For fans of the saga, Mortal Kombat 11 and the recent movie release of the franchise have some clear differences. In general, the latest film was a fair adaptation of the classic fighting game, even if there were some changes to the characters. One of the most obvious ones is the inclusion of Cole Young in the story, a tailor-made everyman character for the story.
The cover of Mortal Kombat 11 features one of the most important characters of the saga: Scorpion. Unfortunately, the movie did not tell Scoprion's backstory as it was shown in the games. In fact, there were many details about Mortal Kombat's lore that were completely left out of the film. For example, the movie barely mentions the Elder Gods which are key to understanding what the Mortal Kombat tournament is about. Furthermore, the film did not show enough of Scorpion and what it showed was considerably different from what fans had seen in the games.
The tricky part about the events of MK 11 is that it mixes the two previous timelines of the Mortal Kombat saga. This means that there are basically two Scorpions: the one from the second timeline who just wants to bring back his people, and the one from the first timeline who wants revenge.
However, there are some coincidences between the Scorpions in both timelines. For instance, in Mortal Kombat 11, Scorpion is motivated by the genocide of his clan and wants to take some sort of action against Sub-Zero and Quan Chi. Despite Scorpion's timeline, he is deeply affected by the fact that he has lost his family. He is moved by the demise of his clan, the Shirai Ryu, and is mostly guided by the feelings of loss he experienced.
Another important difference is that Scorpion seems to be able to transport between realms at will. In Mortal Kombat 11, Scorpion actually takes Sub-Zero to the Netherrealm to fight. Even though it is never explained why Scorpion can phase between realms, it has been argued that he has that ability just for being a Revenant which allows him to go to the Netherrealm at will.
One of the biggest issues with the recent Mortal Kombat movie is that there is little to no explanation about the lore that was presented in the games. Because of that, there are many things that might not be entirely clear for users who are not fans of the Mortal Kombat saga. The lack of backstory presented in the movie affects many characters, but it is especially clear with Scorpion.
In the movie, Scorpion's clan is not attacked by Quan Chi, but by just Bi-Han who is the master of the Lin Kuei clan. In the game, Sub-Zero does kill Scoprion, but it is through Qua Chi's manipulations that the Shirai Ryu are destroyed (with which Quan Chi manipulates Scorpion after resurrecting him). This is in contrast to Bi-Han freezing Scorpion's wife and one kid, while the other survives and is saved by Raiden. At first, it might seem like the change was not too drastic, but Scorpion's backstory in the movie gets rid of Quan Chi, which undermines the tragic manipulation of the event. It may have been an attempt to make it even more personal or to make it simpler, but that is up in the air given more movies could build on this scene.
As far as Scorpion's abilities go, there seem to be some differences as well. Although he is still able to phase from the Netherrealm to the Earthrealm, it does not seem like Scorpion can teleport at will. In the movie, one of his descendants manages to summon Scorpion by using his bloody kunai. Scorpion ends up assisting in the battle against Sub-Zero and gives the final blow.
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