One of the biggest surprises in an MCU trailer has to be the shot of Abomination fighting Wong in a cage match in one of the trailers of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. The appearance sent fans into a frenzy not just by the mere appearances and odd pairing of both characters but also the new comic faithful design of Emil Blonsky.
Producer Jonathan Schwartz gave us a simple answer when asked why they decided to redesign the character after more than 10 years of absence.
It felt time to update him a little bit and give him a refresh. We just like the new design better.
The MCU has slowly leaned towards more audacious comic accurate designs over the years for the better. It’s always odd to watch comic book films from more than a decade ago and see how embarrassed the makers were of the source material’s design and aesthetics. As the MCU tackles crazier comic concepts, their designs get better and better. As Banner would put it, this new Abomination look is an absolute win.