Abomination’s appearance revamps in the latest Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. And this is the indirect result of The Avengers.
That moment when Emil Blonsky appears in the Macau fighting tournament sets the stage for the Hulk villain’s future return. He now has a respectful rivalry with Wong and seems to have left his evil ways behind. Or at least he is trying to enjoy his freedom after being imprisoned for more than a decade in The Incredible Hulk.
The movie also shows the change in Abomination’s appearance. The last we saw the villain transforming into a horrifying monster. This happens after unfinished Super Soldier Serum and Hulk’s blood injection. However, after a decade, the villain has completed his transformation with a better physical appearance and super strength.
In The Incredible Hulk, Abomination fights Hulk. And World Security Council prefers Abomination to become a part of The Avengers. However, Tony Stark stepped in and managed to get Bruce Banner and himself on the team. Soon after these events, Hulk underwent a changed appearance too. After Marck Ruffalo replaced Edward Norton, Hulk started to have a likeness to Ruffalo. And this seems about right! Also, it gives Shang-Chi to bring Abomination back with a changed appearance to bring everything in sync.
The Incredible Hulk is a fantastic movie; however, it has distanced itself from other Marvel movies. Also, its association with Universal and Edward Norton’s departure gave Marvel a better chance at revamping the appearance of Hulk and other related characters. If there is a slight chance of seeing other characters such as Doc Samson, The Leader, and Betty Ross, we can expect changes in their appearances too.
Since 2008, CGI technology has improved a lot. The Avengers’ Hulk has always been appreciated for its similarity to the comic book Hulk. But his rapid evolution didn’t allow the viewers to adapt to these changes. Now Shang-Chi has shown Hulk returning to Bruce Banner, it is up to She-Hulk to focus on Hulk, Abomination, and She-Hulk.