomination, who has been upgraded to better resemble his counterpart in the comics, as compared to his original cinematic debut in 2008.
However, once their battle is finished and Wong is victorious, the two appear to be extremely friendly towards one another.
They’ve apparently battled and rehearsed before, and Wong even asks Blonsky how his jaw feels before following him through a portal to what seems to be a cell on the Raft or some other type of facility in Shang-Chi. Abomination’s demeanour appears to have mellowed quite a bit since his previous MCU appearance, and it’s probable that this was done to flesh out the character ahead of his debut in Marvel’s She-Hulk (as well as his prospective involvement in Marvel’s Thunderbolts project).
Given that She-Hulk is said to be a comedy, it stands to reason that even if Abomination is shown to be an opponent, he’ll be more than simply a wrath monster. After all, Bruce Banner is now Smart Hulk, with better control over his strength, and his cousin, Jenifer Walters, now has control over her gamma powers, enabling her to work as a lawyer during the day. As a result, Abomination’s calmer attitude may make him more dynamic in the long term, rather than being a maniacally one-note monster.
Similarly, while the character’s participation has yet to be confirmed, the Thunderbolts are a group of rehabilitated supervillains. Given Blonsky’s new attitude as seen in Shang-Chi, he definitely appears to fit the description rather nicely. In any case, it’s wonderful that the Abomination’s demeanour has evolved alongside his looks, indicating that Marvel Studios has bigger intentions for Blonsky than merely bringing him back for a cameo.