Shang-Chi Concept Art Shows A Different Soul Eater Creature Design
Jerad S.Marantz, a concept artist, has shown a horrific alternative look for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings' Soul Eater monsters
Wenwu, the Ten Rings' leader, expects that breaking through the Dark Gate near Ta Lo will allow him to reconcile with Shang-Chi and Xialing's (Zhang) mother, Ying Li (Chen). The barrier, built to keep the Dweller-in-Darkness and its Soul Eater minions at bay, is the only thing keeping the creatures from wreaking havoc on the earth. Wenwu weakens the barrier, despite Shang-protests, Chi's allowing the Dweller to wreck devastation on Ta Lo. The Dweller's escape and subsequent battle with the Great Protector Dragon, inspired by Attack on Titan, required Shang-Chi and Xialing to use their skills against colossal foes. A closer look at an early monster design has now been provided by one of the film's concept artists.
S.Marantz posted a monster exploration for the Soul Eaters on his Instagram account, describing it as a "devil." The concept differs significantly from the final design for the Soul Eaters, who emerged as tentacled, winged animals that used their tendrils to hold their captives before collecting their souls. The Soul Eater in S.Marantz's concept image is more animalistic, missing tendrils and walks on four legs. The creature also has a prominent nose and bright red spots on its body. View S.Marantz's artwork below.
Previous concept art sparked debate because it depicted a couple of unexpected Marvel characters in one of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings' most famous scenes. When creating the design for the Macau fight club where Shang-Chi and Katy (Awkwafina) go to find Xialing, concept artist Andrew Kim imagined a fight between Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool and Proxima Midnight (Carrie Coon) in the club's center arena. After fans speculated about why these characters would appear in the film, Kim revealed that neither will be featured in the film and were instead picked as an example of a possible battle for the piece alone.
S.Marantz's artwork gives viewers a disturbing glimpse of what may have been for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings' demonic adversaries. The Soul Eaters were lethal dangers, requiring the Ten Rings and Ta Lo to band together, and Florian Munteanu's Razorfist would even succumb to a Soul Eater in a deleted scene before his destiny was changed in the theatrical edition. S.Marantz's initial concept is a horror-esque creature with more animalistic looks and significantly different forms that would have undoubtedly been a scary menace in the final battle.