The Mortal Kombat series has long been known for its hyperviolence and extensive, yet utterly confusing, lore. And, yes, those are also the fighting franchise's strongest assets. But ever since the release of 2011's Mortal Kombat, which served as a sort of reboot for the series, guest characters and downloadable fighters from beyond the realms of the franchise have joined the otherworldly tournament and fought to the death with the likes of Goro, Sonya Blade and Jax.
The aforementioned reboot had Kratos from God of War in its PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita versions, showing fans how much of a tonal fit the character could be. Then Mortal Kombat X and XL came along, bringing with them a number of guest additions from the worlds of Hollywood horror. The Xenomorph from Alien, Freddy Krueger from Nightmare on Elm Street, Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Jason from Friday the 13th and the Predator from Predator all joined the fight, and fans were all over it. Some even called for a NetherRealm Studios-developed horror icons fighting game.
And while something like that wouldn't be wholly surprising in the future, for now fans of the franchise have Mortal Kombat 11 to look forward to. And while the roster for the game is already looking stacked, its never too early to take a look at some potential guest spots for downloadable content. Here are some of the most likely guest fighters to appear in Mortal Kombat 11. Unfortunately, Neo from The Matrix won't be among them.
When you really think about it, a number of characters or creatures from the world of The Lords of the Rings make sense to duke it out in Mortal Kombat. Whether it's a Balrog, an Orc or a giant spider, there's certainly a place for them somewhere. Even the likes of Saruman or Sauron make sense, but what about Aragorn? He's no stranger to death, and quite literally bridges those worlds together as he fights to retake Middle-earth. An army of the dead sounds like a mighty cool finisher for someone like Aragorn.
The only tough bit here is the gore, which The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit haven't exactly delved deep on. With that in mind, maybe Talion from the Warner Bros. published Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor or Shadow of War could follow the same format. With Amazon Studios working on a new television series set in J.R.R. Tolkein's Lord of the Rings world, it's never too early to start that promotional period with some gruesome one-on-one fighting.
A long-requested addition to the Mortal Kombat series, Spawn would certainly fit right in among Scorpion, Noob Saibot or Shao Kahn. There's a bit of precedent here for Spawn showing up in likely (or highly unlikely) places, as he was a guest fighter in the Xbox version of Soulcalibur II. Even beyond that, Spawn's creator Todd McFarlane has hinted numerous times that the hellspawn could be showing up in the world of Mortal Kombat.
And while certainly a ways off, there is a new Spawn movie in the works that will be directed by McFarlane himself. We could easily see Ed Boon and McFarlane coming together for something cool in celebration, even if it's explicitly tied to the Jamie Foxx-starring film.
DARK NIGHTS METAL
This is perhaps the most exciting entry on this list, as NetherRealm is no stranger to the worlds of DC, developing both titles in the Injustice: Gods Among Us series. On top of that, Scorpion was a guest character in Injustice: Gods Among Us, and there was even an entire game called Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, though it was a bit toned down when it came to the ultraviolence. So, if we can't tear Superman or Batman in half, what can we do? Well, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's Dark Nights Metal may have the answer.
The main crux of the comic book storyline is that these evil versions of Batman exist in a handful of alternate realities within the Dark Multiverse. These Batmen are sinister versions of Bruce Wayne whose identities have been fused with other DC characters. There's the Red Death (Flash/Batman), the Murder Machine (Cyborg/Batman), the Dawnbreaker (Green Lantern/Batman), the Drowned (Aquaman/Batman), the Merciless (Ares/Batman), the Devastator (Doomsday/Batman) and the Batman Who Laughs, a twisted mashup of the Joker and Batman.
We could see a world where the Batman Who Laughs is the main fighter and he calls in support from the other Dark Knights, not to mention his leashed, deadly Robins. We wouldn't mind tearing an evil Justice League apart.