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Mortal Kombat has finally landed in the United States. Warner Bros.' R-rated movie, based on the iconic fighting video game series, is out now on HBO Max and while it's a visceral feast for the eyes, it's a pretty goofy movie overall.

Still, you read this how-to article to learn more about the ending of Mortal Kombat. There are a few things to digest once the credits roll and you might be wondering where the movie series could go from here, if there's a Mortal Kombat sequel.

With that in mind, on this page, we'll explain who Cole Young is and his connection to Scorpio, how the movie ends, and whether there will be a sequel or four, depending on what the final scene teases.

Be warned though - we're about to get into spoiler territory from now on. If you accidentally clicked on this article and haven't seen the movie yet, come back now or it will be ruined for you.

Mortal Kombat ending explained: Is he Cole Young Scorpion's son?

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Cole Young is an original character that was created specifically for the 2021 Mortal Kombat movie.. As such, he hasn't appeared in any video games, but that doesn't mean he isn't related to one of the most iconic characters in the series.

It turns out that Cole is a descendant of Hanzo Hasashi, who is one of the greatest ninjas to ever live and the person who ends up becoming a Scorpion.

After Bi-Han, also known as Sub-Zero, kills Hanzo's wife and eldest son in the opening scene of the film, Hanzo and Bi-Han fight to the death. Sub-Zero ends up defeating Hanzo and, believing that he has finally ended the Hasashi bloodline, leaves Hanzo to die.

Awakened by the screams of their youngest son, whom Hanzo's wife had hidden in a secret area of ​​the house before Sub-Zero's attack, a half-dead Hanzo desperately tries to reach them but dies in the process. Consumed in revenge, his soul is trapped in hell, biding his time until someone sets him free as a Scorpion to seek justice for the death of his family.

Moments after Hanzo's death, Lord Raiden, the god of thunder, arrives and saves Hanzo's little girl. By doing so, Raiden ensures the survival of the Hasashi bloodline, which is vital to an ancient prophecy about the Hasashi family coming true. This prediction heralds the arrival of a new champion, Hasashi, who will unite the best warriors of Earthworld to prevent the evil Outworld from conquering the planet.

Centuries later, Cole was born with a dragonmark, which identifies him as one of Earthworld's champions. He is a descendant of the Hasashi lineage, but he is not the son of a Scorpio.

Hanzo and his family were killed in 1617, and Mortal Kombat takes place today. Cole's ancestors include Hanzo and his Shirai Ryu clan, but he cannot be Hanzo's son due to the time jump.

Mortal Kombat ending explained: Finding Johnny Cage

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The ending of Mortal Kombat sees Lord Raiden and his Earthworld champions face off against the Outworld invaders of Shang Tsung for the future of Earth.

After Kung Lao is killed by Soul Eater Shang Tsung in an earlier fight, a fight the Raiden champions easily lose, Cole comes up with a plan to split Shang Tsung's forces, engaging them in head-to-head fighting and killing them. The group agrees to implement Cole's plan but, before doing so, Raiden offers Cole Hanzo's kunai to use in the final showdown with Sub-Zero. Raiden obtained the kunai when he saved Hanzo's daughter in 1617, knowing full well that it would come in handy one day.

Liu Kang and Jax kill Kabal and Reiko respectively, while Sonya Blade takes out Kano. The latter's dragon mark is transferred to Sonya, per Mortal Kombat rules, and she uses her new abilities to help Cole defeat Mileena.

With the other warriors of Shang Tsung dead, Sub-Zero appears and the Champions of Earth prepare to defeat him together. However, Sub-Zero captured Cole's wife and daughter, reflecting his fight with Hanzo at the beginning of the film, and lures an enraged Cole into a one-on-one battle at Cole's caged Battle Dojo.

Cole falls short of Sub-Zero's prowess and, in a final bid, unwittingly combines his blood with Hanzo's kunai to free Scorpion from hell. Scorpion recognizes Cole as his descendant and the duo team up to overpower Sub-Zero and save Cole's family. Scorpion seemingly kills Sub-Zero with a hellfire blast and before leaving asks Cole to deal with the Hasashi bloodline.

Raiden and the other champions reunite with Cole, but their joy is short-lived when Shang Tsung appears. He tells Raiden that he will return to Earth with an army and sends the seemingly dead Sub-Zero and Goro back to Outworld before Raiden banishes Shang Tsung from Earth. Raiden tells Cole and the others that they will have to prepare for the return of Shang Tsung and sends them to search for new champions.

In the final scene, Cole empties his caged fight locker and tells his former employer that he is heading to Los Angeles to find someone. The camera scans a poster on the wall as Cole leaves, confirming that he is heading west to find and potentially recruit another famous Mortal Kombat fighter: Johnny Cage.

Mortal Kombat ending explained: Will there be a sequel?

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The final moments of Mortal Kombat certainly suggest so. While Johnny Cage is Cole's first mission, there are other fan-favorite characters that haven't appeared in the movie. Cole, Sonya, and the other champions will have to find more and convince them to join Raiden's cause, which would likely involve Mortal Kombat 2.

Joe Taslim, who plays Bi-Han / Sub-Zero, has already revealed that he has signed up for four more movies if the first one turns out to be a hit. So far, the film has grossed less than € 20 million at the global box office, but its revenue will have been hampered by the number of cinemas open internationally due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Therefore, a sequel will ultimately hinge on Mortal Kombat's performance in American theaters and HBO Max. The movie currently has a 55% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. While it wasn't very well received, its HBO Max viewership numbers and national box office giveaway could convince Warner Bros. to give the follow-up the green light. It's unclear at this point if the studio will award director Simon McQuoid another entry in the series, but fans will certainly be looking forward to one, if not more than seeing Johnny Cage in action.


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