The Incredible Hulk is very much the forgotten movie of the MCU. The second movie released after Iron Man in 2008, the film updated the backstory and the look of the Hulk, as well as the overall aesthetic of the franchise, to fit the new, “realistic,” MCU that Marvel Studios was planning. It even included a cameo by Stan Lee and hinted at a greater, connected, universe of films with mentions of the Super Soldier program that created Captain America, and a post-credit scene featuring Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark meeting with William Hurt‘s General “Thunderbolt” Ross.
Unfortunately, behind the scenes squabbles between title star Edward Norton and Kevin Feige hurt the movie’s promotion, as did disagreements between Marvel and distributor Universal Pictures, resulting in Norton being replaced by Mark Ruffalo and Marvel refusing to make a sequel so it wouldn’t have to share profits with Universal. Still, a lot was left on the table, so to speak, with the movie’s antagonist, Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth), aka the Abomination, the biggest, meanest, and greenest of the bunch. Now, in the thrilling “official” trailer to Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, we finally get to see what happened to the Abomination: he has been fighting in underground super-powered fight clubs. We also get to see a glimpse of a dragon that could just be the classic Marvel character Fin Fang Foom!
When Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) is drawn into the clandestine Ten Rings organization, he is forced to confront the past he thought he left behind.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, from a screenplay he wrote with David Callaham and Andrew Lanham. Simu Liu stars as Shang-Chi, with Tony Leung as Wenwu, aka the Mandarin, Awkwafina as Katy, Michelle Yeoh as Jiang Nan, Fala Chen as Jiang Li and Florian Muneanu as Razor Fist.
The movie opens in theaters on September 3rd.
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