Mortal Kombat: A significant part of the history of Scorpion and Sub-long-standing Zero’s rivalry may be the forthcoming Mortal Kombat remake.
As part of the Warner Bros. release plan for their entire 2021 slate. Mortal Kombat directed by Simon McQuoid is set to arrive on April 16. And will premiere simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max. There’s still massive anticipation about what Mortal Kombat has in store. With the promise of an R-rating and left and right fatalities. This was only intensified when Mortal Kombat released a batch of movie photos from Entertainment Weekly. Giving only a taste of what the franchise’s fans might expect.
In particular, one image also provides a subtle hint that the movie might make some changes to the bad blood. Especially between the famous rivals of the franchise. Scorpion and Sub-Zero, played by Hiroyuki Sanada and Joe Taslim. The photo in question depicts Sub-Zero plunging a spear into the shoulder of the Scorpion. What’s curious about this picture is that before each possesses their respective supernatural abilities. It appears to take place very early in their history. The background of the picture may also tease that the way the two become rivals in the games is different from their backgrounds.
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The sorcerer Quan Chi murdered the Scorpion family in the Mortal Kombat myth. Framing Sub-Zero for the crime and contributing to the Scorpion’s vendetta against the man he claims murdered his loved ones. Yet Sub-Zero looks more like the aggressor in their encounter in the aforementioned picture. And this may mean that the two in the film become enemies in some other way. Theoretically, it may now be Sub-Zero who holds a grudge against Scorpion. Or through Sub-relationship Zero’s with Lin Kuei and Scorpion’s link to the Shirai-Ryu. The two may simply be representations of natural enemies. The beginning of the movie could also signal the reboot starting a bit. From the root of the enmity of Scorpion and Sub-Zero.
Mortal Kombat will open with a battle scene between Scorpion and Sub-Zero in feudal Japan. The two still going by the names of Hanzo Hasashi and Bi Han and missing their well-known powers of deadly spears and ice formation. As McQuoid revealed in the Entertainment Weekly post. It seems as if Mortal Kombat might say its own version of how two of the most popular video game characters around became the sworn enemies. That the world knows them as, between McQuoid’s explanation and the picture of the two. If that’s the case, it actually brings that much more suspense to one of the most awaited films of 2021.
This wouldn’t be the first time the history of Scorpion and Sub-Zero has been retconned in a film, either: the two were seen in the 1995 Mortal Kombat film as mind-controlled servants of Shang Tsung. In other adaptations, their past has also been faithfully recreated, such as in the web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy and in the animated film Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge in 2020, which has made its own changes.
Obviously, moving in either direction would be a valid path for the reboot to take, and with its own version of how Scorpion and Sub-Zero became bitter rivals, it might also add something new to the franchise’s mythology. Mortal Kombat brings a lot to the table with an R-rating, several hard-hitting martial arts mixed with supernatural elements, and the deaths of its namesake, but with two of its main characters, it may also have a surprise in its plot.
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