A funny thing about comic book movies today is that many of the artists who work on the movies often use social media to show off alternate versions of designs ranging from props to costumes and even entire characters. Concept artist Jerad Marantz has shared lots of fun work in the past, including his designs for Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Marantz also has a history with Marvel, having worked on Black Panther, Avengers: Endgame, and more. Previously, Marantz shared a preview of some of its designs for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, including a spooky take on some of the movie’s creatures. This week he took to Instagram to show off his own design for the rings of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
“I have to do some early ring designs for #ShangChiAndTheLegendOfTheTenRings. I don’t usually get the chance to do props, but my buddy @andyparkart thought I could. Actually, I was pretty close to a few options but my friend the incredibly talented @jwsze ended up getting the final design approved. If I remember correctly he may have gotten it on his first pass. Pretty impressive! Shang Chi was such an amazing project. Thanks to Andy Park for bringing me on board! #shangchi #props #rings #marvel #mcu #conceptart #zbrush,” Marantz wrote. You can check out his design below:
It was recently announced that Shang Chi director Destin Daniel Cretton will helm a Shang Chi sequel with Simu Liu returning to play the titular hero. Not only Shang Chi having a record-breaking opening weekend at the box office, but it also had the highest viewership score of any Marvel Cinematic Universe film on Rotten Tomatoes (it’s now tied with Spider-Man: No Way Oute). The film received positive reviews from critics, earning a 91% score on Rotten Tomatoes after 334 reviews, and it also earned an impressive 98% Audience Score after over 10,000 reviews. ComicBook.com gave the film a 4.5 out of 5, calling it “one of the best origin stories in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date”.
Earlier this year, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Ringss won the award for “Character Animation, Live Action” at the Annie Awards. At the 2nd Annual Critics Choice Super Awards, Shang Chi also scored five nominations. The Marvel movie was up for Best Superhero Movie, Best Actor in a Superhero Movie (Tony Leung), Best Actor in a Superhero Movie (Simu Liu), Best Actress in a Superhero Movie (Michelle Yeoh) and Best Villain in a Motion Picture (Tony Leung). Shang Chi also earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Achievement in Visual Effects, but ended up losing to Dunes.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is now available to stream on Disney+.