Mortal Kombat killed two fighters prematurely, but the lore of the game may provide a way for them to return in future sequels.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Mortal Kombat., now in theaters and airing on HBO Max.
The most recent Mortal Kombat The film has brought the best moments of the ultraviolent fighting game to life in all their gory glory. When the heroes of Earthrealm took on Shang Tsung’s small collection of foes, fans got to see some jaw-dropping deaths on the big screen. Two classic characters from the series, Kano (Josh Lawson) and Mileena (Sisi Stringer), met their end at the hands of Sonya Blade (Jessica McNamee). Since these fighters are an integral part of the game’s history, it was strange that they were killed even before the first tournament started. But video games also provide an answer to how they might return for a sequel.
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In the movie, Sonya killed Kano by stabbing him in the eye, the same eye from which she could fire her iconic laser beam. Fatality killed him instantly and in the real world, this death offers no chance of resurgence. But in Mortal Kombat, death is impermanent. In games, Kano’s abilities came from a cybernetic heart and head implant that allowed him to fire his laser beam. The movies could borrow this idea to bring Kano back from the dead and replace his laser beam ability.
To do so, his organization of thugs and assassins, the Black Dragons, must find his body and adapt it with the cybernetics necessary to survive, similar to how Kano saved Kabal by putting him on a respirator. Since he lost his mark in the first movie, Kano was not allowed to compete in the tournament, but he could help Shang Tsung and Outworld, replacing Kabal as their new mercenary. Kano’s return could continue the classic rivalry he shared with Sonya Blade in the games and deliver even funnier lines for the audience.
When Sonya received her mark from Kano, she immediately activated her inner power, or arcana. The ability to fire sonic rings from his forearms was a move created by wrist gauntlets in games. In the movie, they act as her unique power, which she used to blow a hole in Mileena’s chest. Mileena is Kitana’s rival in Mortal Kombat and was cloned from the Princess of Edenia at the behest of Outworld’s warlord, Shao Kahn. Mileena has all the skill of Kitana, as well as the bloodthirsty savagery of Tarkatans like Baraka, hence her sharp teeth.
While Mileena was powerful, Shang Tsung made sure there was more than one available for Shao Kahn, should he fall in battle. Following the same story from the games, Shang Tsung just has to wake up another clone of the warrior. Although the explanation is simple, it has the potential to open the door for Kitana’s arrival and rivalry with her “sister.”
Mortal Kombat shows that even if your best characters die, there is always a way to bring them back for more battles. Kano was one of the movie’s fan favorites that many would love to see more of in future installments. On the other hand, Mileena showed great promise despite the fact that her scenes were brief and her growth potential demands that she return for another movie. Fortunately, the solution to their resurrections can be found in the games that featured them.
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 already in theaters and airs on HBO Max.
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