Exclusive: Kevin Feige Confirms that Is The Abomination Fighting Wong in the Shang-Chi Trailer

Plus, the Marvel Studios President talks about Shang-Chi's deep connection to the original Iron Man.

by | June 29, 2021 | Comments


(Photo by © Marvel Studios, © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

It was no secret that The Abomination/Emil Blonsky would be re-entering the MCU in phase 4; during last December’s Disney Investor Day, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige announced that the villain, first portrayed by Tim Roth in The Incredible Hulk, would be a part of upcoming Disney+ series She-Hulk. Roth further confirmed the news. But it turns out we will see The Abomination even sooner than that – and we just got the confirmation from Feige himself.

When the studio dropped its trailer for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings last Friday, keen-eyed fans noticed that the character – or a creature that looked almost exactly like him, with a few improvements like those larger fins along his spine – appeared in the last few seconds, fighting in what looks to be an underground tournament. His adversary? Well, it looked more than a little like Wong (Benedict Wong), the sorcerer first introduced in Doctor Strange. But Wong, the actor, was not officially credited in the Shang-Chi cast list (though a lunch in Sydney between the star and Shang-Chi lead Simu Liu had raised some suspicions).

Rotten Tomatoes sat down with Feige this week for an extended look at Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the full video of which will be available shortly in the lead-up to Black Widow‘s release. When we asked for confirmation that we had indeed seen The Abomination squaring off against Wong in the closing moments of the Shang-Chi trailer, Feige revealed that our eyes were not deceiving us.

“Yes, we just recently released the final trailer for Shang-Chi,” said Feige. “Some fans said, ‘This looks like a character they hadn’t seen in many years named The Abomination, fighting a character that looks like Wong. And I can say that the reason it looks like that is because that is Abomination fighting Wong.”

Feige went on to say that the ability to bring back characters like The Abomination is one of the joys of his work on the MCU. “[It’s] a fun thing to have a character that we haven’t had on screen in over a decade show up again in the MCU. And to see fans on that little tag of the trailer recognize that and embrace that is great fun.”

Simu Liu in Shang-Chi

(Photo by Jasin Boland, © Marvel Studios, © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Shang-Chi also affords Marvel Studios a second go, of sorts, at another storied villain: The Mandarin. In the comics, the character, which was teased in Iron Man 3 but who, in that film, turned out to be bumbling actor-for-hire Trevor Slattery (Ben Kingsley) – much to some fans’ chagrin – is the founder of the Ten Rings, and the Ten Rings will make a proper debut in the upcoming solo film.

“That’s what’s fun about the MCU at this stage,” Feige told Rotten Tomatoes. “We can do something like Shang-Chi, introducing a brand new hero into the MCU and into the world at large. But that subtitle, The Legend of the Ten Rings, actually connects it back to the very beginning of the MCU, the Ten Rings being the organization that kidnapped Tony Stark at the very beginning of Iron Man one. And that organization was inspired by a character called the Mandarin in the comics.”

“And going back to Iron Man one: We’ve been talking about that when we do bring this character to the screen, [we] only wanted to do it when we felt we could do it supreme justice and really showcase the complexity of this character, which frankly we couldn’t do in an Iron Man movie because an Iron Man movie is about Iron Man; an Iron Man movie is about Tony Stark. So [Iron Man 3 director] Shane Black, in his film and his script that he co-wrote, came up with this fun twist that we love to this day, and it turned out to be Trevor Slattery. Just because that version wasn’t real didn’t mean there’s not a leader of the Ten Rings organization, and that is who we meet for the first time in Shang-Chi.”

Mandarin - Shang-Chi

(Photo by )

Feige says he is particularly excited to have cast Hong Kong acting legend Tony Leung Chiu-wai in the role. “Tony Leung playing Shang-Chi’s father and the leader of the Ten Rings is another pinch-yourself, dream-come-true moment because he’s one of the best actors of our time and we’re very excited to have him introduced to, I hope, a whole new fan base who might not be aware of his spectacular work that he’s done.”

Check in with Rotten Tomatoes for our full extended video interview with Kevin Feige previewing Phase 4 of the MCU. 

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is in theaters September 3, 2021. She-Hulk is expected to be released on Disney+ in 2022. 

Thumbnail image: © Marvel Studios and © Universal

On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.

Tag Cloud

Valentine's Day Amazon pirates of the caribbean aapi TCA criterion spain blockbusters Red Carpet 72 Emmy Awards Pacific Islander venice Awards San Diego Comic-Con true crime A24 Image Comics kids joker Hallmark Pet Sematary toronto debate RT History FXX singing competition Grammys Spectrum Originals spider-man Sneak Peek 93rd Oscars rt archives RT21 football Paramount Plus wonder woman doctor who Alien supernatural Rom-Com Mary poppins japan films Netflix Christmas movies Sundance vs. VH1 revenge sopranos hidden camera olympics OWN harry potter Universal Pictures obituary Legendary blockbuster rt labs critics edition Women's History Month Paramount christmas movies Britbox Disney+ Disney Plus high school PlayStation theme song name the review Mystery ITV Watching Series TCA Awards spanish language Winners cancelled Pop best green book Turner Cannes Travel Channel italian E! monster movies mcc DC streaming service elevated horror Mindy Kaling saw Disney Channel Bravo posters dramedy mockumentary Podcast fast and furious WGN DirecTV adaptation The Walt Disney Company Heroines TCA 2017 20th Century Fox rom-coms based on movie The CW heist movie 73rd Emmy Awards political drama Apple TV Plus Mary Poppins Returns Ovation 1990s Tubi free movies serial killer cancelled television TIFF Spring TV scary American Society of Cinematographers TBS independent Prime Video hollywood james bond animated Vudu PBS archives Kids & Family 2015 FOX Adult Swim all-time golden globe awards Music Comic Book Summer Biopics australia Stephen King universal monsters Anna Paquin Endgame Disney FX Star Trek reviews documentaries hispanic heritage month game show police drama Nickelodeon See It Skip It BET Interview Crackle quibi Creative Arts Emmys Musical 007 hispanic kong GLAAD docuseries CNN Chernobyl facebook TV One Holidays crime drama Video Games HBO Sundance TV IFC Films A&E worst movies MSNBC franchise X-Men Discovery Channel cinemax batman Columbia Pictures VOD popular casting video new york USA Network Oscars TruTV Netflix superhero LGBTQ thriller strong female leads PaleyFest Pride Month what to watch The Academy Rocky Reality Competition Avengers TV movies Toys asian-american romantic comedy spanish space Writers Guild of America GoT CMT young adult slasher Freeform twilight Schedule CBS Syfy Teen National Geographic prank 2016 Starz Television Critics Association talk show Crunchyroll parents justice league dexter Baby Yoda news spinoff The Walking Dead unscripted BBC One Tokyo Olympics superman BBC America 2020 Comedy Central streaming movies Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt OneApp ViacomCBS LGBT Broadway art house comic book movie historical drama mission: impossible IMDb TV Peacock Marvel Studios adenture Character Guide marvel cinematic universe award winner crossover Set visit Lifetime jamie lee curtis Ghostbusters Family 90s lord of the rings Lifetime Christmas movies blaxploitation hist Trailer period drama Country AMC Arrowverse TV renewals basketball cooking legend Christmas zero dark thirty Emmys Chilling Adventures of Sabrina book marvel comics razzies Hulu 71st Emmy Awards Brie Larson 2017 robots Amazon Prime Video Martial Arts dogs MCU Disney streaming service festivals Opinion Certified Fresh YouTube Premium travel WarnerMedia witnail golden globes kaiju natural history Paramount Network comics El Rey DGA discovery genre Tumblr remakes biopic comic books E3 Superheroe game of thrones Lucasfilm festival cops Pixar die hard a nightmare on elm street Tarantino Shudder dragons ghosts suspense Premiere Dates 4/20 ABC Signature war Disney Plus Photos Song of Ice and Fire DC Comics transformers 45 psychological thriller The Arrangement critics anthology cancelled TV shows Holiday Tags: Comedy cars target Calendar Walt Disney Pictures Tomatazos tv talk psycho video on demand VICE Nominations ABC Family new star wars movies dceu Exclusive Video Mudbound Superheroes mutant vampires Pirates zombies telelvision ID Horror new zealand HFPA Musicals royal family The Witch feel good dreamworks TV Land disaster 2018 mob Best and Worst First Reviews HBO Go APB indie 24 frames Cartoon Network anime medical drama women chucky screenings Black Mirror DC Universe Dark Horse Comics GIFs Instagram Live emmy awards Esquire Showtime History IFC Shondaland Film Film Festival Rock Captain marvel live event ratings know your critic nfl biography book adaptation Hear Us Out sag awards BET Awards Infographic leaderboard Neflix japanese cartoon Fox Searchlight Fantasy Box Office boxoffice nature comic book movies Comedy slashers dark teaser miniseries Mary Tyler Moore TCM stop motion spider-verse versus Spike Ellie Kemper richard e. Grant Marvel Television boxing President SXSW MTV Turner Classic Movies 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Amazon Prime scary movies Elton John Trophy Talk black comedy Western movie Nat Geo godzilla cancelled TV series 21st Century Fox Fall TV Apple TV+ werewolf zombie black BBC Warner Bros. Super Bowl Trivia cats Sony Pictures Hollywood Foreign Press Association AMC Plus sequels CBS All Access stoner indiana jones fresh Star Wars USA children's TV Comics on TV romance Black History Month king kong Food Network YA Extras Television Academy finale stand-up comedy Cosplay directors worst YouTube Red Sci-Fi TV Sundance Now latino Thanksgiving Marathons SundanceTV Drama Academy Awards docudrama trophy Apple foreign binge Animation FX on Hulu technology jurassic park south america documentary deadpool Awards Tour Acorn TV HBO Max scorecard king arthur Funimation Year in Review Logo dc TLC reboot TCA Winter 2020 crime Binge Guide BAFTA rt labs Wes Anderson aliens sequel composers diversity canceled TV shows sports rotten movies we love 99% Classic Film scene in color screen actors guild NYCC Universal crime thriller SDCC Pop TV Hallmark Christmas movies streaming concert Action spy thriller Winter TV comedies television Countdown critic resources Masterpiece Lionsgate NBA comiccon Fox News The Purge science fiction french First Look Amazon Studios nbcuniversal halloween NBC Rocketman Quiz politics comic live action trailers classics adventure CW Seed child's play rotten laika social media ESPN Fargo sitcom movies cults Marvel 2021 New York Comic Con satire YouTube ABC canceled toy story Election 79th Golden Globes Awards breaking bad renewed TV shows TNT Comic-Con@Home 2021 Epix international gangster Emmy Nominations Reality 2019 halloween tv Polls and Games action-comedy series