Before the next Mortal Kombat 2, the perfect franchise spin-off would be a martial arts movie “starring” Johnny Cage.
A perfect mortal combat spin-off would see Johnny Cage star in his own solo martial arts film. mortal combat is an embarrassment of riches when it comes to iconic characters, from Sub-Zero to Scorpion or Liu Kang and Sonya Blade. One of the biggest fan favorites would have to be Johnny Cage, who in the gaming world is an action movie star in the vein of Jean-Claude Van Damme. Indeed, the creators of mortal combat wanted Van Damme in the game, and Cage’s look, moves, and personality were modeled after the star.
Van Damme also turned down the role of Johnny Cage in 1995 mortal combat film, ironically opting for the role of Guile in the street fighter adaptation instead. Cage’s brash and arrogant persona has made him a beloved part of the franchise, though he was notably absent from the 2021 film reboot. Cage in a sequel, with names like Scott Adkins, The Miz and even Jean-Claude Van Damme tossed around in fan circles over who might take on the role.
mortal combat is a franchise with so many characters and mythology that there’s nearly endless potential for spinoffs outside of numbered entries. Mortal Kombat 2 was confirmed to be in development in early 2022, and it will no doubt feature the titular tournament, which the first movie eschewed in favor of bringing together the main fighters. Cage’s arrival in Mortal Kombat 2 is also highly anticipated, but if the series is to grow, the perfect spin-off would have to be a Johnny Cage martial arts action adventure unrelated to the overarching story. It could be a modest-budget, straight-to-HBO Max affair that functions as a solid action movie in its own right, while also introducing Cage’s movie star persona.
Mortal Kombat 2021 ending introduced the perfect title with the poster for Citizen cagewhile the games also listed other Johnny Cage movies like the mime ninja series, dragon fist, You have been caged and much more. This theoretical spin-off could be a throwback to the kinds of martial arts movies starring Dolph Lundgren or Van Damme, while adding some mortal combat Easter eggs. Assuming he casts a true martial artist on the level of Adkins or even Van Damme as Cage, he could display the actor’s fighting prowess as well.
Not only would this Johnny Cage movie be a fun meta-spin-off for the series, but it might also whet the appetite for Mortal Kombat 2. Warner Bros will want to build on the success of the original mortal combat, and a Cage solo movie could be a unique and relatively inexpensive way (at least compared to the budget of the first film) to test the waters outside of the main entries. Whether the studio sees the point in going the route is another question.
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