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Spawn is getting a new movie at a time when Soul Calibur 6 and possibly a new Mortal Kombat are on the way

Is it time for Todd McFarlane's anti-hero to return to fighting games?

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • June 1, 2018 at 8:01 p.m. PDT • Comments: 27

Earlier this week news broke of an all new Spawn movie that is currently in the works. With the series' creator Todd McFarlane at the helm of the project as writer and director of the film, fans will once again get to see the dark anti-hero on the big screen.

What we know about the movie so far is that Jamie Foxx is confirmed as the role of Spawn. Though we're expecting to see a reboot here, McFarlane said in an interview with Deadline that he is not looking to tell the origin story again and has a trilogy in mind for the Hellspawn.

Contrary to what people might be looking for, the new Spawn film might not actually feature that much of the anti-hero, Forbes points out. "The scariest movies, from Jaws to John Carpenter’s The Thing, or The Grudge and The Ring, the boogeyman doesn’t talk," McFarlane explained in the aforementioned interview.

"It confuses people because of the comic book industry, and because they all default into their Captain America mindset and I keep saying, no, get into John Carpenter’s mindset or Hitchcock. This is not a man in a rubber suit, it’s not a hero that’s going to come and save the damsel. It’s none of that.”

The film's main character is actually Twitch -- a detective in the Spawn universe. Still, Spawn will be back in the limelight in 2019.

Considering that Bandai Namco's Soul Calibur 6 is set for release sometime this year and we might be seeing an announcement for a "Mortal Kombat 11" at E3 2018 in a couple of weeks, the chances of Spawn returning to fighting games might be better than ever.

As we know, seeing Spawn in a modern fighting title wouldn't be his first rodeo. Back in July 2005, Spawn made his fighting game debut as a guest character in Soul Calibur 2.

The cape-engulfed anti-hero found himself as the console exclusive guest character in the Xbox version of the game, with The Legend of Zelda's Link in the Gamecube version and Tekken's Heihachi Mishima on PlayStation.

In Soul Calibur 2, Spawn actually ditched the cape in battle and fought primarily using a large axe. Though he actually made an appearance in the Soul Calibur series, demand to see Spawn under the NetherRealm Studios umbrella has been very strong over the years.

Whether it's the Injustice series or Mortal Kombat, fans want to see Spawn on the battlefield.

Around the time of Injustice Gods Among Us' initial release, former Injustice producer Hector Sanchez stated that NRS wanted to look into the possibility of having Spawn join the game's roster. The following February, McFarlane was asked about Spawn's potential inclusion and talking to GamerFitnation seemed interested in the prospect.

"[NetherRealm Studios] have access to be able to use the character [Spawn] in a couple of their games, if they want to. It's up to their discretion."
— Todd McFarlane, 2015.

"Get him in there, and then he takes down everybody!" McFarlane exclaimed.

Fast forward to February 2015 where McFarlane spoke once again with GamerFitnation. This time, the topic of Spawn as a guest character in Mortal Kombat came up.

McFarlane explained that NetherRealm Studios actually had permission to use the character in "a couple of their games," but that it was up to them.

"They have access to be able to use the character [Spawn] in a couple of their games, if they want to," explained McFarlane. "It's up to their discretion. I gave them a window of time, and so I'll just leave it to them to be able to do what it is that they want."

If we see an announcement for Mortal Kombat 11 at E3 in a couple of weeks, NetherRealm Studios' history dictates that it will be released around Spring time of 2019. This could fall in line or close to the Spawn film's release.

Both Mortal Kombat X and Injustice 2 saw their fair share of amazing and out of left field guest characters. In the tenth numbered Mortal Kombat, we saw Horror icons such as Friday the 13th's Jason Voorhees, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre's Leatherface, and the Xenomorph from the Alien series.

DC Comics' heroes and villains in Injustice 2 did battle with the likes of Mike Mignola's Hellboy, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and even characters from Moral Kombat such as Raiden and Sub-Zero.

At the end of the day, Soul Calibur 6 and a potential Mortal Kombat 11 could be great opportunities for Spawn to return to fighting games. And with a feature film slated for next year, Spawn's chances might be at an all-time high.

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