Abomination is back with a seemingly new outlook on life, whether you like it or not. Just like Hulk, he has put his smashing days behind, or has he?
This post contains super spoilers for episode 2 of She-Hulk: Attorney At Law.
Viewers of Marvel’s new series She-Hulk: Attorney at Law were in for a surprise last week when Tim Roth’s Emil Blonksy made an appearance. However, Blonsky’s personality was noticeably different from when we last saw him in human form in 2008’s The Incredible Hulk, causing some fans to question why the character experienced such a change. Luckily, She-Hulk series creator and head writer Jessica Gao swooped in to answer, and it’s simpler than you might think
What’s The Reason For Abomination’s Personality Change?
“I just thought… it would be really fun to pull this character, who was such an indelible….. part of Hulk lore, and pull him into this Hulk show….. “But also to have fun with this character, because we saw him so long ago [and] we also saw him in such a serious capacity. It would be so nice to bring him in and actually make him have fun with it and actually let him play around with this character and show you kind of a different side, because there is that long span of time.”Jessica Gao
We first met the MCU’s Emil Blonsky in 2008’s The Incredible Hulk. In that film, Blonsky was characterized a serious-minded military man determined to defeat the Hulk at any cost. He was given a lesser version of the super serum that birthed Captain America, but the serum caused Blonsky to start mutating and losing his sanity before transforming into the terrifying Abomination for the film’s climax.
We would hear him mentioned in season 1, episode 13 of Agents of S.H.E.L.D., but wouldn’t see him again until a cameo appearance in 2021’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, still in Abomination form, but now in She-Hulk, he seems considerably mellowed out and has even taken to writing nice haikus, far more fitting given She-Hulk is aiming to be a lighter toned legal sitcom. Gao was vague on exactly how Blonsky transitioned from monster to man, but offered the following:
“Anything could have happened to this man over the course of the last 14 years…. People change, especially if they’ve been sitting in a detention cell somewhere. We don’t know what’s happened all that time and people go through these kinds of changes after such a huge thing has happened to them – and then they’ve had to sit with it for over a decade.”
A lot can happen in 14 years and has in the MCU’s lifespan. Many of its characters have experienced status quo changes and the threats they face have expanded from the relatively grounded Ten Rings terrorists in the Iraqi desert to evil space aliens bent on snapping away half the earth’s population. So with all that in mind, it’s not that hard to fathom that Emil Blonsky had a change of heart during his incarceration.
From what we see of him in She-Hulk episode 2, the man seems to have made peace with his past actions and even sent Bruce Banner an apology for their Harlem Scuffle, so now we’ll have to see how Jennifer Walters defends her client as the season progresses. There’s also the question of how he was able to escape prison to make his cage match cameo in Shang-Chi, but I’m sure that will be answered as well. From the sounds of it, we’ll be getting to see the lighter side of Blonsky this season and watch how his and Jennifer’s dynamic plays out. You can catch up on She-Hulk: Attorney at Law on DisneyPlus.
What do you think of Jessica Gao’s comments surrounding Emil Blonsky/Abomination? Are you happy to see the character return to the MCU? Would you want to see him in another film? What do you think about She-Hulk: Attorney at Law so far? Let us know in the comments below and on our Twitter.
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