Mortal Kombat mild spoilers follow.
Mortal Kombat is out now (in the United States at least) and it's had some solid reviews. As you might expect from a blockbuster film released in 2021, there are a few things in there that hint towards future entries.
Lots of character meet grisly ends in the film. But in the finale, we see one of them brought back to life, while another iconic MK character is glimpsed on a poster in the last shot.
Director Simon McQuoid told Variety that he hopes these scenes find a balance between teasing a sequel and being cute nods to fans in case a follow-up never happens.
"Sequels are a bit tricky because you can’t totally ignore them, because that wouldn’t be a smart move, but none of us used the 's-word'," he said. "We’d never talk about it in any depth whatsoever because we feel like we have to put all our energy into this film.
"That being said, if the fans want another one, that’s not for us to decide; that’s for the fans to decide. Then, we need a couple of joiner pieces that we know can lead us somewhere because there’s a treasure trove of stuff that’s just sitting there."
The character in the aforementioned poster is none other than Johnny Cage, who is otherwise absent from the film. The reason for that being that he is "such a giant personality that he almost has his own gravitational field," explained McQuoid. "The feeling was that he would throw it out of balance slightly.
"I get asked about Kitana just as much as Johnny Cage. There’s a lot of interesting characters, story and material to work with... If we do get to that, and I’m not saying we will, I’m just saying if — big 'if' — then we’ll go down that path.
Another aspect that McQuoid would like to expand on in a potential sequel is including a more inclusive cast of fighters: "I guess I’d like to shift (a sequel) to be a little more female. There are some fantastic female characters in Mortal Kombat. And I think we can bring balance there, to a better extent.
"I’ve been so busy trying to calibrate this ensemble that I haven’t thought too much about any others beyond just understanding who people really love, who gets talked about a lot and who are really interesting characters."
Going back to that resurrection, McQuoid pointed to the lore of games, stating that "the experience of death informs who (the characters) become" and he wants to lean into that in the future.
Meanwhile, the film's writer Greg Russo has fingers in a lot of video game pies and has been teasing his big-screen Space Invaders adaptation.
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