The Simon McQuoid-directed Mortal Kombat movie could potentially be just the beginning of a cinematic franchise. There's a lot more lore from the popular video game franchise potential sequels could adapt, and there's a huge fanbase for it, so although Warner Bros. hasn't officially confirmed a sequel in the works for the 2021 Mortal Kombat movie, there's a lot of reasons why the studio should expand the cinematic franchise.
The 1995 Mortal Kombat film was followed by a sequel titled Mortal Kombat: Annhilation, so with the 2021 film already looking more brutally beautiful, it would be crazy not to aim for a sequel.
In our exclusive interview with director Simon McQuoid, he talked about what it would take for a sequel to happen.
“It’s hard to answer that question because throughout this whole process none of us ever talked about a sequel," McQuoid told EpicStream. "It’s not something we talked about. If people start talking about it, I would tell them to stop talking about it because it’s not really for us to decide whether we’re gonna get a sequel. It’s really for the audience to tell us. If people like the film, then great, we’ll start working on that. Obviously, there’s a lot of source material to work with and there’s a lot of characters. I can’t give you a specific answer to that cause it’s not something we spent a lot of time thinking about. We said, let’s do our best to get this as good as we can and knowing there’s places we can go.”
It looks like director Simon McQuoid is already working towards making Mortal Kombat a bigger cinematic franchise, and a huge indication of where the sequel could go has already been teased within the trailer.
But before get to that, here's the trailer to help refresh your memory:
While it is purely speculation, there may be material that can be considered spoilers, so if you don't want to know why this major tease is important, you may want to read something else, like our exclusive interview with Joe Taslim.
In the Mortal Kombat trailer, there's a massive statue that appears, and it looks like iit depicts a masked hulking character with a warhammer. It looks like that figure is Shao Kahn.
First appearing in the Mortal Kombat II (1993), Shao Kahn is a powerful tyrant of the Outworld thron, and he's the primary antagonist of the Mortal Kombat franchise. Ultimately, he wants to conquer all realms, including Earth. The villain was also featured in Paul W.S. Anderson’s Mortal Kombat 1995 film. Shao Kahn also has personal ties with someone we've already seen in the 2021 film. Mileena (played by Sisi Stringer) is the evil clone of Shao Kahn’s daughter, Kitana, but it's still unclear if the film canon will follow that path.
According to the lore of Mortal Kombat, Shao Kahn is a more powerful threat than Shang Tsung (Chin Han). Since conquering the Earthrealm is his main goal throughout the entire video game franchise, it's likely that he will become the primary villain of the potential sequel.
Mortal Kombat is scheduled to release in theaters and HBO Max on April 23, 2021. Make sure to check out how to watch it online here.