How The Mortal Kombat 2021’s Character Roster Was Chosen

Mortal Kombat 2021 manager Simon McQuoid explains the thinking behind the flick's individuality schedule, including why new person Cole Young was consisted of.

Mortal Kombat 2021 manager Simon McQuoid explains the thinking behind the flick's largely ageless individuality schedule, along with why new individuality Cole Young was consisted of. The new flick change of the ageless video game collection acquires released on HBO Max on April 16, a lot less than a month away presently. The preliminary Mortal Kombat trailer, which beat Logan as well as likewise Deadpool 2 for views, revealed not simply a bloody as well as likewise awful approach to the action which lines up perfectly with the games, but likewise a mostly classic lineup of fighters.

With the likes of Jax, Sonya Blade, Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Kung Lao, Kano, Raiden, Mileena, Kabal, Shang Tsung, Goro, as well as also even Raiden seen in the footage, it's clear McQuoid and the rest of the creative team have drawn from the original well of characters for the movie. But despite this, fans were outraged that Mortal Kombat seems to follow a new character, Cole Young, and has left out one of the most popular original characters – Johnny Cage. There are multiple theories about who Cole Young really is, and how he could be connected to a classic character, though, and McQuoid hints at that in a new interview, while also explaining how the character rosters was decided on.

Speaking in a roundtable interview a month ahead of Mortal Kombat's release, McQuoid digs into the rationale behind the character roster. He says while they knew almost from the start that it needed to be the “classic set,” singling out Max Huang's Kung Lao as an example, McQuoid also admits there needed to be some new characters. Teasing a hidden backstory, McQuoid says the filmmakers felt confident adding the likes of new character Cole Young as a new character, partly because the game series constantly adds new characters. He also explains that it was also needed to let new audiences in at the same time, revealing Young will be an audience surrogate into the Mortal Kombat universe. You can read his full comments below:

Including the classic roster of characters makes a lot of sense, and you can see the rationale behind using Cole Young as a type of audience surrogate to introduce this Mortal Kombat universe. It works for both new audiences, and serves to clarify just how the movie treats the Mortal Kombat tournament to long-time fans of the video video games. Whether that's enough to satisfy fans who made Johnny Cage trend online after his absence from the trailer remains to be seen.

One thing is for sure, though. With a line up of characters who have been part of the universe since the mid-1990s, there should be enough to keep even most die-hard fans happy. That is, of course, if Mortal Kombat 2021 is actually a good movie. There's a lot to live up to, as well as it seems as though McQuoid and the group are well aware of the legacy of the universe, however it's less clear whether they'll be able to meet the lofty expectations of the video game's numerous fans.

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