Mortal Kombat: 5 Characters Confirmed for the 2021 Movie (& 5 That Won’t Return)

The popular Mortal Kombat franchise is going to have another reboot in 2021. The new Movie will feature some popular, fan favorite characters. But there are so many other famous warriors we want to see locking heads in the movie.

PS: For obvious reasons, we have not included Liu Kang in the list. Go Figure.

Confirmed: Scorpion

It has been a long time since we have seen our favourite yellow clad acrobat do his thing in the Mortal Kombat Universe. Scorpion is one of the original characters from the first Mortal Kombat game and possesses some of the greatest fatalities ever seen in the franchise. He also has a very good character development arc. The rumors claim that Scorpion’s role will be enhanced within the reboot movie but we are not sure till how far they might be true. Scorpion will be portrayed by Actor Hiroyuki Sanda on screen. We all hope Sanda can pull the yellow ninja character off because scorpion deserves his time in the spotlight.

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Won’t Return: D’Vorah

D’Vorah was introduced recently in Mortal Kombat X. She is a member of the powerful Kytinn species. Her insect like physiology proves to be a great asset in the battlefield. D’Vorah spent most of her time in the Outworld and has only recently ventured to Earth to fight the heroes of our universe. She is a loyal supporter of Kotal Kahn, acting as his first minister of administration and enforcement. D’Vorah’s primary motivation is the survival of the Kytinn Hive. Since she is the last of her race, D’Vorah will do anything to ensure her Hive survives, including betraying Kotal Kahn and allying with villains like Kronika and Shinnok.

Confirmed: Shang Tsung

The wicked sorcerer of the Outworld will make for a good super villain for the Mortal Kombat Reboot movie. Shang Tsung was the primary antagonist in the first Mortal Kombat movie. Shang Tsung’s prowess as an immortal wizard that can never die and his proficiency and expertise in combat will make him a worthy adversary for Liu Kang and company. Shang Tsung is set to be played by Chi Hang. Hang is expected to outdo the energy brought forth into the screen by the original actor who played the character in the 1995 movie – Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa.

Won’t Return: Goro

Goro was the champion of the Outworld who faced a surprising yet humiliating defeat at the hands of Johnny Cage in the original movie. Goro has still a story to say to the viewers. He is a powerful Shokan and a well-bodied combatant (forgive the pun). The Shokan Prince is known to side with Shang Tsung and dabble along with him in evil schemes. Although Goro has always been seen as a secondary villain in any Mortal Kombat arc, we would like to see him take the reins again, even though if it is just for a supporting role. Sadly we do not think he is going to make another live action appearance in the 2021 reboot.

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Confirmed: Raiden

Raiden is the Protector of the Realm of Earth, Eternal God of Thunder, and one of the few characters who has managed to appear in literally every generation of Mortal Kombat games. Tadanobu Asano takes over as the face of the character in the reboot movie. Raiden has Godly blood in his veins and is now an Elder God, after the defeat and death of Shinnok. No Mortal Kombat Movie has shown us Raiden in an actual no holds barred combat. Given the fact that he is one of the original Earth Realm victors of Mortal Kombat, it is about time we see him seriously trading fists with the Outworld riders.

Won’t Return: Noob Saibot

Before he was killed, Bi-Han was the original Sub-Zero of the Mortal Kombat Universe. The Elder Sub Zero was turned into a wraith and the Lin Kuei Assassin was consumed with vengeance and a thirst for chaos. Bi-Han was killed by Scorpion in a previous match. He would then ascend to the Nether Realm, where the sorcerer Quan Chi resurrected him just like he had brought Scorpion back to life. But Quan Chi did it differently with Bi-Han. While resurrecting him, Quan Chi stripped him of all his individuality and human emotions. Without the human element, Bi-Han became Noob Saibot, one of the most ruthless and remorseless warriors in Mortal Kombat. He intends to conquer the Nether Realm and rule it forever.

Confirmed: Kung Lao

Kung Lao will be played by Max Huang in the Mortal Kombat 2021 Reboot. Kung Lao is the last of the descendants of the Great Kung Lao, a champion of the Earth Realm and the last human victor of the tournament before Garo defeated him 500 years prior to the events of the first game. As a member of the White Lotus Scoiety, Kung Lao is always shown to have ulterior motifs and hidden agendas. Even though he is a Shaolin Monk, Kung Lao has an excessive desire to prove him-self to be stronger than Liu Kang, with whom he shares a bitter rivalry.

Won’t Return: Erron Black

There is a magic in the older Mortal Kombat games, a magic the newer advanced versions despite having high end graphics, have not been able to replicate. There are some things to look forward to in the new games though, like the newly introduced wild-west gun slinging bounty hunter Erron Black. Erron Black has only one interest – money. He will pledge allegiance to anyone who could be the highest bidder to his services. If there would be even a small appearance of Black in the movie, the fans would have been pleased.

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Confirmed: Sub Zero

Sub-Zero has had two incarnations in the Mortal Kombat series. The original Lin Kuei Assassin was named Bi-Han, who would be later killed by Sub-Zero and resurrected as the wraith warrior Noob Saibot. The second Sub-Zero was Bi-Han’s younger brother who has since become a recurring character in the series. Kuai Liang has since headed the Cryomancers, an exiled race from the Edenian realm. The fan favorite character will be played by Joe Taslim in the movie. Surprisingly, the movie is featuring Bi-Han, the original Sub-Zero instead of the more popular younger Kuai Liang.

Won’t Return: Shao Kahn

There is no villain or hero who can swing a hammer like Shao Kahn, Ruler of Outworld and Harbinger of Doom for Earth Realm in any known fictional universe (Sorry Thor). Shao Kahn is the only villain who could challenge the supremacy of Shang Tsung for the title of top dog in the villain’s category. Maybe they are reserving the villain for an appearance in the sequel to the Mortal Kombat 2021 Reboot. Shao Kahn could still be shown in a post credits sequence because he is too good a villain to be wasted.

Written by Bibhu Prasad Panda

With a Bachelor's in Engineering and a Master's in Marketing and Operations, Bibhu found a love for writing, working for many different websites. He joined FandomWire in July 2020 and worked his way to his current position of Content Strategist. Bibhu has been involved in operating and managing FandomWire's team of writers, diversifying into varied, exotic fields of pop culture.