When new Shang-Chi concept art featuring Deadpool began circulating social media earlier today, some speculated that the film was intended to be the Merc with a Mouth’s introduction to the MCU. But according to the artist who created the illustrations, that was never the case.
Speaking with IGN, artist Andrew Kim said that when he was concepting the arena, he dropped in Deadpool mostly because the red costume popped nicely against the bluish background.
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“Long story short, and sorry to disappoint, but there was no involvement of Deadpool or Proxima in the early going,” Kim said. “When I was designing the fight club, my PD mentioned to me that we could see other Marvel characters fighting in the ring when we first revealed the scene.
“Deadpool and Proxima were my idea to put in as I thought their dynamic fighting styles could be a perfect fit in the ring like that (you know, they don’t fly) and Deadpool’s red was a nice pop against the bluish background, so part of it was a design choice for this concept painting.”
The fight club scene featured in the art did eventually make it into Shang-Chi, featuring Doctor Strange’s Wong versus The Incredible Hulk’s Abomination instead of the two characters thrown in by Kim.
Kim released the rest of his Shang-Chi concept art on his website, which features other scenes from the film, some of which didn’t make the final cut.
Deadpool in the MCU continues to be a hot topic among fans. A clip featuring Thor: Ragnarok’s Korg with Deadpool quickly went viral, illustrating just how much fans want the character in Marvel’s shared universe. With Patrick Stewart’s Professor X seemingly joining the MCU, it may happen sooner rather than later.
Either way, Shang-Chi is still a pretty good movie, even without Deadpool. You can read our review here.
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer who occasionally remembers to tweet @thelastdinsdale.