Since 2010, the “Mortal Kombat” franchise has been bigger than ever, thanks largely to the highly popular ninth instalment of the video game series (titled simply “Mortal Kombat” but known colloquially as “MK 9”) and the acclaimed web-series “Mortal Kombat: Legacy”. While the status of the latter has been uncertain for a time, fans of the franchise can now be rest assured in the knowledge that 2015 will see both come roaring back!
Following the departure of “Legacy” creator and director Kevin Tancheron over creative differences with Warner Brothers, the future of the web-series and it’s long-in-development big screen adaptation was uncertain, an especially unpleasant position for fans to find themselves in, given the cliffhanger ending of season two. However, Tancheron would later confirm his involvement with the series’ third season, and while its development has been somewhat under the radar, the next instalment of “Legacy” officially began last week. The third season is said to deviate somewhat from the previous two, which accounts for the return of Cary Hiroyuki-Tagawa and Casper Van Dien reprising their roles of Shang Tsung and Johnny Cage, while Mark Dacascos, who portrayed Kung Lao in season two, will be sitting this season out and Brian Tee may or may not be back as Liu Kang. Perhaps season three may take the series into prequel territory, a season 2.5 if you will, we’ll know more hopefully soon!
One thing’s for certain, however – with its inclusion of the characters Ferra, Torr, and Cassie, all of whom will make their début into the series’ canon in the next part of the games, “Mortal Kombat X”, season three will most certainly be capitalizing on the game’s upcoming release. Cassie, in particular, is an interesting character to include in season three, given that she will be introduced as the daughter of Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade. Although it is not yet confirmed who will portray Cassie (or if this news means that Sonya Blade will appear after her absence from season two), Jamal Duff and Jade Quon will assume the roles of Ferra and Torr.
Following the success of “Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe” in 2008, the newly formed NetherRealm Studios decided it was time to take the series back to its roots. The result was “Mortal Kombat” or “MK 9” in 2011, which rebooted the series’ timeline and re-established the series as the most unapologetically violent fighting game on the market. The game was a massive success, with many publications declaring it the best fighting game of 2011. Like the second season of “Legacy”, the game ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, leaving gamers to wonder just where the series could possibly go from there. However, with the news that’s dropped so far, it’s safe to say that 2015 is going to be a great year for “Mortal Kombat” fans!
Several trailers have been released showcasing what fans can look forward to. Check them out below!