Comic book icon Spawn is one of three guest characters still to come in future DLC for Mortal Kombat 11. Creator Todd McFarlane is never short for words and had plenty to say about what he's seen so far when he was interviewed at San Diego Comic-Con. Watch:

The "Toddfather" was positively gushing when he talked to IGN! He wasn't allowed to spill the beans on every detail just yet, but said he's been seeing material throughout development and he's impressed!

McFarlane said his one condition for including Spawn was that NetherRealm Studios make him the most appealing character to Mortal Kombat players. That carte blanche approach sounds like it's paying dividends for diehards on both sides of the franchise divide, with the writer/creator impressed by deepcut references the developer has mined from specific back issues!

"I don't know if you've seen the game, but it's super-cool now! I mean, they're doing crazy stuff in that game! Right? And I went, you can do it, but I sort of only have really one condition. This thing needs to be so cool - from a Mortal Kombat fan's point of view. Not a Spawn point of view! You will have done your job, and I will be proud of you, if somebody download's this character at some point - doesn't even know who it is! They go, 'I dunno, his name is Prawn, or Spam, or something, but he's my favourite character to play!'. 'Cause if you hit that in your game, then you're gonna make all my Spawn fans happy!"

Spawn was created and published independently by Todd McFarlane and Image Comics in 1992 -- just a few months before the first Mortal Kombat took arcades. The story of mercenary Al Simmons and his deal with the devil is right at home with the likes of Scorpion. As is his attitude towards violence. That could be the reason McFarlane has been gungho for this crossover since 2014 and during Mortal Kombat X.

Spawn was officially announced in the Shang Tsung & Kombat Pack announce trailer. You can get a hint of what's to come in recent sketch teasers, alongside next Kombat Pack fighter Nightwolf, who can be seen in a short teaser trailer. Does the hype have you? Share your thoughts in the comments below and join the discussion in the Mortal Kombat 11 forum!