MORTAL KOMBAT 2: Better Than The Reboot?
News: Upcoming Sequel Sounds Much More Promising
Mortal Kombat 2 is still a while away, but it’s already clear that the upcoming sequel sounds much better than the 2021 Mortal Kombat reboot.
News regarding Mortal Kombat 2 is finally starting to come out, and the sequel already sounds so much better than the 2021 reboot. The 2021 Mortal Kombat movie launched the most recent live-action Mortal Kombat movie franchise, with it attempting to set up a saga that consists of multiple movies, with each one set to introduce even more characters and lore from the Mortal Kombat video games. While the 2021 Mortal Kombat movie was a success, it did have some problems, but Mortal Kombat 2 is gearing up to take the franchise in a much more positive direction.
Mortal Kombat 2‘s New Characters Mean It Is Using More Of The Games’ Lore
Mortal Kombat 2 is introducing several new characters, signaling that the upcoming sequel will be using even more of the lore from the video games. Karl Urban’s Johnny Cage will debut in Mortal Kombat 2, paying off the tease from the end of the first film, although he isn’t the only new addition to the roster. Jade, Kitana, Kahn, Quan Chi, King Jerrod, and Queen Sindel will be appearing for the first time in the reboot series, with these characters presumably fighting alongside the cast from the first film, including characters like Cole Young, Sonya Blade, and more.
The introductions of these new characters in Mortal Kombat 2 means that the sequel will be tying in all of their stories, which is cause for excitement for fans of the original games. The 2021 Mortal Kombat reboot did have some of the franchise’s most iconic characters, but the cast was pretty small compared to the rosters of some of the more recent Mortal Kombat games. Bringing this new batch of characters in will finally allow fans to see these beloved Mortal Kombat icons in live-action, with their stories playing out throughout the sequel.
Mortal Kombat 2 Won’t Have To Spend Time Introducing Earthrealm’s Champions
One of the best aspects of Mortal Kombat 2 is that the film won’t have to spend time introducing Earthrealm’s champions, allowing more time for the main story as well as gory fight sequences. In the Mortal Kombat Movies, Earthrealm is the aptly-named realm that consists of Earth, with the Outworld hoping to conquer it by beating it in a tenth Mortal Kombat tournament. In the first film, Liu Kang and Kung Lao are the champions of Earthrealm, although Cole Young becomes one by the end of the film.
The gang is headed off to find Johnny Cage and train more champions for Earthrealm at the end of Mortal Kombat 2021, meaning that some new champions will appear in the sequel. However, all of Earthrealm’s main champions were already main characters in the 2021 film, meaning that the sequel won’t have to worry about setting them all up again. Johnny Cage will have to be developed, but this seems to be part of the main story of Mortal Kombat 2, with this being a much better option than taking time out of the story to set up insignificant champions.
Mortal Kombat 2 Knows What Didn’t Work About The 2021 Reboot
The recent updates about Mortal Kombat 2 are a good thing, as they show that the sequel knows what didn’t work about the 2021 reboot. One of the main criticisms of Mortal Kombat 2021 was the film’s lack of characters, with only a few picks from the franchise’s massive roster of characters appearing. Six new characters have already been announced to appear in Mortal Kombat 2, and there will undoubtedly be other surprising additions and cameos throughout the film.
On top of that, the story setup of Mortal Kombat 2 shows that the film’s narrative will most likely be a lot less convoluted. While it will contain more of the lore from the games, the characters are already all together and the threat has already been established, meaning that the sequel should hit the ground running. There are still a lot of questions surrounding Mortal Kombat 2, but the news has all been good signs so far.
Mortal Kombat 2‘s Returning Character Continues One Of The Games’ Oldest Trends
Death doesn’t mean much in the Mortal Kombat universe, and one Earthrealm champion who has become used to dying and coming back will do so again. Mortal Kombat 2‘s returning character continues one classic trope from the video games and other MK adaptations. 2021’s Mortal Kombat reboot combined elements of the original game with portions of the rebooted MK timeline, resulting in a unique lineup of characters that set it apart from previous films.
Considering how popular Scorpion and Sub-Zero have become since the first two live-action Mortal Kombat films were released, it is no surprise that the 2021 movie heavily focused on them and not on Liu Kang. Still, both Liu Kang and Kung Lao played important roles in the story.
Kung Lao Will Be In Mortal Kombat 2 (Despite Being Killed By Shang Tsung)
Kung Lao will return in Mortal Kombat 2, with actor Max Huang reprising his role for the sequel. Huang recently shared a photo with the Mortal Kombat 2 cast following the announcement that the Mortal Kombat sequel wrapped filming. This may seem surprising at first considering Kung Lao died in the first movie after having his soul absorbed by Shang Tsung. However, when it comes to MK, Kung Lao dying and coming back is nothing new.
In fact, Kung Lao being the first important character to die in the movie is quite game-accurate. Although death does not mean much in the Mortal Kombat universe, especially after the franchise introduced time travel and alternate timelines, Kung Lao has a particular reputation for dying way too often. The character has been killed by Shang Tsung or Shao Kahn multiple times now, from having his soul stolen from his body to having his neck snapped.
Kung Lao Will Probably Be A Villain In Mortal Kombat 2
Considering Kung Lao is returning in Mortal Kombat 2, it’s safe to say he will be reintroduced as an antagonist, most likely working under Quan Chi and/or Shang Tsung. Quan Chi is one of the Mortal Kombat game characters who will make their live-action debut in the upcoming sequel, and he has a history of bringing people back from the dead as evil spirits who end up serving him. Not only is Quan Chi behind the returns of Hanzo and Bi-Han depending on the story, but he has also brought Kung Lao back as an evil entity fighting for Netherrealm.
Assuming there will be a tournament in Mortal Kombat 2, the film could see Liu Kang fighting Kung Lao in a rather emotional match. Other dead characters that are returning include Kano and Sub-Zero, and it could all be tied to the introduction of Quan Chi and Netherrealm.
Karl Urban Celebrates ‘Mortal Kombat 2’s Filming Wrap in New Set Image
Karl Urban Celebrates ‘Mortal Kombat 2’s Wrap in New Set ImageA new set image from Mortal Kombat 2 sees star Karl Urban celebrating the film’s wrap on shooting.
Fans of the Mortal Kombat universe have long since craved a modern, bloody, R-rated action film set in their world, and in a 2021 feature, Mortal Kombat, they got their wish. Earlier in the week, it was revealed that principal photography on the eagerly-awaited sequel, Mortal Kombat 2, had officially wrapped. Now, Karl Urban, who has joined the sequel as Johnny Cage, has shared a new photo of himself from the set, from what looks like his final day of production.
Though not in costume, the photo features a smiling Urban posing with MK2 branding alongside the name “Johnny Cage.” The photo also hints presumably to what Johnny Cage might appear in the film, with Urban’s hairstyle and facial hair looking quite similar to that spotted by the video game character. “That’s a picture wrap for me & Johnny Cage on Mortal Kombat 2!” the actor wrote in the caption of the Instagram post. “Massive thanks to our incredible crew, cast and phenomenal stunt team. Hands down the most action packed fun