Shang-Chi: Legend of the 10 Rings features a variety of classical Chinese mythical creatures. However I did not recognise the antagonist "soul sucker" creatures.

I have no example images, but they resemble (ethereal) tentacled bat demons. Are they based off of authentic creatures from Chinese mythology? If so, what is their inspiration?

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They come not from Chinese mythology but from Marvel Comics. They are the spawn of the Dweller-in-Darkness, who was first seen in Doctor Strange #30.

Image of Dweller-in-Darkness confronting Dr. Strange

The director identified the character in an interview with Indiewire.

We wanted to make sure that the Great Protector represented peace and tranquility and the Dweller in Darkness — which I don’t even consider a dragon — was the manifestation of evil

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