How Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge Sets Up a Sequel

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge.

Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge ends on a high-octane note as Scorpion forfeits the tournament final, making Liu Kang the victor. After being duped into murdering Sub-Zero, the wraith formerly known as Hanzo Hasashi slays the real perpetrator, Quan Chi, as Shang Tsung’s island collapses. However, as Raiden and Earthrealm’s warriors — Liu Kang, Sonya Blade, Jax and Johnny Cage — escape, the Thunder God reveals Shao Kahn’s threat is still looming.

With that in mind, let’s look at how a sequel has been set up following Shang Tsung’s return to his master.

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Shang Tsung’s plan for a tenth tournament win failed when Scorpion killed Goro and gifted the title to Liu Kang. The film ends with Shao Kahn beating up the sorcerer, making it clear invasion is on his mind. The emperor orders Shang Tsung to gather his forces to battle Raiden’s armies, so a follow-up will see Outworld’s legion attacking. This coalition will most likely include Baraka’s Tarkatans, Mileena and the Edenians, as well as Goro’s brethren, such as Kintaro and Sheeva, coming for revenge. It’ll be interesting to see how the Elder Gods allow this to happen, as well as Outworld’s resistance in the likes of Kotal Kahn.

Sonya and Cage were ambushed by Kano’s forces, the Black Dragons, on the island. Shang Tsung paid them off and with Kano dead, they could be hired again in Earthrealm under new leadership. Kabal is likely to take charge, with soldiers like Jarek, Kobra, and Kira likely to lead the ranks. However, Special Forces will be boosted as Jax will be getting his cybernetic arms after Goro ripped them off while Cage has joined their ranks, which could boast Stryker as well. Special Forces will need a lot of help so they could also partner with the Red Dragon to take out Kano’s disciples.

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Liu Kang was left disappointed when Goro almost killed him, and he couldn’t win the tournament on his own merit. However, Raiden indicated his destiny was to beat Shao Kahn in the ultimate fight, not Goro. So the sequel will almost certainly look at Liu Kang training as he levels up as a Shaolin Monk. Raiden can use the Jinsei Chamber to help his pupil, as well as his many relics of time travel to have Liu Kang learn from his famous ancestor, Kung Lao. Liu Kang also connected with the Edenian Princess, Kitana, so she could defer to his side to help his training too as the emperor is her step-father and she wants him dead for brainwashing Queen Sindel. The assassin Jade can also factor in as an ally to help Liu Kong’s journey.

Scorpion stole the amulet from Shang Tsung before the island fell and while we assumed he died, we know the wraith will find a way to survive. We don’t know if Hanzo hid the amulet away or if he gave it to Raiden, though. This relic stores the fallen Elder God, Shinnok, and it has been the key element in the last two Mortal Kombat games. However, Shinnok’s allies could purse the ninja, with the likes of Drahmin from the Netherrealm looking to succeed where Quan Chi failed. Raiden warned Hanzo that the being inside must never be freed, as he’ll upset the balance of order. So if Shinno does emerge, he could go after Raiden’s forces and Shao Kahn’s as well to establish himself as the true Elder God.

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Scorpion killed the original Sub-Zero (aka Bi-Han) here but the ice ninja was framed by Quan Chi. This sets up Kuai Liang, the second Sub-Zero, to come hunting Hanzo to avenge his brother. It would flip the script on the game where Scorpion hunted Kuai too, but it would make sense as the wraith killed so many of the Lin Kuei clan and simply has to pay. Sub-Zero could even unleash the cyber-ninjas such as Cyrax, Sektor and Smoke to aid the hunt. Plus, the spirit of Bi-Han could be turned into the dark wraith, Noob Saibot, as a failsafe Quan Chi left to complete the mission of killing Scorpion for the amulet.

Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge stars Joel McHale as Johnny Cage, Jennifer Carpenter as Sonya Blade, Jordan Rodrigues as Scorpion & Hanzo Hasashi, Steve Blum as Sub-Zero, Artt Butler as Shang Tsung, Darin De Paul as Quan Chi, Robin Atkin Downes as Kano, David B. Mitchell as Raiden, Ike Amadi as Jax Briggs, Kevin Michael Richardson as Goro, and Grey Griffin as Kitana & Satoshi Hasashi. The film is now available on Digital, and will be out on Blu-ray and DVD on April 28.

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Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge ends on a high-octane note, laying the groundwork for a sequel.

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