She-Hulk: Attorney at Law sees Tim Roth return as Emil Blonsky or Abomination, after having first appeared in The Incredible Hulk when Dr Bruce Banner was played by Edward Norton and not Mark Ruffalo, as we have seen in the recent Marvel Cinematic Universe projects. 

After the 2008 film, he was briefly seen in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, where Abomination and Wong were part of an underground fight. 

While Abomination didn’t make it to the screen for the longest time, there were discussions on how the character could be brought back. In The Incredible Hulk, the Hulk hands Abomination over to the authorities and in the MCU, he is seen after a long time to set up the story of Blonsky’s parole that She-Hulk explores. However, Marvel boss Kevin Feige had a more sinister introduction in mind than the zen Abomination we see in the Disney+ series. 

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“I remember talking to Kevin [Feige] on set of [The Incredible Hulk] and Stan Lee as well”, Roth told IGN, adding, “The idea was that they locked him up in a steel vault and sank it to the bottom of the ocean and left it there. So that when you found it at the beginning of whatever film that might have been… That’s where you found him. And he’d had time to think. About what he wanted to do and where he wanted to go.” 

In She-Hulk, Blonsky is kept in a maximum security prison in a protective bubble too, so there are some similarities with Feige’s vision.

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Roth continued, “Well in a sense they kind of did it in She-Hulk. He’s in isolation, dealing with his inner monster… and he’s been in a bubble… in a maximum security [prison] in total isolation, for many years. So now what do we get? Who is he? And the journey he goes on will possibly dance around the knife edge of ‘is he or isn’t he [reformed]?’ And I know I had some fun with him.”