Marvel Finally Confirmed the Return of 1 of the MCU’s Earliest Villains

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has introduced audiences to countless heroes and villains. But over the course of 23 movies, not every MCU baddie in the “Infinity Saga” got his or her due. Even Avengers: Endgame couldn’t fit everyone in for the grand finale. But now Marvel Studios has confirmed one of the most overlooked Marvel villains is returning at last.

Marvel Studios visual at the Disney+ booth at the D23 Expo
Marvel Studios visual at the Disney+ booth at the D23 Expo | ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images

Fans learned a bit more about the upcoming Disney+ ‘She-Hulk’ series

Thanks to its extensive slate of Disney+ series, Marvel Studios has the opportunity to dive deep into the MCU’s history. That means supporting players such as Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) get to lead their own shows. But Disney+ will also add many new heroes to the series as well. One of the most anticipated is the upcoming She-Hulk series.

Rumors long pinned Alison Brie for the lead role of Jennifer Walters. But a Disney investors’ call on Dec. 10, 2020, clarified that — as previously reported — Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany will star. There’s still a lot fans don’t know about the show, including its release date. However, Disney did announce two major cast additions, including a major villain return.

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The show will mark the long-awaited return of the Abomination

Amid the onslaught of Disney updates, the company released a tweet about She-Hulk which clarified its cast. Maslaney, of course, was confirmed to play Jennifer Walters aka She-Hulk. But the Disney+ series will also mark Tim Roth’s return to the MCU. The actor previously played Emil Blonsky aka the Abomination in the 2008 film The Incredible Hulk.

Just the second entry in the MCU, The Incredible Hulk hit theaters just a couple of months after Iron Man. Yet, the movie is often regarded as one of the weaker MCU movies. This reception as well as rumored rights issues with Universal — which released the movie — left Abomination’s future in doubt. In fact, The Incredible Hulk had been mostly ignored until recently.

The Avengers featured some brief archive footage and a mention of Hulk’s rampage in Harlem from The Incredible Hulk. But it wasn’t until William Hurt reprised his role as General Ross in Captain America: Civil War that the movie became more relevant to the greater MCU. After the Abomination survived The Incredible Hulk, his whereabouts have been unclear.

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Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner might have to face Abomination again

According to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Abomination had been in cryo-stasis in the custody of S.H.I.E.L.D. The villain’s story might have been literally on ice. But meanwhile, Bruce Banner aka Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) has continued to be an integral part of the MCU. The last time Hulk and Abomination crossed paths, Edward Norton played the former. Now a rematch is in order.

Disney also included confirmation of Ruffalo’s involvement in the She-Hulk update. Right now, it’s unclear how big a role he will have in the show. Since Banner is Jennifer Walters’ cousin and the source of her power, he will likely appear in the pilot episode at least. Since She-Hulk carries The Incredible Hulk’s legacy into Phase 4, could fans also see The Leader return?