When looking through the many properties that Warner Bros. potentially has access to as the publisher of Mortal Kombat, one doesn't quite fit: Harry Potter. And while it would certainly be something to see Snape, Dumbledore or even Voldemort go up against the deadly fighters in Mortal Kombat, they are all too recognizable to be approved for systematic dismemberment. The Dementors, on the other hand, might fit the bill just right.
They're mostly blank slates, serving as the devilish guardians of Azkaban. Their calling card? They suck the souls out of the unwilling and turn them into lifeless husks. We're thinking a cross between the fighting style of someone like Smoke with the mysticism of Quan Chi. And until we get an awesome Harry Potter game, we'd at least get to deal with these ghouls in Mortal Kombat.
There are only really a couple of horror icons missing from the roster of Mortal Kombat XL, and with the resurgence of Michael Myers from a successful sequel to the Halloween series in 2018, now would be the perfect time to bring the terror to the battlefield. He'd be more standoffish than a fighter like Jason, focusing on sudden movements and surprise speed for his attacks, making him a formidable foe for characters like Baraka or Johnny Cage.
Plus, we bet there would be some hilarious quips between Cage and Myers if there's a Hollywood set involved. Imagine Johnny Cage realizing he's part of a horror movie and using that in his intro. Honestly, the more self-referential we can get Johnny Cage, the better.
The other missing horror link in Mortal Kombat is Pennywise, and the retro theme of Mortal Kombat 11 is the perfect excuse to include both Tim Curry's Pennywise and the terrifying clown from 2017's IT reboot. After all, there is a sequel to that reboot coming out later in 2019, and a DLC pack with a retro alternate costume would be a perfect way to promote the film.
His move set would be focused on everything from red balloon projectiles to his transformations. We could even see a fatality where the enemy character picks up a paper sailboat only to be ripped to shreds by the terror waiting below. We're getting scared just thinking about it.
Not only would Kratos' original incarnation be the perfect character to bring back for Mortal Kombat 11, but his new look from 2018's God of War could be a perfect tie-in to the time travel elements present in the upcoming game. We could have a move set balancing everything from Kratos' Blade of Chaos to his brand-new Leviathan Axe. He could use his shield bash, grapples and more to round out a move set that would feel right at home in the Mortal Kombat universe.
This would also set a precedent for past guest characters reappearing. And when games like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate find praise because "Everyone is here," it'd be nice to see that extended to other fighting franchises.
The protagonist of the original Gears of War trilogy, Marcus Fenix could make the perfect Xbox- and PC-exclusive guest fighter for Mortal Kombat 11. Not only is the third-person shooter franchise known for its hyperviolence and intense amounts of gore and blood, but also its one-liners and finishing moves. If there was ever a character from Microsoft's first party roster to make the leap, it'd be someone like Marcus Fenix, who can bring a ranged gameplay style to the series.
He could fire his Lancer or Hammerburst, toss Spike Grenades and get up close and personal for his fatalities. And, of course, there's Gears 5 on the horizon. And even if Marcus Fenix may not be the main character, he'll certainly play a part in where the story goes next.
Surprise! Okay, so this one isn't very likely, but we spent quite a while trying to figure out a potential Nintendo guest character for Mortal Kombat 11. And while most Nintendo villains are quite evil, we still couldn't picture Bowser, Ganondorf or Meta Knight going toe-to-toe with the fighters in Mortal Kombat. Ridley, though -- well, there's precedent for him being a killing machine.
The bane of Samus Aran's existence, the Space Pirate monster known as Ridley has certainly shown off his brutal side. In his reveal trailer for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Ridley basically killed Mario and Mega Man before going head-on with Samus herself. Ridley has also died and returned in numerous forms in the Metroid series, so seeing him "die" might not exactly be traumatic. It's wishful thinking, but we'd love to see Nintendo play along in support of Mortal Kombat 11 releasing on the Nintendo Switch.