A new featurette on Shang-Chi Blu-ray reveals the adorable plush used for Morris on the set. The green prop gave the actors a model to respond to.
Another new featurette Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings showcases the adorable stuffed prop that was used as a placeholder for Morris. Shang-Chi is the 25th feature film to come from Marvel Studios, and as such it was a huge hit at its release in September. The film thrilled audiences with its action and heart, while also setting Simu Liu’s titular character up as a key figure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe moving forward. Shang-Chi is the highest-grossing film of the year on the domestic market with $ 224 million in U.S. box office receipts, and overall, the superhero film has drawn $ 431 million worldwide.
Shang-Chi is one of the most amazing films coming from Marvel Studios as the film shows a number of mythological creatures living in the mysterious city of Ta Lo. One of the most memorable creatures from the film was Morris, a strangely adorable 6-legged faceless fuzzball who appears in the latter half of the film alongside Ben Kingsley’s Trevor Slattery. After the film’s release, Morris instantly melted the hearts of the audience and even received its own Shang-Chi character poster. Now, with the 4k, Blu-ray and DVD release of Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings, fans get an insight into how the character came to life.
A new featurette from Marvel Entertainment on Shang-Chi physical release describes all the work put into bringing the Ta Lo creatures to the big screen. The new video shows how on-set Morris really was a stuffed full-size replica covered in green screen and pinned to the end of a stick. Having the on-set double for Morris gave the actors something to react to in scenes with the lovable little creature, as the greenscreen replica could easily be replaced during post-production. Kingsley even got a little attached to the double and protested that it was replaced by saying he had become fond of it. Watch a clip of the feature right below:
Shang-Chi‘s visual effects supervisor, Christopher Townsend, explains more about Morris in the feature court. Despite his blurred exterior, Townsend states that Morris is based on the god of chaos and confusion. He said: “Morris is based on a Hundun, which is a mythological character believed to be the god of chaos and confusion. And he is this six-legged creature, or rather, he becomes so when we are done with him in visual effects. We used this enclosure as what we call a proxy, which allows actors to touch it and hold it and lift it up and things that give them a prop so they can react to it. “
Morris was already one of the more whimsical aspects of Shang-Chi, but there’s something about watching the little green stuffed version waddle around the set that makes it even more entertaining. The pairing of Morris and Trevor Slattery in the second half of Shang-Chi delivered an excellent comic relief for the film’s epic demon-fighting finale. Although a sequel to the film has not been officially announced, there is no doubt that Marvel will build on the world they introduced in. Shang-Chi. Hopefully, when that time comes, theaters across the globe will once again be adorned with the adorable marvel that is Morris.
More: Shang-Chi: Ta Lo World, Mythology & Creatures Explained
Source: Marvel Entertainment
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