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Breaking Down The First Trailer For The New Mortal Kombat Film

The first trailer for the new Mortal Kombat film has arrived!
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It's finally here! The very first look at the brand new Mortal Kombat film reboot has arrived in bloody fashion. Below is the announcement from the official Twitter page of the Mortal Kombat movie.

First thing's first is WOW! This is a proper Mortal Kombat reboot. After decades of wishes and hope, this franchise is finally getting the direction it deserves.


Obviously, the majority of major characters are making appearances in this film, such as Raiden, Kung Lao, Liu Kang, Sonya Blade, Jax, Shang Tsung, Scorpion, Sub-Zero, and many others.

It's worth pointing out several key features in this trailer. Sub-Zero is clearly the villain, at least to start with. He and Hanzo Hasashi, a.k.a. Scorpion, do not get along. This stays true to the games moreso than the '90s film depicted the two ninjas as both being under the employment of Shang Tsung. They fight to the death at the end of this trailer and it's going to be a wild fight considering Sub-Zero's usage of ice weapons, as seen below.


This film will also utilize the ultra-popular feature from recent games such as Mortal Kombat 10 and 11 of surroundings manipulation. Sub-Zero throws Scorpion through an ice wall that he conjures out of nowhere.


How Jax Loses His Arms

The very beginning of the trailer shows Sub-Zero freezing and destroying Jax's arms! Obviously, this paves the way for Jax to get his metal arms and act a little more "punchy".

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This will likely happen early on in the film and set forth the majority of the plotline. Sonya and Jax hunting down Sub-Zero while of course not forgetting Kano. Perhaps Kano and Sub-Zero are working together.

The Return of Goro

That's right, the four-armed prince has returned to the big screen to wreak havoc and break sunglasses!


Is he fighting Johnny Cage there? We can't quite tell, but regardless, Goro's presence is always welcome in Mortal Kombat even if he looks like a Chuck E Cheese animatronic reject. Thank you, 1995 CGI.

The Emperor

It's only shown for a brief moment, but the emperor Shao Kahn is part of this universe. He may only be a background character who's pulling the strings like Thanos in the first Avengers film. However, if this film does well -- and based on the first trailer it likely will -- the sequel will have Shao Kahn planning a full invasion into Earth-realm.


Abilities and Fatalities

Finally, some of the most iconic elements of the Mortal Kombat games are the blood, guts, gore, abilities, and fatalities. Below you can see Liu Kang's fire-dragon fatality take flight and it looks absolutely epic!


This film is set to premiere on April 16th in theatres and on HBO Max. I'm extremely excited for this as it appears the filmmakers are finally doing justice to a game series that deserves the proper brutality.