Mortal Kombat stories

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

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.

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Combo Breaker 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, we're getting an absolutely gargantuan event taking place in St. Charles, Illinois in the form of Combo Breaker 2018.

It really can't be stated enough how big this event is for a ton of different games, with a whopping 16 games, and the Mystery Game Tournament besides them as well, exceeding 100 entrants each, and with two games exceeding 500 entrants, and another one getting very close.

On top of that, it's a Premier Event for the Capcom Pro Tour and a Master Event for the Tekken World Tour, so people will definitely be showing up to compete. Also, the winner of Dragon Ball FighterZ will claim the final spot in the 16-person event Summit of Power happening two weeks from now.

With so much on the line and so many players showing up, we couldn't possibly begin to list every notable name present, so here is a very small excerpt of who you can expect to see: CO|Go1, FOX|SonicFox, FOX|Tokido, FD|Fujimura, EG|NYChrisG, PG|Infiltration, CYG|Daigo, FOX|Justin Wong, NuckleDu, FOX|Punk, TSM|Leffen, Rise|MenaRD, DouyuTV|Xiao Hai, Liquid|Nemo, Fursan|Verloren, Mouz|Problem X, AS|Reynald, GGP|Kazunoko, CYG|Fuudo, ALG|Dragon, CO|Dogura, PG|SKD, RB|Luffy, FOX|Theo, PG|MarlinPie, RNG|Swedish Delight, Circa|ForeverKing, Tempo|S2J and so, so many more.

The games being played at the event, in order of entrants from biggest to smallest, are Dragon Ball FighterZ, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Tekken 7, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Injustice 2, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Killer Instinct, Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, Mortal Kombat XL, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, the ceremonious Mystery Game Tournament, Super Smash Bros. 4, King of Fighters 14, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Vampire Savior/Darkstalkers, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Super Smash Bros. Melee and Mortal Kombat 9.

Streaming is being done at Team Spooky, Capcom Fighters, Tekken, NetherRealm, BG Callisto, Funky P, PandaxGaming, Vampire Arcadia and VG Boot Camp.

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Should Mortal Kombat 11 have Injustice's gear system? A run mechanic? Tag options? Maximilian speculates

NetherRealm Studios has found themselves a formula that works with their fighting game releases over the better part of the last decade.

Offering audiences an ongoing one-two punch combination with the Mortal Kombat and Injustice franchises, they've been hitting home runs with both casual and competitive gamers across the board.

With E3 2018 just around the corner, it's about that time again for another Mortal Kombat title, given the company sticks with the schedule that they seem to have been following.

Like most fans of the NRS fighting game experience Maximilian is all but certain MK11 is on the horizon, and has gone into further detail about why and what to expect in a recent video.

One of the most celebrated (and deservedly so) aspects of the Injustice games and two most recent Mortal Kombats is the execution of the single player story mode. NetherRealm has garnered a reputation for setting the new standard for fighting game story experience, perhaps with 2017's Injustice 2 currently holding the blue ribbon.

Check out Max's insight in the video below and let us know what your speculations are for the probably MK11 in the comments afterwards.

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A Nintendo 64 Classic appears to be in development and with it could come some classic and goofy fighting games

Nintendo's consoles have been doing very well for them the past few years not only with the meteoric launch of the Switch, but also with the successes of their mini "Classic" consoles.

The developer and publisher has already released classic versions of the NES and SNES for the modern era pre-packaged with dozens of games built into the system, including Street Fighter 2 Turbo, and now a follow-up appears to be on the horizon for Nintendo's third home console.

Nintendo recently filed a trademark application for 'N64' in Japan for "TV Game Machines, TV Game Programs, Downloadable Digital Programs, ROM cartridges, Smartphone use Program Storage Media and more" according to Siliconera. This is not a hard confirmation of a Nintendo 64 Classic console, but it sounds fairly close to it.

The Nintendo 64 had a plethora of iconic titles with the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Super Mario 64 and GoldenEye 007 though it also brought memorable fighting game additions with the original Super Smash Bros, Killer Instinct and ClayFighter.

For the previous classic Nintendo consoles, most games on the system were developed/ published by Nintendo themselves, but they do include games from a variety of other large publishers including Capcom, Konami and Square Enix meaning fighters from other publishers are certainly not off of the table.

Let's take a look at some of the more notable choices for fighting games that could pop up on a Nintendo 64 Classic console, and be sure to tell us in the comments what games you would like to see in the mini collection.

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Battle Arena Melbourne 10 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Big happenings this weekend in Melbourne, Australia.

Battle Arena Melbourne is back for its 10th installment, and it's going to be the a Masters Event for the Tekken World Tour, so you know a bunch of top Tekken players from Asia are going to show up down under to try and grab those points.

It is also a Ranking Event for the Capcom Pro Tour, and while it's not as stacked as you might hope, being on the same weekend as France's Stunfest, a Premier Event for the tour, some top players chose to attend here instead.

Besides these two games, the event will also feature tournaments in Dragon Ball FighterZ, Super Smash Bros. 4, Super Smash Bros. Melee, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Mortal Kombat XL, Injustice 2, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Street Fighter Alpha 2, Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st] and Skullgirls: 2nd Encore.

As for players attending, pretty much anyone who's anyone from Asia's Tekken scene will show up, but for a short list of names for various games, you can expect to see FOX|JDCR, FOX|Tokido, ROX|Knee, UYU|Qudans, Alliance|Armada, Fursan|Verloren, RZR|Xian, FOX|Saint, Fursan|LowHigh, ROX|Chanel, Kkokkoma, COOASGAMES|Noroma, Yamasa|Take, iG|Jiewa and many more.

Streaming is being done at Tekken, New Game Plus TV, Melbourne Melee, Firery, Burnout Fighter, Virtua Fighter Australia and Couch Warriors Smash.

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Mortal Kombat 11 inbound? Series co-creator Ed Boon potentially hinting at something 'kool' for 2018

We are rapidly coming up on E3 2018 and fans of NetherRealm Studios are expecting / hoping for a big Mortal Kombat 11 reveal.

It's about that time for Sub-Zero, Scorpion, Raiden, and company to return to battle with the gory, brutal kombat the franchise is known for.

As he is known to do, Mortal Kombat series co-creator Ed Boon dropped a not so subtle hint on Twitter yesterday in response to a follower's comment. Twitter user Isaiah Ross let Boon know that it would be cool to see a Fighter Pack #4 for Injustice 2 in 2018.

Boon had this to say on the matter: "You know what ELSE would be kool.....?" There's only one thing in the fighting game community that takes the letter "C" and replaces it with "K" -- it's Mortal Kombat.

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YouTube appears to be red flagging certain Mortal Kombat-related terms; content creator reports demonetization for specific sequences and phrases

Just a few days back we ran a video from Maximilian in which he offered some observations/warnings about posting Mortal Kombat content on YouTube, and today's findings further legitimize the cause for concern.

With the potential for a Mortal Kombat 11 at an all time high, YouTubers are certainly preparing to start churning out content that highlights the franchise's trademark over the top violence, but quite possibly won't be able to... at least not for any kind of monetary gain.

History Behind the Warrior saw that same video from Max, and decided to do a bit of digging and testing of his own to try to get an idea of YouTube's policies and practices for MK videos.

Including certain phrases like "X-Ray" or "Fatality" seemed to prompt near immediate response from YouTube, though "Brutality" did not. It also seems like general gameplay videos don't get demonetized as quickly, or sometimes at all.

Nothing is set in stone here and these are single example observations that we should certainly take with a grain of salt until we get some sort of official statement or rule set on the matter.

That said, it really is starting to look like videos showcasing some of MK's more graphic content will not be monetized. Check out the video for yourself and let us know what you think in the comments afterwards.

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This Shao Kahn statue is awesome, stupidly huge and might cost more than your car

Expensive collector's figures and statues are nothing new for video game and anime enthusiasts, but this new statue here might take the gory cake for its massive size and equally massive price tag.

Pop Culture Shock Collectibles is releasing a new statue for the brutal ruler of Outworld first introduced in Mortal Kombat 2, Shao Kahn, and it's going to cost a whopping $1,500 to get your hands on.

Probably the biggest contributor to this statue's price is its fitting size for the emperor on his throne. This Shao Kahn is 1:3 scale, so he comes in at 35-inches tall according to Destructoid.

Only 300 of these monster figures are going to be produced with 100 as "EX" models which will include LEDs and a swappable Onaga head to place in his hand if you so choose.

Pre-orders for the Shao Kahn statue are now open with payment plans available for those fans that need this villain in their lives, but don't want to drop over a grand all at once. These statues are estimated to ship out sometime between June and August of 2019.

You can check out Shao Kahn and his three-feet of glory in the gallery below, and let us know the craziest collector figure you've ever come across in the comments.

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The future of Mortal Kombat on YouTube is going to be tough: Max warns content creators about YouTube's advertising changes

Mortal Kombat is one of the reasons the ESRB was created due to its graphic violence and fatalities in the 90's and it still retains that stigma to this day (maybe for good reason).

Fighting game streamer and content creator Maximilian has been discussing YouTube's change in monetization policy lately on places like Twitter and finally put together those thoughts into a video on his channel as a way to spread the message and warn other content creators (or Kontent Kreators) about what to possibly avoid for their channel, specifically for Mortal Kombat.

Youtube's more recent guideline changes further dictate how videos need to be "advertiser friendly" to be successfully monetized, and it seems that any video featuring Mortal Kombat or has its title or terms like blood, fatality or brutality in the title or tags will be demonetized although other games like Call of Duty seem mostly okay (for now).

Even the manual review process is not favorable to the content creator in these circumstances though getting videos flagged for not being "ad friendly" will not harm your channel like a copyright strike, but repeated flags can affect the monetization of your future videos and put a more watchful eye on your channel according to Max.

Max also mentions that some of his Boss Rage videos had to be removed from his channel due to YouTube's changes and were "threatening certain aspects of his channel" and even his live action videos with Jason and the Predator have also been demonetized

These changes will not affect the content he will produce for his channel going forward, but Max is worried about smaller channels trying to gain traction on the platform. You can check out Max's full video after the jump.

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Game Over 2018 results ft. MenaRD, Justin Wong, Brolynho, K-Brad, Caba

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend will see the Game Over 2018 event taking place in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

This is a Capcom Pro Tour ranking event, so points are on the line for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition.

Besides this, the event will also feature tournament play for Dragon Ball FighterZ, Super Smash Bros. 4, Mortal Kombat XL, Injustice 2 and King of Fighters 14.

Players attending include, but are not limited to, RISE|MenaRD, FOX|Justin Wong, F3|Brolynho, Ghost|K-Brad, GAM|Caba, CYG|Chris Tatarian, ESPR|Mono and SB|DoomSnake507.

With around 80 entrants for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, it'll be interesting to see how well the local Dominican fighters manage to protect their home turf against international invaders, and there's bound to be a lot of hype matches going on.

Streaming is being done at GAM Stream TV.

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If Mortal Kombat 11 happens, which horror icons should make it in as guest characters?

With the very real possibility of a new Mortal Kombat game on the horizon, it's about become that time again... guest character speculation.

Surely there will be those who feel it's too early for such a discussion considering we haven't yet gotten an official announcement of the game itself and that it's probably a higher priority to talk legacy fighters once we do.

We're actually not talking guests from any and all reaches of pop culture, but instead focusing specifically on the horror genre of media. With Freddie Krueger, Jason Vorheese, Predator, Leatherface and Alien making their way into recent MK titles, this has been something NetherRealm studios has been very much about lately.

While I'm most certain we'll eventually see an original article on this subject from our resident horror fan, Dreamking, I'm turning to History Behind the Warrior's latest video.

I will say that, considering the aforementioned trend in MK games, it's all but expected that we'll get Michael Myers of the Halloween franchise should MK11 indeed come to fruition.

History Behind the Warrior brings up a point on that matter: most all guest horror characters had a film in development when they were put into MK, because cross promotion is a great business practice. In unrelated news, there's a new Halloween film slated for release this October.

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We're excited for God of War this week, so let's take a look back at Kratos' various fighting game appearances

Tomorrow, Kratos makes his grand return to the gaming world with the release of God of War on PlayStation 4. Leaving the Greek mythology in the past and exchanging it for a Norse theme, the ruthless warrior takes on an all new challenge: fatherhood.

It's rare that the entire EventHubs staff is excited to play an upcoming game -- especially one that's not fighting-centric. However, each one of us on the team is looking forward to getting time in with the latest major installment in the God of War series -- AdaptiveTrigger, Velociraptor, and myself especially.

While we wait for the game's release, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at Kratos' journey into the fighting game realm. So far, he's been a playable character in three different series.

From going toe-to-toe with colorful ninja to clashing with... whatever Voldo is, the god of war has stood opposite plenty of interesting foes.

Let's dive right into Kratos' trek through fighting games.

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Could Raiden be the next major Mortal Kombat villain? History Behind the Warrior explores candidates for the big boss of a new MK installment

We haven't heard any official news for another installment in the Mortal Kombat franchise, but with NetherRealm Studios producing a major fighter every two years or so and E3 being just around the corner, we're considering holding our breath for an MK 11.

Plenty of Kombat fans are doing the same, and History Behind the Warrior has been speculating quite a bit about what we might see should we get a new installment.

From individual character arcs to general story landscape, HBTW has been producing videos left and right as he theorizes about potential avenues the franchise could go down.

Today we take a look at the potential main antagonist of MK11, backed up by themes and apparent directions set up by past games like Mortal Kombat X.

NetherRealm Studios has become the standard in fighting game story telling, and so exploring the MKX narrative (as well as those of games previous) gives us some pretty interesting leads.

The most enticing of these is probably the theory that series Director Ed Boon and his team are shaping up for a story wherein Raiden, one of the series' most benevolent figures, takes a heel turn and fights for the bad guys this time around.

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Members of the original Mortal Kombat cast reunite for nostalgic panel experience at Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo

It's been 26 years since we saw our first flawless victories, and now those of us that grew up playing (and sometimes hiding from mom) Mortal Kombat are in for a treat.

Instead of going with more traditional hand-drawn animation, the original Mortal Kombat crew used digitized sprites after filming actors, which led to the game's more realistic imagery.

Seven of those actors that helped shape our childhoods got together for a panel at Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) to chat with us about their experiences making MK one and two, as well as what they've been up to since.

Specifically, the panel consisted of Daniel Pesina, (Johnny Cage, Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Reptile, Smoke, Noob Saibot) Elizabeth Malecki, (Sonya) Richard Divizio, (Kano, Baraka, Kabal, Quan Chi) Anthony Marquez, (Kung Lao) John Parrish, (Jax) Katalin Zamiar, (Kitana, Mileena, Jade) and Phillip Ahn (Shang Tsung).

These martial artists take a trip down memory lane with such stories as John Parrish's "fat period" and subsequent journey back to being fit. A trek that, at 53, would leave him in even better shape than his 27 year old "Jax-playing" self.

You can check out the 55 minute panel in the video below thanks to tabmok99.

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Here are the characters that might not be in a potential Mortal Kombat 11 because they're currently... uh... dead

E3 2018 is right around the corner. While we're expecting a lot of fighting game announcements this year -- due to the sheer amount of fighters currently on the market -- one thing fans are anxiously awaiting is the potential reveal of a new Mortal Kombat.

The assumption is that if a new game is announced, it'll be Mortal Kombat 11. This prospect is more than just wishful thinking, as NetherRealm Studios has a tendency to announce new games around this time.

Previously, we analyzed the release / announcement times for the Mortal Kombat and Injustice series. If NRS holds to form, MK11 has a good chance of being inbound.

With that in mind, the question of which characters might make it onto the roster arises. To help paint a more vivid picture of the current landscape, History Behind The Warrior put together a video analyzing which characters are deceased at the moment.

Kombatants such as Moloch, Kintaro, Havik, and even Mileena have all met their maker in one way or another since Mortal Kombat 9. The video pulls from the game's story modes, as well as the comic books to give us the nitty-gritty on what happened.

While death isn't a guarantee that a character won't be playable, knowing who's not around anymore gives us a potential glimpse at where NRS' focus might lie.

Death be damned, I recently listed five characters that need to be in the next Mortal Kombat. Here's hoping NRS answers my plea!

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Sub-Zero vs. Black Panther in Wrestlemania 34? Mustafa Ali and Cedric Alexander wrestled one another while wearing some awesome costumes

Wrestlemania 34 was a special pay-per-view event that went on last night. I imagine wrestling fans everywhere were paying attention to the fights that occurred on the main stage.

One of the fights pitted Mustafa Ali against Cedric Alexander. What was most interesting about their match were the costumes that they chose to wear.

Fighting game fans were sure to recognize who they were cosplaying as. Mustafa Ali came out while wearing a classic Mortal Kombat outfit.

Apparently Mustafa Ali had joined the Lin Kuei as he came out dressed as Sub-Zero. His opponent might've been frozen in fear had he not come prepared too...

Cedric Alexander donned a special Blank Panther costume. Recently, Black Panther appeared in the Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite fighting game.

What are the odds that we'll someday see a Marvel vs. Mortal Kombat fighting game in the future? Probably not too high, but this was pretty cool to see all the same.

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Five characters that need to be in the next Mortal Kombat game

We're not too far off from the biggest video game expo of the year, E3. With this year being so large for fighting games -- if you're not sure what I'm talking about, you can check out our breakdown here -- we are expecting some big reveals at the event this June.

Injustice 2 is hitting its one year anniversary soon, and it's a good time to start talking about what's next for Nether Realm Studios. We're still enjoying the DC Comics brawler, but the company has a tendency of announcing their next big project about a year after their most recent release.

Since NRS has been alternating between Mortal Kombat and Injustice, it is not outside the (nether) realm of possibility that the next installment in the brutal fighting series is in the works. If it is, we might be seeing it revealed as soon as E3.

With that in mind, today we're going to talk about five characters that need to be in the next Mortal Kombat game.

The most recent title in the series, Mortal Kombat X, had a slew of legendary characters on the playable roster. Hell, we even saw Horror film icons such as Friday The 13th's Jason, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre's Leatherface, and the Xenomoprh from Alien enter the fray.

However, there were several heavy-hitters from Mortal Kombat that did not make their way into the cast. Let's take a look at some of the characters that should definitely return in a potential Mortal Kombat 11.

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