There is no end to Mortal Kombat. At least, not in the forseeable future, as its eleventh installment is getting a new trio of characters. This week, NetherRealm Studios confirmed that Mortal Kombat 11 will make it to next-gen as Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate, part of which includes the new Kombat Pack featuring Rain, Mileena, and John Rambo.
The addition of Sylvester Stallone's grizzled commando might seem odd, but keep in mind, this isn't the first action movie star Mortal Kombat 11 has nabbed. The Terminator and Robocop already hold spots on the lineup, as well as Spawn (who is a comic book character, technically, but it lines up). It follows a little in the footsteps of Mortal Kombat X, which had horror movie characters like Jason Voorhees, Leatherface, and the Xenomorph from the Alien series.
Fighting games always have their fair share of guest characters. So this week, we're asking: if the action movie trend keeps up, which blockbuster star would you want to see enter the ring of Mortal Kombat?
There are so many action movie stars I'd want to put in, though sadly a few won't make the cut. It's got to be someone with an iconic fighting style, who can bring a little extra to the fight. As much as I love Face/Off, I'm not sure Nic Cage's character would work. Unless, he could take their face… Off? Hold on.
My real choice is probably a little boring. It'd be Judge Dredd, from the 2012 Dredd starring Karl Urban. Dredd's got all kinds of great lore to pull from, weaponry to employ; he's instantly recognizable, and not afraid to get messy. The only bummer is that he might feel a little same-y alongside Robocop, who got in with the Aftermath expansion for Mortal Kombat 11. Give me Dredd over him any day. Robocop upholds the law, but Dredd is the law.
With the addition of Rambo, I think we're at the point of crossover-oversaturation with Mortal Kombat. So, the only sensible choice from here is to lean in even harder: put Jean-Claude Van Damme in there but as himself (like in 2008's JCVD). The opportunity for great, self-referential dialogue with Johnny Cage and all the '80s action hero characters is there, but Van Damme could also just be… y'know, himself. Grizzled, a bit tired, and a normal guy nowhere near the same wavelength as any of the MK characters, Robocop, etcetera.
Sean Connery. We can go the boring James Bond route, but I want '90s-era Sean Connery, particularly John Mason from 1996's The Rock. That's right, get a slippery escape artist up there on the stage. Try and administer a fatality on Mason. Just try it. He'll be out of your reach and up your butt in a second. Then he'll pull out the knives.
"Isn't Sean Connery a bit old for Mortal Kombat?" Sir or Madame, pack up that age discrimination and carry it out the door. Mortal Kombat is desperately lacking in silver foxes, so let's drag this excellent specimen into the blood-flecked spotlight. That said, I will also entertain the idea of Sean Connery entering the battlefield in the skin of Draco, the noble beast he gave voice to in 1996's Dragonheart. What a great era for stupidly amazing movies. What a great era for Connery.
With the rise of Cobra Kai on Netflix, I'll go with both Johnny and Daniel from that series. This idea of aging men dissatisfied with their lives finding their way to Outworld and the Mortal Kombat tournament just feels fantastic all around. Also, imagine using the Crane Kick to knock someone's head off. That's awesome.