Following the release of the first Mortal Kombat trailer, certain clues point to the idea that Cole Young is actually the son of a key warrior.
Following the release of the first trailer for the R-rated Mortal Kombat reboot, fans have been searching for clues as to what other fighters might be involved. However, while it’s great to see so many classic warriors from the iconic video game appear, such as Liu Kang, Scorpion, and Sub-Zero, there is also great interest in the character at the heart of the story: Cole Young (Lewis Tan).
Cole is an MMA fighter destined to fight in the tournament to determine the fate of all kingdoms, but while he appears to be an original character, that could be misdirection. Given the subtle clues in the trailer, it could be that Cole is actually Scorpion’s son and the next in line to be the specter.
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In the early stages, the trailer reveals Cole’s branding with the MK symbol on his chest, a brand of warriors destined to participate in the Shang Tsung competition. But as Jax talks to him about his choice, the franchise’s newest main character sports yellow bands on his hands, something that has been known to appear on Scorpion’s outfit. Later, when Cole looks at himself in the mirror, a fiery apparition of Hanzo Hasashi / Scorpion appears, further suggesting that there is a connection between them.
In the games, Scorpion has a son who was killed as part of Quan-Chi’s plan to turn Hanzo into a returnee, and this trailer suggests that Hanzo may suffer the same fate. However, without any confirmation that Sub-Zero is targeting Scorpion’s family, there are other options as to Cole’s identity, including that the boy was in hiding, probably by mystical means, and is not the same character as the ones. games. Either way, Cole’s identity will likely explain why Hanzo keeps tracking him. Hanzo is said to be from feudal Japan, but that could also be misdirection to hide how old Cole and Hanzo are. In truth, there are many reasons why the boy might have been in hiding, especially since he is destined to free the kingdoms and break the Emperor’s cycle.
Having Cole as Scorpion’s son would also explain why Shang Tsung wants Cole dead and Sub-Zero is vehemently pursuing him, as the ninja would want to extinguish the Shirai Ryu clan once and for all. Sure, it would be an interesting and bold approach for Hanzo to pass the mantle, but it makes more sense for his son to inherit it. It would also be a poetic choice because Hanzo cared for Kenshi’s son Takeda in MKX, which means finding Cole could bring a much-needed closure.
In truth, this scenario could give the franchise a new hero to explore and shape future stories. Someone needs to bring down the Shao Kahn empire building, and who better than the son of the most formidable warrior in the franchise.
Directed by Simon McQuoid and produced by James Wan, Mortal Kombat stars Lewis Tan as Cole Young; Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade; Josh Lawson as Kano; Tadanobu Asano as Lord Raiden; Mehcad Brooks as Jackson “Jax” Bridges; Ludi Lin as Liu Kang; Chin Han as Shang Tsung; Joe Taslim as Bi-Han and Sub-Zero; Hiroyuki Sanada as Hanzo Hasashi and Scorpion; Max Huang as Kung Lao; Sisi Stringer as Mileena; Matilda Kimber as Emily Young; and Laura Brent as Allison Young. The film hits theaters and at HBO Max on April 16.
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