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‘Mortal Kombat’ Trailer: Fans Are Enraged By Johnny Cage’s Absence, But Here’s A Theory

After years of waiting and more, the mortal combat the trailer has finally arrived. It’s our first look at the live-action movie and it’s exactly what fans were hoping for – filled with death! Directed by Simon McQuoid, the film stars Joe Taslim (Sub-Zero), Hiroyuki Sanada (Scorpion), Tadanobu Asano (Raiden), Ludi Lin (Liu Kang), Jessica McNamee (Sonya Blade) and many more. Everything is set to release on April 16 this year. While the trailer exceeded expectations, there’s still one detail or lack thereof to lament if one were to look closely. For MK fans, it’s the absence of Johnny Cage.

The trailer of mortal combat is quite comprehensive with previews of live-action versions of major video game characters. But fans are disappointed that Johnny Cage, who was one of the arcade game’s original fighters, is nowhere to be found. The character was a protagonist for the mortal combat film in 1995 based on an action movie star and martial artist. Instead of Cage, the trailer sees a new character Cole Young played by Lewis Tan as the protagonist. In case you missed it (although that’s impossible), watch the trailer for the R-rated film here:

Enraged fans have taken to Twitter to let it be known that while the classic moves and wave of nostalgia are in, they would love an explanation for leaving Johnny Cage out completely.

But perhaps, in the multitude of angry reactions, we are not asking the right questions. Here is a theory:

What if Johnny Cage was not replaced by Cole Young? Or better, what if Cole Young was Johnny Cage?

Fans are hoping that Cole Young, who is a martial artist, will choose the stage name Johnny Cage at some point in the future. And while we’re not sure if this theory has any merit, all hope may not be lost for the character’s appearance in the film. One of the film’s producers, Todd Garner, responded to a fan’s grievance in a rather cryptic tweet. “He’s not in it,” he said.

Well, there it is!

the mortal combat The film was confirmed in 2019. In the same year, we found out that Joe Taslim was the film’s Sub-Zero. It’s incredibly satisfying to get a glimpse of his icy ninja after the long wait. The film produced by James Wan will be released on April 16, 2021.

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