Shang-Chi Concept Art Reveals Another Soul Eater Creature Design


Concept artist Jerad S. Marantz has shared a terrifying alternate design for Shang-Chi and the Soul Eater creatures from The Legend of the Ten Rings.

Concept artist Jerad S. Marantz has shared a terrifying alternative design for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings‘ Soul Eater minion creatures. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings released in 2021, introducing audiences to the new hero of Simu Liu. The film also starred Awkwafina, Meng’er Zhang, Tony Leung, Michelle Yeoh, Fala Chen, and Florian Munteanu.

In the film, Wenwu, leader of the Ten Rings, hopes that going through the Dark Portal which is near Ta Lo will allow him to find Shang-Chi and Xialing’s (Zhang) mother, Ying Li (Chen). Created to seal off the Dweller-in-Darkness and his Soul Eater minions, the Gate is the only thing stopping creatures from threatening the world. Despite Shang-Chi’s pleas, Wenwu weakens the gate, allowing the dweller to wreak havoc on Ta Lo. Inspired by The attack of the Titans, the Dweller’s escape and the ensuing battle with the Great Dragon Protector saw Shang-Chi and Xialing having to use their skills against colossal foes. Now, one of the film’s concept artists has shared a closer look at an early creature design.


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On his Instagram account, S. Marantz shared an exploration of creatures for Soul Eaters that the artist described as a “demon”. The design differs greatly from the final design of the Soul Eaters, which appeared as tentacled, winged beasts that would hold down their prey with their tendrils before harvesting their souls. In S. Marantz’s concept art, the Soul Eater is more animalistic, lacking tendrils and instead walking on four legs. The creature also has a pronounced snout, with brighter red areas on its body. Check out S.Marantz’s art below.

Previously released concept art has sparked discussion due to its presence of a pair of unexpected Marvel characters in one of the Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings‘ most memorable moments. While developing the idea surrounding the Macau Fight Club that Shang-Chi and Katy (Awkwafina) go to to find Xialing, concept artist Andrew Kim depicted a confrontation between Ryan Reynold’s Deadpool and Proxima Midnight (Carrie Coon) in the club’s central arena. After the artwork led fans to speculate why these characters would appear in the film, Kim explained that neither would have been used in the film and was instead chosen as an example of a confrontation. hypothetical for the part alone.

S. Marantz Artwork Offers Fans A Terrifying Look At What Might Have Been For Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings‘ supernatural enemies. Soul Eaters were deadly threats, forcing the Ten Rings and Ta Lo to unite, and Florian Munteanu’s Razorfist would even fall to a Soul Eater in a deleted scene before the character’s fate was altered on release. in theaters. With their more animal-like appearances and drastically different designs, S. Marantz’s original concept is a horror creature that would surely have been a terrifying threat in the final battle.

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