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Here’s How Shang-Chi Teased The Dark Avengers

Abomination from The Incredible Hulk fought Wong from Doctor Strange in one of the most talked-about scenes in the Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings teaser. When the often-ignored early MCU movie villain showed up, no one was expecting him to appear, which led us to speculate as to his purpose. What is surprising is how much more illuminating the scene in the movie is.

As soon as the two had battled, we find that Wong has been training Abomination all along. Not only that, but the two were fighting in order to train… As a result, why would Wong want to train the Hulk’s most notorious antagonist? He may be a member of an elite unit established during The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, which could all be leading up to the debut of the Dark Avengers, according to our theories.

The mystery about the Dark Avengers

Fans’ favorite Brian Michael Bendis created the Dark Avengers squad, which debuted in the appropriately named Dark Avengers #1. As part of the Dark Reign narrative, the book was published in 2009. Notable because Lady Loki was introduced in that storyline. Actually, we’re in the same region as the MCU, so it’s not a big deal. Getting back to the Dark Avengers, Norman Osborn put together the squad with the help of the United States Government.

If you’re wondering why, read on! Well, that all happened after the Secret Invasion when everyone realized that extraterrestrial shapeshifters had replaced some of Earth’s greatest heroes. A whole new hero team might have emerged from this new situation… much how the MCU now appears to be without a primary Avengers squad after Endgame.

Many notable supervillains and anti-heroes appeared in the Dark Avengers books, including Bullseye, Moonstone, Skaar, and Noh-Varr. But what’s most intriguing is how they all adopted heroic personas so the people didn’t realize they were villains. Not to forget to mention, John Walker, U.S. Agent, was the team’s most recent leader in the comics.

What is Abomination’s role in all of this?

Abomination In Shang-Chi

If Abomination were to serve as the Hulk’s counterpart in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it would make a lot more sense than Skaar in the Dark Avengers series. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the figure already exists and is a well-known foe of the Hulk. And he matches the team structure, which is to replace a hero with a comparably strong antagonist.

In reality, the battle was a part of Wong’s preparation for the monster. Because of this, why would he be training this person in the first place? Hulk would be a must-have for anyone assembling a squad of alternative superpowered individuals, a type of multiverse strike team. As an alternative Sorcerer Supreme, even Wong fits into the group’s mix of heroes.

But then come the secret defenders

There are fewer supervillains and more ethically conflicted mantle wearers with the power to do good when more severe measures are needed. Because of this, it is necessary to bring up the Secret Defenders.

In the early 1990s, this squad was revealed to the public, and it immediately reminded us of Shang-Chi’s team. The Secret Defenders were created by none other than Doctor Strange himself, as you can see. The training of Abomination by Wong is a good match for this storyline. On top of all that, they were led by Strange, who utilized his magical talents to spot dangers and dispatch them on missions. I think that’s something we’d be interested in seeing.

This is how the Team fits into the MCU

As soon as Valentina Allegra de Fontaine appeared in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier as well as Black Widow, it was clear that she was assembling a team. Noted war criminal John Walker and former assassin Yelena Belova make up the squad. Fundamentally speaking, it’s not always the obvious good folks that win. This was our first indication that a new Avengers squad with a darker tone will be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the future. Certainly, Abomination’s scene with Wong appears to corroborate that theory as well. Is it true that Wong is working with Valentina? Unquestionably, Sorcerer Supreme would act in response to an imminent threat.

The third possibility is that Wong and Strange are forming a counter-team that may take out Valentina’s team and any other dangers that may come. Since Wong hired Shang-Chi and Katy towards the conclusion of the movie, this seems probable. And it’s possible that they’re bringing in various characters, which would result in an array of different Avengers.

 

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