After more than ten years of absence since he last appeared in 2008's The Incredible Hulk, the Abomination made his unexpected return to the MCU in last year's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings before making his full-fledged comeback in the upcoming series She-Hulk: Attorney at Law. The return of the villain was welcomed by fans who are also curious to see what the character is up to now after being missing on the screen for so long.
In a recent interview with ComicBook.com, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law Jessica Gao was asked about why they decided to bring back the Abomination and she revealed that she pitched the idea from the beginning and it led to Kevin Feige's decision to bring back the character in Shang-Chi.
"So Abomination, Emil Blonsky was in my original pitch and at that point, the last time we saw him was in 2008, The Incredible Hulk," Gao explained. "I had no idea what their relationship to this character was anymore. I don't know if they had any plans but it was a story I wanted to tell so I just put it in there."
"What's the worst that could happen? I don't get the job. Look, I have not gotten the job so many times at Marvel like it was old hat to me. I had no more fear. I was like Daredevil. I was the woman with no fear now."
Gao eventually incorporated the idea and wrote the character into the story of the show to see what would happen. As a result of his inclusion in the show, Feige decided to have the character make his official return in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
"Because he was built in to be such a big part of the show in that original pitch and in the writer's room, we really like, we were creating this whole story for him," she recalled.
"Because everything in Marvel is connected, that was actually why he then was put in Shang-Chi because he was in our show. That way, it was kind of to seed him so that people can get excited but also remember him and it kind of forced people to go, 'Oh, I should go back and check in on him and remember who he is and what all of that was about.'"
The head writer concluded by clarifying that the credit for the Abomination's return in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings still goes to Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige. "It's Kevin. All roads lead to Kevin," she said.
It is interesting to hear that the idea of bringing back the Abomination into the MCU last year came from the roots of the character's upcoming major role in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law. It would be curious to see if Marvel has more plans for him after the show as fans are speculating that he could also show up in Thunderbolts.
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is set to premiere on Disney+ this Thursday.