‘Shang-Chi’ toned down ending, ditched early designs for family approach

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2022) could have had a darker ending sequence with Ta-Lo’s soul-eating demonic creatures.

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Simu Liu made big strides in the MCU by appearing as Marvel’s first Asian superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Like any other Marvel movie, there were a lot of cool moments cut from the film.

At one point, the film almost included Deadpool’s fights in Xialing’s Fight Club, but Marvel decided to wait another few years before introducing MCU fans to Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool. After seeing some new concept art for the movie, it looks like Shang Chi had a darker tone for the final battle sequence.

Tony Leung as Mandarin Wenwu
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One of the film’s concept artists, Jerad S. Marantz has released some of his artwork for fans to view. He described his design process for the soul-eating demons we see fighting Shang-Chi in Ta Lo and it seems like they were almost more sinister and terrifying in the early stages:

I had to do a lot of #creature exploration for the #shangchi demons. I love working this way. I can generate a lot of ideas using this simple technique. I’m really roughing up a creature’s silhouette and then giving it to #procreate to do all the line work. The color work is done with an overlay layer in #photoshop. Excellent brainstorming technique.

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While this design is super cool, Marvel probably didn’t want to scare off the kids who would go watch this movie. With Shang Chi being a big step for Marvel in having its first Asian superhero, it would make sense for them to prioritize a more family friendly movie over letting the demons be terrifying.

This made it easy for families to watch the movie since COVID was still a factor for some families when it came to seeing the movie in theaters. At the end, Shang Chi did well at the box office, and Marvel fans were happy with how the movie turned out, but hopefully the sequel doesn’t drop any more terrifying concept art.

Shang Chi fights between the Dweller-In-Darkness and the Great Protector.
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