Should you stay all the way through the credits of Warner Bros' Mortal Kombat reboot? The high-octane actioner from Simon McQuoid continues the franchise that began in 1995 with Mortal Kombat and ended with the disappointing Annihilation in 1997 and despite the chequered past, comes with an enticing set-up for a sequel.
Back in 1997, a third Mortal Kombat movie was planned, but the poor performance of Annihilation and some scathing reviews - mostly due to the fact that the Mortal Kombat sequel was not finished - kicked off a long slow journey to McQuoid's reboot. That journey included a pitch by director Kevin Tancharoen in the shape of short film Mortal Kombat: Rebirth that reignited studio interest in the project. Luckily for fans of the video games, Mortal Kombat sticks to a fairly faithful adaptation, despite some changes and expansions to the lore, and there's more than enough in there to delight even the oldest of fans.
With Mortal Kombat screening not only on HBO Max but around the world in cinemas, it's inevitable that moviegoers who do choose to see it will want to know if there's an after-credits scene worth sticking around for. Unfortunately for anyone hoping for a hidden tease of Johnny Cage or another franchise icon, Mortal Kombat does NOT have any kind of post-credits scene or anything extra during its credits. That said, there is a reason for fans of the movies to stick around - a new version of the iconic techno EDM theme tune from the 1995 movie.
That isn't to say that there isn't a major hint at what could come next in Mortal Kombat 2 if the first reboot chapter does well enough in cinemas and on HBO Max during its month-long initial run on the platform. There is a story coda after the main events that see Cole Young realize his destiny as well as seeding a new group of champions. In what would perhaps usually be expected as a post-credits scene, Lewis Tan's Cole Young packs up and leaves his MMA gym to head to Hollywood to pick up the first name on his list of champions. Quite who will play that iconic Mortal Kombat series character in the sequel remains to be seen, but it's a great set-up.
And of course, anyone wishing that the original techno theme tune for 1995's movie was included in the movie also gets the tub-thumping experience of listening to the slightly new arrangement of it that plays out over the credits. Composed by Benjamin Wallfisch, the new take on Techno Syndrome pays homage to the original while adding in more modern EDM vibes, in a fitting parallel to Mortal Kombat's modern sensibilities.
Johnny Cage has been heavily requested by fans for a Mortal Kombat sequel, but the character might be better introduced through a spinoff movie instead. As the only original MK fighter not appearing in the upcoming reboot, Cage has been a hot topic of discussion in the leadup to release. Producer Todd Garner and director Simon McQuoid have both given convincing justifications for Cage’s exclusion, while also promising his return if future films get made.
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