While Mortal Kombat (2021) tells a full story, there’s a lot left in the franchise to explore in the sequels, and that’s how the ending sets it up.

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Mortal Kombat., now in theaters and airing on HBO Max.

Weather Mortal Kombat Director Simon McQuoid may have focused on presenting the film as a standalone story rather than actively working to establish potential sequels and spin-offs, the new film certainly leaves plenty of room to explore in the expansive universe of the classic video game. And how Mortal Kombat roars to a blood-soaked ending, with the warriors of Earthrealm and Outworld going head-to-head, there is a definite sense that the fight for the fate of these two worlds is just beginning.

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The villain Shang Tsung attempted to end the martial arts tournament between the two worlds before it began, attacking Raiden’s temple to take down the Earthrealm champions and make Earth susceptible to conquest. While the defeated Shang Tsung is banished back to Outworld by Raiden, he vows to return in strength to renew his aspirations to conquer Earthrealm, hinting at the possibility of even more Outworld warriors entering the mix, including Shang Tsung’s master in Shao Kahn video games. . And it’s this challenge that sets the stage for other fan-favorite characters to enter the story.

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After saving his family from Sub-Zero, protagonist Cole Young set out to recruit new warriors to join the Earthrealm champions for the inevitable rematch. The movie closes with a shot of a poster starring Johnny Cage, with Cole heading to Hollywood to presumably recruit the action star for the fight of his life. And while Scorpion is going to unknown places after being awakened by his descendant Cole through his ancient kunai, there is always the possibility that the fiery ninja will return and fight alongside his family once more.

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And the forces of Outworld are not likely to simply accept defeat. Shang Tsung faces humiliation for losing his champions to Earthrealm, including Prince Goro to an upstart fighter like Cole. With the death of Bi-Han, the original Sub-Zero, his younger brother Kuai Liang will hunger for revenge against Scorpion, echoing the character’s role in the video game. Mortal Kombat II. And although Bi-Han may have been burned to ashes by Scorpion at the end of the climactic battle, the sorcerer Quan Chi could raise him from the grave as the undead Noob Saibot, with Bi-Han bloodthirsty and ready to avenge. his own death. .

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Screenwriter Greg Russo envisioned that his adaptation of the video game series would unfold over the course of a movie trilogy, and there are enough plot threads to follow to make this vision a reality. Cole’s story is just beginning and there are many other realms to visit and explore as the conflict between Earthrealm and Outworld is only about to get bigger and bloodier. And with Mortal Kombat already doing well at the international box office, those sequel dreams may come true.

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 is now in theaters and available to stream on HBO Max.

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