NetherRealm Studios is officially bringing characters such as Homelander and Omni-Man into the world of Mortal Kombat 1 via its first DLC Kombat Pack… but what have they got in store for their second Kombat Pack?
As of writing, the playable and Kameo characters for the second Mortal Kombat DLC remain unannounced. So, we’ve decided to come up with a list of playable characters who should be next to join NetherRealm’s iconic tournament.
Now, we’re not saying that every character in the list below should be included in the second Kombat Pack because that… well, that just wouldn’t be possible.
However! We are saying that these characters should at least be considered when picking who will be next to face off against the likes of Johnny Cage or Shang Tsung in Mortal Kombat 1, along with some honourable mentions at the bottom.
This list is not ranked, each character is listed in no particular order.
Valak aka “The Nun”
First, on the list, we have Valak aka The Nun from Warner Bros. Pictures’ Conjuring universe, a worthy contender and a smart choice when considering that it’s an in-house owned property.
Valak may not be known for being the biggest conversationalist but she does have the ability to possess other people to get her point across, an element that could see her opening cinematics mixed with other MK characters under her possession.
Adding Valak into Mortal Kombat 1 could also be an advantage for Warner Bros. as it would coincide with The Nun 2, most likely for its digital release as its theatrical debut will long be done with.
Middle-earth’s Witch King of Angmar
Another character that would send both Mortal Kombat and The Lord of the Rings fans into a geek frenzy is none other than the sinister Nazgûl leader known as the Witch King of Angmar.
Putting Tolkien’s legal rights aside, the Witch King would be a brilliant addition due to having various iconic weapons that could make up for a brilliant set of possible combo variations.
Unlike the beforementioned Valak, the Witch King does speak and even enjoys taunting his enemies during battle just as he does to Éowyn in The Return of the King, providing room to play with his dialogue for opening cinematics.
The fatalities alone would just be wicked.
The Bride from Kill Bill
The Bride played by Uma Thurman in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill movies has been a fan favourite demand as a potential DLC character for NetherRealm to consider.
Despite the many years of requests, suggestions, and demands… The Bride has yet to join the video game franchise in any of its past Kombat Packs.
It’s safe to say that her fighting style mixed with her knowledge of various weapons would make her a worthy contender.
Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine
Marvel’s Wolverine is one of the most famous characters in both the comics and live-action movies, most famously played in live-action by Hugh Jackman.
Jackman has starred as the sharp-clawed mutant in just a few short of a dozen X-Men movies, along with starring alongside Ryan Reynolds in Marvel Studios’ Deadpool 3.
It’s well-known that a “Marvel Vs. DC” NetherRealm game is one of the most highly requested projects post-Injustice, however, Wolverine would also be a great fit for the brutal tournament.
Can you imagine Wolverine’s fatalities? The potential gore? It would be a dream come true for, let’s be honest, everyone who is a fan of both MK and Wolverine.
Pennywise the Dancing Clown
Back to the world of Warner Bros.-owned IPs, the live-action Pennywise most recently played by Bill Skarsgård in the two It movies has been on many lists in the past for characters that need to be in Mortal Kombat.
However, it should be noted that Tim Curry’s adaptation of the dancing clown should also be highly considered, as Curry’s original performance may be the reason why the reboot was made in the first place.
Curry’s Pennywise impacted millions around the world back when it aired on TV, so he at least deserves an equipable skin – or maybe as a quick cameo during a fatality, perhaps?
Brad Dourif’s Chucky
If this list was ranked… Chucky would have been a close winner.
Chucky’s kill count alone should automatically qualify him as a Mortal Kombat contender, but just to be clear, not the Child’s Play remake, the original movie now turned TV Chucky that is voiced by Brad Dourif.
You could even throw in “Chucky’s Bride” Tiffany on the side for finishers, or even add them both in as a paired DLC character titled “Chucky & Tiffany”.
Venom, and any form of Venom, has also been a typical addition to lists such as this, and for good reason too. His unique look and brutal fighting style, including the eating people part, would make for an extremely entertaining playable MK character.
It’d also be funny to see Venom turn back into Eddie Brock, which could maybe be when you lose while playing as the character during the ending cinematic.
Theories that Vampires were coming to Mortal Kombat 1 have long been debunked, however, it goes without saying that Mileena’s new mouth design bears resemblance to the character Jared Nomak in Wesley Snipe’s Blade 2.
That being said, Wesley Snipe’s version of Blade would absolutely kick a** in an MK setting, his dialogue alone should be enough to sway the game’s big bosses.
“Yeah… I’m thinking I’m back.”
Let’s be serious, you’d be lying if you said that John Wick doesn’t need to join the world of Mortal Kombat, you’d be lying to yourself and to the rest of us.
Keanu Reeves’ John Wick has become maybe one of his most iconic characters of all time, and that’s a huge achievement when considering his past roles such as The Matrix, and Bill & Ted, among the many more beloved projects.
If anything, Reeves himself should be added as himself due to the sheer amount of love and appreciation that the world of pop culture peeps has for him, however, his John Wick would make more sense!
Last on the main list but by far not the least, is Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley from the Alien franchise that changed the future of cinema forever, as well as garnering millions of fans that still crave for more of that world.
Weaver’s Ellen Ripley has been featured in games in the past, naturally. However, it just isn’t fair that the Xenomorph gets some time in the world of Mortal Kombat without also adding Ripley – it should go hand in hand.
— Worthy Mentions —
Now it’s time for some worthy mentions, see below for some other characters that would be awesome to see join the world of Mortal Kombat, starting with Van Helsing!
Yes, Hugh Jackman technically made it twice on this list, but not because of his skill at picking characters that live on for decades in pop culture, that’s just a coincidence.
Van Helsing makes it onto the worthy mentions list due to his primary target typically being supernatural beings and monsters, which Mortal Kombat 1 has plenty of.
Talking about Jackman, his performance as the iconic hunter known as Van Helsing may not have pleased the critics, but it did nearly double its budget at the box office as well as bring in countless fans who still re-watch the movie to this day.
Nemesis from Resident Evil
Resident Evil’s Nemesis would have made it onto the main list if not for his limited speech capabilities, which ranks him below the more dialogue-filled characters.
However, the S.T.A.R.S hunter deserves a spot on this list due to how well he would fit into the world of NetherRealm’s Mortal Kombat… Nemesis Vs. Goro? Yes, please!
Injustice and Injustice 2 already give gamers the chance to play as DC characters in a NetherRealm Studios game, along with DC skins being available for MK characters.
Regardless of that, it would be interesting to see a playable Doomsday face off against characters such as General Shao and Goro.
Angelina Jolie’s Tomb Raider
Last but not least, Angeline Jolie’s Lara Croft makes it onto this list as somebody who definitely deserves a chance to become a playable character one day in Mortal Kombat.
Jolie’s performance was simply iconic and despite the game originally debuting prior to Jolie’s movie, it would still be awesome to see a Jolie-Croft in the MK marketplace.
Mortal Kombat 1 releases on September 14 for early access with the Premium Edition and on the 19 for Standard Edition owners. It’ll be released on PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch and PC Via Epic Games Store and Steam.