Shang-Chi Concept Art Reveals Alternate Soul Eater Creature Design

Concept Artist Jerad S.Marantz has shared a terrifying alternate 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 Simu Liu's new hero. The film also starred Awkwafina, Meng'er Zhang, Tony Leung, Michelle Yeoh, Fala Chen, and Florian Munteanu.

In the movie, Wenwu, leader of the Ten Rings, hopes that breaking through the Dark Gate that resides near Ta Lo will allow him to reunite with Shang-Chi and Xialing's (Zhang) mother, Ying Li (Chen). Created to seal away the Dweller-in-Darkness and its Soul Eater minions, the gate is the only thing preventing the 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 Attack on Titan, the Dweller's escape and subsequent battle with the Great Protector Dragon saw Shang-Chi and Xialing have 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 a creature exploration for the Soul Eaters that the artist described as a "demon." The design differs greatly from the final design for the Soul Eaters, who appeared as tentacled, winged beasts that would restrain their prey with their tendrils before harvesting their souls. In S.Marantz's concept art, the Soul Eater is more animalistic, lacking the tendrils and instead walking on four legs. The creature also possesses a pronounced snout, with more vivid red areas on its body. Check out S.Marantz's art below.

Previously released concept art caused discussion due to it featuring a pair of unexpected Marvel characters in one of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings' most memorable moments. When developing the idea surrounding the Macau fight club that Shang-Chi and Katy (Awkwafina) travel to in order to find Xialing, concept artist Andrew Kim depicted a showdown between Ryan Reynold's Deadpool and Proxima Midnight (Carrie Coon) in the club's central arena. After the artwork caused fans to speculate on why these characters would feature in the film, Kim explained that neither would have been used in the film and had instead been chosen as an example of a hypothetical showdown for the piece alone.

S.Marantz's artwork offers a terrifying look for fans at what could have been for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings' supernatural foes. The 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 in the theatrical release. With their more animalistic appearances and drastically different designs, S.Marantz's original concept is a horror-esque creature that would have surely been a terrifying threat for the final battle.

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