News Archive - May, 2022
Mortal Kombat Socks Add Kick to Every Step
MK klassics and crossover foes!

Whether you're shopping for yourself, or in need of a cheesy gift for a kombat dad, there's no better feeling than a fresh pair of socks! Now you can wear Mortal Kombat on your feet and turn your shoes into the arena with a wardrobe of character apparel. Take a look:

Crossover Sox will have you walking on air with seven klassic kombatants ready to mix it up with opponents from DC Comics, Street Fighter, and more. It's a multiverse in your moccasins in time for the 30th Anniversary of the original Mortal Kombat arcade extravaganza!

The MK range so far includes Liu Kang, Raiden, Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Sonya Blade, Kano, and the "uncommon" limited edition Goro socks that go a champion's fee of $2 more than the standard $16!


If buying multiple pairs sounds like a recipe for lost socks -- you can get ahead of the game by ordering from the MK vs DC Universe Mix & Match menu!

For the same $16 as an ordinary pair you can turn your feet into foes with five pairings of MK and DC crossover sock opponents: Scorpion v Batman, Raiden v Superman, Sonya v Wonder Woman, Liu Kang v The Flash, or Sub-Zero v The Joker.


Which ones will you wear? Share your review of Crossover Sox in the comments below and maintain the rage with more licensed product news & reviews in the Media & Merchandise forum. Or stay radically retro and go back to the nineties with the 2D Kombat Klassics forum!

Mortal Kombat Aims to Embrace Weird Universe in Movie Sequel
Writer discusses script progress in new interview.

At the start of the year we learned Jeremy Slater has joined development of a sequel to last year's Mortal Kombat film reboot. The Moon Knight writer has offered an update on the new script, learning lessons from the first movie, and the "weird universe" it's based on.

Slater spoke to The Direct, revealing work on the sequel script is about "halfway through". Although no details were shared about the follow-up plot, the writer notes that he's working closely with the director, studio, and NetherRealm Studios, to "take everything that worked in the first one and do it even better and give the audience even more" for a "satisfying" and "unpredictable" sequel.

The first film surprised die hard fans by eschewing the tournament plot of the original game, introducing a pre-emptive strike on created-for-the-movie chosen one: Cole Young (Lewis Tan). The very loose adaptation proved divisive, and Slater notes the filmmakers have reviewed their work, "... I think they definitely learned some lessons the last time around in terms of, ‘Here’s the stuff fans responded to, and here’s what people liked out of the movie, and here’s the stuff that didn’t work out as well as we hoped.' "

A cliffhanger at the end of the first installment sets up the anticipated arrival of Johnny Cage, but that won't mean a more grounded adventure. Referencing to his recent success with Marvel's Disney+ streaming service, Slater rules out an "MCU" tone, but adds "We have guys who are ripping off their faces and breathing fire—it’s a weird universe, let's embrace some of that weirdness..." Read the full remarks below:

It’s really fun so far. We’re about halfway through the script. I’m working really closely with the director and the studios, and the game guys, and I think—I can’t say anything about the actual story, but I think they definitely learned some lessons the last time around in terms of, ‘Here’s the stuff fans responded to, and here’s what people liked out of the movie, and here’s the stuff that didn’t work out as well as we hoped.' So we’re really looking at this as a chance to take everything that worked in the first one and do it even better and give the audience even more, and make something that is just incredibly satisfying, and really exciting, and unpredictable."

"I don’t think it’s necessarily going to have the same tone as the MCU, but it’s definitely going to have some of my sensibilities. That was part of my pitch to them. This is Mortal Kombat. We have guys who are ripping off their faces and breathing fire—it’s a weird universe, let's embrace some of that weirdness, and let’s make a Mortal Kombat sequel that no one is expecting and that can kind of sneak in and blow everyone away. We’re still really early in that process, but I’m having a blast with this script.”

Marvel was a reference point for producers overseeing the film, and with HBO Max still touting its massive success, it's easy to see the franchise potential for the fighting game franchise -- celebrating its thirtieth anniversary later this year.

Disney has successfully been able to separate Marvel Studios from the decades sprawling comic book multiverse of Marvel Comics, but with Mortal Kombat starting so far removed from the celebrated storytelling of the eleven game series, the most surprising way to give moviegoers something they don't expect may be a more faithful adaptation.

[Related Article: Review: Mortal Kombat Hacks Into Franchise Reboot]

What kind of weirdness do you hope to see in a Mortal Kombat sequel? What would you like to see return from the first film? Share your thoughts in the comments below and find & discuss more stories in the Media & Merchandise forum.

MK30: The Trials of Digitizing Raiden & His Hat
Capturing a thunder god's image isn't easy!

Series co-creator Ed Boon has continued to thrill with excerpts of the filming process from the first Mortal Kombat. The game that started it all celebrates its 30th Anniversary later this year, which means its already been that long since Raiden created a unique challenge! Watch:

Master of motion Carlos Pesina is captured in this excerpt from filming sessions, which shows capturing the image of a thunder god is no easy feat! John Tobias is charged with adjusting Raiden's iconic hat as it jostles out of position in the throes of dealing and receiving Mortal Kombat's deadly moves.

Recounting the scene to micro-blogging service Twitter, Ed Boon notes: "Over the 2 days we filmed Carlos as Raiden, his hat fell off countless times. To this day, I’m shocked we used only a rubber band to keep it on. WTF were we thinking? Carlos was a great sport during all this, especially while performing “knocked down” motions."

Adjusting the hat once Pesina was knocked down meant corrected frames could be stitched into the end of animation, but for a "kip up" hop to resume standing - the hat could not be secured. Necessity being the mother of all invention, this was the moment that inspired Raiden's electrically charged teleport -- an intuitive use of his godly nature to skip straight to stance.

Mortal Kombat has always been economic with its use of assets and Boon elabortes, "We liked that solution (and effect) so much that we ended up giving Raiden a (now iconic) teleport move using the same animation."

We can also witness the moment disaster strikes when a flip ends with Carlos Pesina crashing down on the conical hat. It's a story recounted in 'character card' vignettes included with Mortal Kombat: Deception. The hat was repaired and reused throughout the two day shoot.

What are your memories of Raiden's debut appearance? Share your thoughts in the comments below and discover more stories in the 2D Kombat Klassics forum -- including the creation of Scorpion's spear and Sub-Zero's stance!

Mortal Kombat 30th Anniversary
10/08/2022 12:00 AM EDT
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