Fans were excited to see the Mortal Kombat trailer drop on Thursday, but the lack of Johnny Cage has left many disappointed. In the trailer, we get a look at many of the characters adapted from the film like Sub-Zero, Sonya Blade, Liu Kang, and Scorpion. Because the Shadow Kick master was nowhere in sight, many fans of the games flocked to social media to ask what happened to Johnny Cage.
“My only problem is that my son Johnny Cage is not in it,” writes a fan on Twitter in response to the trailer.
“But what about the lack of Johnny Cage?” another fan laments. “Even though I still love all the characters they have and am still raving about, I love my glowing comic relief boy.”
A tweet from another disappointed fan reads: “I’m here for this hahaha, but I’m not happy they removed Johnny Cage and replaced him with a new character named Cole. Why? D:”
Another angry fan writes, “Where the hell is Johnny Cage? Argh, why is he always my favorite character ?! (I’m looking at you MCU peeps, still waiting for my Gambit movie)”.
Realizing Johnny Cage was all the rage, WWE Superstar The Miz even joined in on the fun by putting his name on the hat to play the character in the sequel. On Twitter, the former WWE Champion and star of The Marine 4-6 writes: “I appreciate all the love from Johnny Cage. #MortalKombat talks to my agent.”
Despite his absence, fans shouldn’t give up hope to see Johnny appear in the movie. In 2019, Greg Russo wrote on Twitter that there were “big plans for JC” adding that he “can’t say much more than that.” This suggests that the character will somehow play through the story in a meaningful way, even if he has limited screen time. Perhaps it will appear near the end, or even in a post-credits scene, to help prepare for the inevitable sequel?
Other fans predict that Johnny Cage actually is in the trailer, it’s just not called that yet. One of the main actors, Lewis Tan, plays an original character by the name of Cole Young, a wrestler who does not appear in video games. Many fans speculate that Cole could be revealed as Johnny Cage in a twist. Maybe he’ll end up going to Hollywood after the events of the movie where he starts using “Johnny Cage” as a stage name? It’s certainly quite possible, as many on Twitter point out.
“#JohnnyCage, come on people, he’s obviously cole. Cole is a caged fighter! Johnny Cage is cole,” says one person.
Mortal Kombat is directed by Simon McQuoid and written by Greg Russo and Dave Callaham. With or without Johnny Cage, the trailer is generating a lot of excitement among fans. To see Scorpion, Kano, Raiden, Jax, Sonya, Liu Kang, Sub-Zero, and the rest of the lucky ones to make it to the new movie, you can watch Mortal Kombat when it opens in theaters and on HBO Max on April 16, 2021.
Topics: Mortal Kombat