From new origins to old rivalries, the latest Mortal Kombat trailer promises to give fans everything they want, and more.
The newly launched Mortal Kombat The trailer makes it clear that the latest installment in the franchise will have everything fans want and more. Despite a top-down reinvention of some of the more fundamental elements, the footage shows that director Simon McQuoid’s film is intended to stay true to the core of the franchise.
These are the most important moments you don’t want to miss.
Jax receives a new origin
In a perfect encapsulation of what appears to be the reboot, the trailer reveals that Jax will receive a new origin, and in the most amazing way possible. Although the super soldier armed with a cyborg is best known for his powerful punches and arrogant attitude, incarnations vary in how he lost those limbs in the first place. The images are not shy, but rather show Sub-Zero freezing Jax’s arms in ghoulish Mortal Kombat style.
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The movie’s setting appears to involve a task force, including Jax, who goes after super-powerful individuals. Sonya Blade leads the briefing, and from Jax’s interaction with Sub-Zero, it’s clear the group may be out of place. Sub-Zero freezes the bullet fired from Jax’s rifle before grabbing his arms. The hero later reappears with his trademark cybernetics in place, although it has yet to be glimpsed if he will have a chance for revenge.
Kombatants get a mark
Many of the details surrounding the Mortal Kombat tournament tend to be murky, and the overall story involves the entire kingdom needing to come together to fight for its survival in an interdimensional battle of good and evil. The film seems to delve into that story head-on, linking it with a mythology that is part of every culture. To further highlight their importance, the Kombatants are marked with a mark that bears the Mortal Kombat logo.
The brand is said to be stamped on the Kombatants at birth. While previous stories had shifting metrics on what qualifies someone to compete in the tournament, it seems the new movie leaves it up to fate, where the wrestlers were chosen years ago.
The origin of the scorpion is recounted
However, not everything the trailer promises is a recreation. When it comes to fan-favorite character Scorpion, the movie sticks to the classics. With his story most recently told last year in animation Revenge of the Scorpion, the franchise revisits the undead ninja obsessed with winning his revenge against Sub-Zero.
The trailer portrays Scorpion prior to his transformation, wielding his identifiable tied kunai as a weapon rather than pulling them out of his hands like in the games. Given what the trailer below shows, it’s clear that Scorpion will adopt his more familiar yellow mask form throughout history. If it’s as gory as the trailer promises, fans won’t be disappointed.
A bigger cast than ever
Perhaps the most curious thing is who are the heroes in the trailer. While the 1995 film focused on the trio of Liu Kang, Sonya Blade, and Johnny Cage, as did most of the recounts (including Revenge of the Scorpion, most recently), the trailer promises a larger band of heroes representing Earth. While Kang and Blade appear to be in league with Raiden, as usual, Cage doesn’t. In their place, they are joined by Kung Lao, Jax, an original character named Cole Young, and robotic-eyed Kano, who in all previous incarnations was a villain.
The villains expand their ranks accordingly, with all too brief appearances of the fanged Mileena, the scaly reptile, the four-armed Goro, the smoky Noob Saibot, the hook-sword Kabal, and of course the big baddie, Shang Tsung. . Most of his appearances are blink moments and you miss it; It is unknown how many of these fights occur in the tournament itself or in Tsung’s efforts to prevent the heroes from interfering with his plans. Either way, watching these characters collide in live action will be absolutely epic.
Sub-Zero vs Scorpion will happen
The trailer saves one of its best moments for its grand finale. Sub-Zero and Scorpion face off in a showdown that dates back to the early days of the franchise. While the two ninjas were hypnotized into an alliance in the 1995 movie, it’s clear that the reboot is returning to their roots as staunch rivals. Over the course of their fight, Sub-Zero wounds Scorpion so badly that he spills blood, which he then freezes into a new weapon.
The moment perfectly embodies a whole Mortal Kombat the movie should have, pairing imaginative gore with adrenaline pumping action, all in the perfect moment of fan service. With Jax probably aiming for his own revenge, it’s hard to say how he will have to line up behind Scorpion, and with so many characters filling the movie, it’s hard to say who will live and who will emerge champion when all is said and done.
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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