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Mortal Kombat ending defined: 2021 film’s sequel teases and cameos


The ending might trace at Sub-Zero’s future.

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Mortal Kombat, on HBO Max and in theaters, introduces us to new fighter Cole Younger as he flees icy ninja Sub-Zero and groups up with some klassic characters from the video games. The film comes nearly 24 years after the long-lasting sequence’ final cinematic outing, and improves on that in each manner. 

Together with the extreme fights, fatalities and Easter eggs, we get just a few tantalizing hints of potential sequel plot strains. Let’s check out what occurs on the finish of the film and what it would imply for a potential sequel.

Warning, SPOILERS coming at you want a jet of flames from an undead ninja’s cranium.

Hints of resurrection

After Scorpion takes fiery vengeance on Sub-Zero following their epic confrontation, Cole’s household is rescued and Shang Tsung’s plan to invade Earthrealm is foiled. The marginally miffed baddy confronts Raiden and friends.

“Demise is simply one other portal,” says Shang Tsung as he teleports Sub-Zero’s charred corpse and Goro’s sliced-up physique away, hinting that they will be again.

Noob Saibot is Sub-Zero reborn, however meaner and shadowier.

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Within the video games, demise is a little bit of a revolving door since well-liked fighters have usually been killed and returned later within the sequence. Sub-Zero is a first-rate instance — the unique, Bi-Han, was killed by Scorpion after the primary recreation in 1992. His brother, Kuai Liang, took over the function and is Sub-Zero in each recreation from 1993’s Mortal Kombat 2 onward.

Nonetheless, Bi-Han wasn’t gone. The slain Lin Kuei ninja was resurrected by Quan Chi (the identical sorcerer who introduced Scorpion again) and reworked into shadowy villain Noob Saibot, who first appeared in Mortal Kombat 2. The Sub-Zero we see within the film is Bi-Han, so it is seemingly his return will play out equally in a film sequel.

His title is a reference to sequence creators Ed Boon and John Tobias — it is their surnames spelled backward. Each lean into it with their Twitter handles, @noobde and @therealsaibot.

Goro’s return is simpler. He was believed killed through the first recreation, however confirmed up once more in 1997’s Mortal Kombat 4. He is simply too iconic to remain lifeless.

Goro’s combat with Cole did not finish properly for the Shokan warrior.

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Within the film, Shang Tsung additionally implies that he has a lot extra goons ready within the wings (hopefully they will get extra likelihood to show personalities).

“Subsequent time I see you, I can’t convey fighters. I’ll convey armies,” he warns, earlier than teleporting away just like the kowardly meanie he’s.

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Entering into the Cage

Raiden tells Cole, Sonya Blade, Jax and Liu Kang they’ve to trace down new champions.

“Who’s first?” says Cole.

The film’s ultimate second sees him heading to Hollywood to search out Johnny Cage, and we see a poster for Citizen Cage: Battle to your Rights (which positive seems like Oscar materials to me). The actor and martial artist is not seen on the poster — as a result of he hasn’t but been solid — however we catch sight of his cheesy “Cage” belt.

Johnny Cage’s ego was too huge for the film.

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Johnny is among the recreation sequence’ main recurring characters, having proven up in most entries for the reason that authentic. He performed an enormous function within the 1995 film however did not seem within the 2021 movie as a result of he chews surroundings a bit of too equally to Kano, in accordance with producer Todd Garner.

“The rationale we held again Johnny Cage is he’s a really egotistical man. He is a scoundrel. He is humorous. He is greater than life … and so is Kano,” Garner stated throughout a March press occasion “So that you go, ‘All proper, are we simply gonna have two guys competing to out-funny one another and out-ego one another on this film? Or do you maintain Johnny Cage again?'”

Since Kano is killed with a gnome to the attention, that will not be a problem if this film will get a sequel. Johnny married Sonya within the video games, and their daughter Cassie joined the roster in 2015’s Mortal Kombat X.

Return to Kombat?

Regardless of all this setup, a sequel hasn’t but been confirmed — it will depend upon this film’s success. Throughout the March press occasion, Garner expressed hope that individuals will like it sufficient that they will be capable of convey extra the video games’ gloriously difficult lore to the large display screen, Marvel Cinematic Universe-style.

Within the video games, Shang Tsung is the one the primary villain our heroes face. He is working for Outworld ruler Shao Kahn, who’s the Emperor Palpatine to Shang Tsung’s Darth Vader. Shao Kahn is not even talked about within the new film, solely seen in a mural and in statue kind, so there’s some flexibility in how they’ll implement him.

Past these Outworld baddies, loads of different realms and villains have been launched within the sequence’ 29-year historical past. If this film does properly, you’d higher prepare to check your would possibly towards one other huge cinematic universe.

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