Mortal Kombat Cinematic Universe: A Fan’s Dream Come True?

Anticipation Builds for the New Mortal Kombat Movie

As theaters gradually reopen and April draws near, the excitement for the new Mortal Kombat movie is palpable. If you’re an HBO Max subscriber, you can even watch it from the comfort of your home after catching it on the big screen. I mean, who wouldn’t want to experience Mortal Kombat in all its glory?

It’s been quite some time since we’ve had a Mortal Kombat movie (let’s not mention Annihilation), and the closest thing to a live-action adaptation has been the web series, Mortal Kombat: Legacy. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend giving it a watch. While the CGI may not be top-notch, the actors and action sequences are fantastic.

However, the series left us hanging with no resolution to the epic battle between Liu Kang and Kung Lao. This left me feeling disheartened, fearing that any live-action Mortal Kombat would be stuck in limbo. But now, with the upcoming movie, we gamers have something to look forward to, even if most video game adaptations tend to disappoint.

High Hopes for the Mortal Kombat Reboot

I’ll admit, I can be overly optimistic, but in this case, I genuinely believe the upcoming Mortal Kombat movie will be a game-changer. The trailer alone has me hooked, with its jaw-dropping action, perfectly cast actors, and an electrifying score. I just hope they incorporate the original score from the 1995 movie – that would be the cherry on top.

Let’s indulge our inner fanboys and assume this movie will be a massive success. If so, could we be looking at a trilogy or even a cinematic universe? The director and producers have hinted that if the film is a hit, it could lead to a Mortal Kombat Cinematic Universe. And I say, why not?

Exploring the Vast Mortal Kombat Universe

The Mortal Kombat universe is enormous, with countless realms to explore and a plethora of combatants hailing from each one. The upcoming movie seems to cover the events of the first game, much like the 1995 film. While we’ve seen this story retold several times, it’s a classic tale that launched the franchise and never gets old.

The new movie appears to be shaking things up by introducing a potential new character, Cole Young, and making Sub-Zero the central antagonist. I’m open to fresh ideas and eagerly await the film’s release on April 16 to see if these changes pay off.

Assuming the movie ends with Earthrealm’s heroes defeating Shang Tsung and Goro, the sequel would likely pit them against Outworld’s emperor, Shao Kahn. A third film could then explore the Deadly Alliance or the return of Shinnok, the fallen Elder God. The possibilities are endless, and I’m game for any direction they choose to take.

Creating a Unique Mortal Kombat Cinematic Universe

If we do get a Mortal Kombat Cinematic Universe, the creators should go all out and embrace the elements that made us fall in love with the games. Producer Todd Garner has revealed that they took inspiration from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is a smart move considering its success. However, Mortal Kombat doesn’t need to follow the same formula as Marvel.

Instead of giving each character a solo film, Garner suggests focusing on the characters that fans enjoy playing the most. Introducing new characters is also a great idea, as the games have done so successfully over the years.

Ultimately, a Mortal Kombat Cinematic Universe needs to stay true to the lore and do justice to the characters. If it finds massive success, we could see spin-offs, animated movies or shows, and even game DLCs that continue the story. No matter what direction they take, I’m thrilled to see some bloody Mortal Kombat action return to the screen.

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