‘Mortal Kombat’ trailer explainer: 5 big reveals you need to know

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Whether you're a hardcore fan or an expired gamer, a Mortal Kombat explainer might be fine. Like the Uncharted movie, the upcoming Mortal Kombat movie will be filled with Easter eggs and setbacks.
Here are five big questions from the Mortal Kombat trailer that you should consider before heading into the movie.
Cole Young's birthmark is a nod to its larger purpose. But does it suggest more?
The original 1995 Mortal Kombat movie starred Liu Kang as the main character. In the upcoming Mortal Kombat, Lewis plays Tan Cole Young, an MMA fighter who is put in the role of one of Earth's chosen defenders.
After being attacked by assassins from another dimension, Cole learns something about the great Mortal Kombat tournament. Earthrealm (or simply Earth) has sent its greatest warriors to Mortal Kombat for thousands of years to keep the hostile forces of the outside world at bay. Think of this as a really bloody version of the Olympics, with the grand prize not being targeted by a terrifying demonic invasion for the next 50 years.
And it turns out that Cole is special. Far from being a bum, he's actually a transdimensional contender thanks to his mysterious "legacy," as the official Mortal Kombat website cryptically describes.
Photo credit: Warner Bros.
You see, Cole has a birthmark that resembles the iconic Mortal Kombat dragon logo. That said, he was always meant to fight in Mortal Kombat.
But it could also mean a big twist in terms of his true identity. More on that later.
The trailer referred to the Great Kung Lao, Earthrealm's first and greatest champion.
In the scene where Sonya Cole explains how different cultures throughout the history of the earth have referred to Mortal Kombat, we see a mural depicting a bald fighter victorious over his opponent.
Photo credit: Warner Bros.
This is almost certainly the Great Kung Lao, the first representative of Earth in Mortal Kombat and a legendary figure in the game's universe. The Great Kung Lao broke Outrealm's winning streak in nine tournaments by defeating Shang Tsung and keeping Earth safe for the next 50 years.
He is also the ancestor of several other prominent Mortal Kombat characters like Liu Kang and Kung Lao, both of whom appear in the movie trailer.
Photo credit: Warner Bros.
Is this Johnny Cage fighting Goro?
One of the trailer scenes shows a large four-armed unit trying to injure someone. This is obviously Goro. Goro is one of the big bad bad guys in the first Mortal Kombat game and the reigning champion of Mortal Kombat after defeating the Great Kung Lao.
But the menacing Prince of Shokan took all the attention from his opponent. Who is he rushing at?
Photo credit: Warner Bros.
If we stick to a precedent, this unknown fighter could be B-list movie star Johnny Cage. In the first Mortal Kombat movie, Johnny shocked Goro by dropping himself into a split and slamming a hard right right into an area that would be very illegal in any other tournament.
Since Mortal Kombat is a reboot of the 1995 film, there's a good chance Johnny Cage will appear. It also seems to throw a wrench in the fan theory that Cole Young is actually Johnny Cage - more on that later.
Did the trailer foresee Noob Saibot?
A ninja who appears to be Sub-Zero emerges from a thick cloud of smoke. Savvy Mortal Kombat fans will find that this appears to be a clue to the character's future.
Photo credit: Warner Bros.
In the Mortal Kombat series, there are actually two people who share the name Sub-Zero. The first is an assassin named Bi-Han who appears as the villain in the first game. Bi-Han is eventually killed by Scorpion, a vengeful revenant who mistakenly believed that Bi-Han was responsible for the murder of his family and his ninja clan.
Bi-Han also returns from death as a revenant named Noob Saibot. Another fun fact about Mortal Kombat: Noob Saibot is named after the two creators of Mortal Kombat, Ed Boon and John Tobias.
After Bi-Han's death, his good younger brother Kuai Liang takes over the coat of Sub-Zero. This brings us to our final big question and possible reveal.
Is Cole Young Really the Next Sub-Zero?
At first, the "Cole Young = Johnny Cage" theory seemed pretty insane. He's clearly a fish without water. Cole is an oppressed MMA fighter, while his colleagues are warriors from ancient monastic orders, highly qualified soldiers from the special forces and even a god.
He's even a cage fighter. Wink, wink. Mortal Kombat lives from precisely this type of cheese.
But, given what we now know, it all seems like a red herring. It's much more likely that Cole Young is Kuai Liang, the second Sub-Zero.
Photo credit: Warner Bros.
When we look at the facts, it makes a lot of sense. Cole grew up on earth and was completely unaware of his secret heritage. The Sub-Zero brothers also had no idea that they were actually biracial until Kuai Liang discovered that their father was actually a cryomancer, a race of people from another realm who have the ability to manipulate ice cream.
Perhaps as an allusion to this, Lewis Tan is biracial himself. Cole, who is Sub-Zero, would fit nicely with the concept of a character who is a warrior of two worlds.
In the video games, Kuai Liang is characterized as a mysterious loner who shows up when the heroes are in great need. From what we've seen, that sounds a lot like Cole's story.
If Cole is Kuai Liang, it would make dramatic the fact that the Sub-Zero who is chasing him is actually his long-lost brother, Bi-Han. That's a nice twist - and not to mention great preparation for a sequel where Cole becomes the new Sub-Zero.
And there you have it. Consider yourself officially prepared for Mortal Kombat.
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