If you haven’t seen it yet, then take our word for it – Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is steeped in Chinese mythology. When Simu Liu’s titular hero and his companions enter the ancient village of Ta Lo, the dimension that protects Earth from the Dweller-in-Darkness, audiences are introduced to a host of mystical and mythological creatures. Tony Leung’s 12 best movies, before Marvel – from 2046 to Infernal Affairs These include phoenixes, lion-like creatures, strange-looking horses and a fox with nine tails. According to Marvel chief Kevin Feige, these fantastical additions (new to the MCU) led some audiences to think there were Pokémon in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings . In an interview with Collider, Feige said: “The only thing that’s surprised me in early reactions, and I don’t know if this has been online, but it was in some of the early screenings, a lot of the reference points … Some people think there are a couple of Pokémon characters in there.” He continued: “They’re not Pokémon characters, but they are inspired by similar things, I guess, which took me by surprise.” How is Shang-Chi star Simu Liu fighting for Asian representation in US cinema? Both the Shang-Chi creatures and the Pokémon Ninetales were based off of a mythological Chinese creature called huli jing . Huli jing are nine-tailed fox spirits that were first described in an ancient Chinese text called the Classic of Mountain and Sea , which is at least 2,000 years old. In the text, huli jing are described as shape-shifting spirits who eat men and have cries that sound like babies. They make a brief appearance in Shang-Chi but seem much more benevolent than their man-devouring origins. Incidentally, it also looks remarkably like the Pokémon called Ninetales, a Fire-type Pokémon with yellow fur and nine tails. The Shang-Chi creatures specifically appear very similar to the white-furred, shiny versions of Ninetales that can be found in Pokémon Red and Blue and Pokémon Sword and Shield . Ninetales was also based off of the huli jing creatures, so their comparisons to the Shang-Chi creatures make sense. Remembering stuntman Brad Allan, Jackie Chan’s protégé and martial arts actor in Shang-Chi Several other creatures that can be seen in Shang-Chi are based off of mythological creatures that can be found in the Classic of Mountain and Sea , including Morris. Production designer Sue Chan previously confirmed that Morris and fellow members of his species are based off of dijiangs , which are faceless creatures with six legs and wings. In the movie, Morris is Trevor Slattery’s companion and is actually voiced by legendary voice-actor Dee Bradley Baker. This article originally appeared on Business Insider.