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In 2008, the character of Emil Blonsky appeared in Louis Leterrier’s The Incredible Hulk as one of the antagonists in the second movie set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Blonsky is a mercenary hired by “Thunderbolt” Ross to hunt down Bruce Banner, a.k.a. the Hulk. At one point,
Blonsky decides to inject himself with Banner’s blood in order to be able to defeat the Hulk, but the experiment backfired and Blonsky turns into a Hulk-like monstrosity called Abomination.
In one of the last scenes of The Incredible Hulk, the Abomination fights against the Hulk and loses, after which he is taken by Ross’ men and put into captivity. In today’s article, you are going to find out what happened to MCU’s Abomination and whether he is going to return to the MCU or not. Enjoy!
What happened to Abomination at the end of ‘The Incredible Hulk’?
As we all know very well, Abomination fought Hulk at the end of The Incredible Hulk. Abomination was in a better position until Hulk’s powers finally kicked in and he managed to subdue Blonsky, managing to choke him with a large chain at one point. The Hulk would have strangled him to death had Betty Ross not intervened, pleading for Banner to not kill Abomination. Angered, the Hulk released an unconscious Abomination from the grip of the chain, who then fell down on the floor. At that point, we knew that he was taken into custody by the United States Army, but the film didn’t really reveal more information.
The Incredible Hulk did enough to set up a sequel, in which Blonsky would certainly have appeared, but due to Edward Norton quitting his role and being replaced by Mark Ruffalo, which ultimately led to a change of tone in interpreting Hulk within the MCU, the planned sequel was scrapped and Blonsky’s character remained in limbo.
Still, the MCU revealed Blonsky’s fate, which was discussed in the Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode “Tracks”, as well as the one-shot The Consultant, which was part of the Blu-ray release of Thor. It is revealed that Blonsky was taken away to the Vault, a top-secret cryo-cell located in Barrow, Alaska, where he was under the supervision of General Ross; this was kept so secret that the only S.H.I.E.L.D. agents who knew this were the ones who had a Clearance Level 7 or above.
During the drafting of the Avengers Initiative, the World Security Council considered releasing Blonsky and giving him a spot on the team, stating that he was a hero who fought Hulk only because he was instructed to perceive him as an enemy. Luckily enough, Ross was ultimately dissuaded from doing so, which means that Blonsky remains in captivity up to this day.
Is Abomination still alive in the MCU?
Abomination never appeared in any later material associated with the MCU, but he was mentioned on two occasions, as was stated in the preceding paragraphs. Since it’s been 12 years since his debut, fans are – naturally – wondering whether the character is even alive at this point, considering everything that has happened in the MCU since 2008. Well, we have the answers!
Based on the information we have from the TV series and one-shots, as well as the recent media information (see below), we know for certain that Emil Blonsky, a.k.a. Abomination is alive in the MCU and that he is held captive by the military in Alaska, in a top-secret cryo-cell. This is a proven fact.
Will Abomination return to the MCU?
Now to the question we have all been waiting for – will Abomination return to the MCU? We have already stated that the plans for a sequel of The Incredible Hulk have been scrapped due to changes in tone and cast, which left most of the characters in a certain limbo; General Ross did have a small role in Civil War, but it wasn’t anything significant, really.
This is why people have been wondering whether we’re going to see Abomination again, especially since the MCU expanded so much that it now includes a whole tie-in television universe full of opportunities for a return. So, is it going to happen?
During the 2020’s Investors Day, Kevin Feige revealed some additional details about the MCU’s expansions, including some new information on previously confirmed TV shows. It was revealed, then and there, that Abomination would indeed return to the MCU in the upcoming She-Hulk series.
This was a surprise reveal, but something that had been speculated for a long time before Feige officially announced it to the public. Fans were thrilled to hear this news, as Abomination had a certain cult status among MCU fans, specifically because his interesting, yet short tenure in the universe certainly left them craving more.
Not only that but it appears that Abomination will return in some capacity in the upcoming film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. In the second trailer for that martial arts epic, we see Shang-Chi fighting against Hulk’s adversary in some sort of cage fight, showcasing that either the character has escaped or been let loose. No doubt there’ll be some sort of set up in this movie for the upcoming She-Hulk series.
Will Tim Roth reprise his role as Emil Blonsky?
Now that we know that Abomination is going to return to the MCU, we can only ask the next logical question – is Tim Roth going to reprise his role? Tim Roth is quite a famous actor with a number of great films (Reservoir Dogs, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead) and television (Lie to Me, Tin Star) roles.
His interpretation of Blonsky was well-received by both fans and critics, so it’s only natural that people wanted him back in the role. But, seeing how the Hulk “mini verse” within the MCU went through a lot of changes, it wouldn’t really surprise us if Marvel decided to recast the role. So, do we know what Marvel has in store for us? We do!
During the aforementioned Investors Day, Feige did not only confirm the return of Abomination to the MCU, but he also confirmed that Tim Roth would indeed reprise his role as the villain from the movie. This was another source of happiness for MCU fans, as Roth was a fan-favorite actor whose return was
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