Last Thursday, the second trailer for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings dropped, and it gave us more context for what we can expect from the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe movie. But as Marvel trailers often do, a surprise was saved for the end. We caught a quick glimpse of a cage fight between a monstrous humanoid and a sorcerer, and fans quickly speculated that this was familiar MCU characters Abomination and Wong facing off. Now Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has confirmed that they were correct with that assumption.
As part of an extended look at the latest Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings preview, Kevin Feige informed Rotten Tomatoes that we will indeed see Abomination and Wong tussle as part of the story. In Feige’s words:
Yes, we just recently released the final trailer for Shang-Chi. 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.
In case you need a refresher on that surprising scene, rewatch the Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings trailer below, which is packed with plenty of other cool moments.
Naturally Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was going to have ties to the wider MCU, most notably through Tony Leung playing Wenwu, a.k.a. the real Mandarin, who was teased in the All Hail the King One-Shot after it was revealed that Ben Kingsley’s Mandarin in Iron Man 3 was a fraud. However, now we can expect to see at least a couple of familiar faces in the movie too, with Wong having last appeared in Avengers: Endgame and Abomination, a.k.a. Emil Blonsky, having not been seen since The Incredible Hulk in 2008. Speaking of Abomination’s long absence, Feige also said the following:
[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.
Evidently the fighting tournament featured in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings draws people from all corners of MCU life, though it’s unclear if it’ll be specifically noted why Abomination and Wong are participating, or if we’ll just need to go along with it. Luckily for fans of either character (or both), Shang-Chi won’t be the last time we see them in a while. Benedict Wong is confirmed to be reprising Wong in 2022’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and Tim Roth will be back for Disney+’s She-Hulk series, which doesn’t have a release date yet.
As for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ main cast, Tony Leung is joined by Simu Liu playing the movie’s eponymous protagonist, Awkwafina as Katy, Michelle Yeoh as Jiang Nan, Fall Chen as Jiang Li and Florian Munteanu as Razor Fist, among others. Just Mercy’s Destin Daniel Cretton directed Shang-Chi and wrote the script with David Callaham and Andrew Lanham.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings opens in theaters on September 3, so stay tuned to CinemaBlend for updates on that and other upcoming Marvel movies.