Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge

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Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge
Promotional poster
Directed byEthan Spaulding
Produced by
  • Rick Morales
  • Jim Krieg
Screenplay byJeremy Adams
Based onMortal Kombat
by Ed Boon & John Tobias
Music by
  • John Jennings Boyd
  • Eric V. Hachikian
Edited byRobert Ehrenreich
Distributed byWarner Bros. Home Entertainment
Release date
  • April 14, 2020 (2020-04-14)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States

Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge is a 2020 American direct-to-video adult animated martial arts film based on the Mortal Kombat franchise created by Ed Boon and John Tobias. South Korean studio Mir animated the film and was produced by Warner Bros. Animation. It marks the first Mortal Kombat based property to be produced at Warner Bros. Animation after its parent company acquired the franchise in 2009 from Midway Games, and the first Mortal Kombat animated project since the 1996 animated series Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm, featuring co-creator Ed Boon involved as creative consultant.[1] The film centers around the titular character seeking his revenge on those who murdered his family and clan after being resurrected by Quan Chi, while Johnny Cage, Liu Kang and Sonya Blade are chosen to participate on the Mortal Kombat tournament for the fate of Earthrealm.

The film was released on April 14, 2020 on digital, and was followed on April 28, 2020 as 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD releases.[2]


In Japan, Shirai Ryu grandmaster Hanzo Hasashi and his young son Satoshi are ambushed on their way home by several ninjas from the rival Lin Kuei clan. Hasashi kills them all after discovering that the Lin Kuei have slaughtered the rest of the Shirai Ryu, including his wife Harumi. The Lin Kuei's Grandmaster Sub-Zero appears, uses his freezing abilities to restrain Hanzo in ice, and then murders Satoshi. He then impales Hanzo through the neck with an icicle, killing him. Deep below in the depths of the Netherrealm, Hasashi is mysteriously resurrected and meets with the sorcerer Quan Chi, who persuades Hanzo to fight for him in the Mortal Kombat tournament so that he can exact his revenge on Sub-Zero. Hanzo agrees, dubbing himself Scorpion.

Meanwhile, the thunder god Raiden and the Shaolin monk Liu Kang make preparations to defend Earthrealm by participating in the Mortal Kombat tournament, hosted by the aging warlock Shang Tsung. The tournament's victor will battle Goro to decide the fate of Earthrealm. The pair are accompanied by out-of-work Hollywood actor Johnny Cage and Special Forces agent Sonya Blade, with both having their own reasons for participating: Sonya is in pursuit of Black Dragon crime syndicate leader Kano, and Johnny believes that he is participating in a film project.

Upon arrival on Shang Tsung's island, Scorpion attempts to steal Shinnok's amulet on Quan Chi's orders, but Raiden persuades him not to follow through on the deal. Meanwhile, Cage, Liu, and Sonya witness Sonya's partner Jackson "Jax" Briggs being grievously injured by the tournament's champion Goro until Raiden intervenes. During the course of the tournament, Johnny barely claims victory over Baraka before realizing he’s in an actual tournament, Sonya successfully garrotes Reptile, and Liu fights Kitana, emerging as the winner when she yields. In an attempt to stop the Earthrealm heroes, Kano has his assassins infiltrate the island to kill them, but they are all killed by Scorpion. While attempting to fight Kano, Sub-Zero appears and helps deal with the assassins, but a vengeful Scorpion tackles him off a bridge into a spike pit, impaling them both and killing Sub-Zero. Johnny and Sonya pursue Kano in order to rescue Jax while Liu rushes to Shang Tsung's throne room.

Quan Chi appears before Scorpion and reveals that he was directly responsible for the slaughter of the Shirai Ryu, having disguised himself as Sub-Zero and manipulated the Lin Kuei into doing his bidding and that the real Sub-Zero had no part in the massacre. Enraged, Scorpion removes himself from the spike to exact revenge. At the climax of the tournament, Liu almost suffers the same fate as Jax during his match with Goro, but is saved when Scorpion kills Goro with his kunai, while Johnny, Sonya, and Jax successfully kill Kano. Shang Tsung attempts to have Scorpion fight Liu, but Scorpion takes Tsung hostage and willingly forfeits his status as a fighter, securing Liu's position as the victor of the tournament. After Shang Tsung retreats to Outworld, the island begins to collapse, with the Earthrealm heroes evacuating to a nearby boat, while Scorpion succeeds in killing Quan Chi in combat before joining his family and clan in the afterlife.

In the aftermath, Shang Tsung is tortured by Shao Kahn for his failure before being ordered to make preparations for the invasion of Earthrealm.

Voice cast[edit]


Reports of a new animated Mortal Kombat film was hinted at in January 2019 as a tie in to the upcoming live action reboot film Mortal Kombat.[3] A year later, the animated film was announced officially as Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge. The film sees Patrick Seitz returning to voice Scorpion from previous installments after not returning to the role in Mortal Kombat 11 (where he was replaced by Ron Yuan), along with Steve Blum as Sub-Zero from previous installments, Grey Griffin voicing Kitana properly after previously turning down the role in Mortal Kombat X due to her pregnancy at the time[4] and Kevin Michael Richardson reprising his role as Goro for the first time in twenty-five years since the 1995 film. Ed Boon confirmed on his Twitter account that the film will receive an "R" rating, marking the first time a Mortal Kombat film has been rated R.[5]

The first trailer was released online on January 28, 2020.[6] A red-band trailer for the film was released on March 8, 2020 during the "Final Kombat" tournament following the trailer debut of Mortal Kombat 11 guest fighter, Spawn.[7]


Home media[edit]


The film earned $508,501 from domestic DVD sales and $2,126,194 from domestic Blu-ray sales, bringing its total home video earning to $2,634,695.[8]


Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 89% based on 19 reviews, with an average rating of 7.35/10.[9]


Jeremy Adams expressed interest in doing a sequel and teased his vision about it:

“Bigger,” Adams teases. “That’s all I can say about that. I absolutely do hope that happens. I don’t know anything else besides that. But yeah, my hope is that this gets a theatrical release at some point. I hope someday maybe they do like a Fathom event or something, just to get fans to go to the theater because I think it’d be a really fun audience participation thing.”



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  2. ^ Gary Miereanu (2020-01-30). "Gary Miereanu on Twitter: ""Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge" arrives 4/12 on Digital & 4/28 on 4K/Blu-ray/DVD!"". Retrieved 2020-04-20.
  3. ^ "RTF EXCLUSIVE: Joel McHale and Jennifer Carpenter Will Lead the Cast of an Animated MORTAL KOMBAT Movie!". 2019-01-10.
  4. ^ Grey DeLisle-GriffinVerified account. "Grey DeLisle-Griffin on Twitter: "The lovely Karen Strassman had to take over the story lines when I had my baby...but the ass-kicking is ALL ME! #MortalKombatX"". Retrieved 2020-04-20.
  5. ^ Ed Boon (2020-01-24). "Ed Boon on Twitter: "What do all these films have in common? - Joker Movie - Killing Joke animated film - Mortal Kombat animated film‌ "". Retrieved 2020-04-20.
  6. ^ "'Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge' Revealed in Epic First Trailer". 2020-01-28.
  7. ^ Published on Mar 8, 2020 (2020-03-08). "Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge - Red Band Trailer". YouTube. Retrieved 2020-04-20.
  8. ^ "Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpions's Revenge (2020) The Numbers Listing". The Numbers. Retrieved October 20, 2020.
  9. ^ "Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge (2020)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
  10. ^ Knight, Rosie (April 15, 2020). "Will a Mortal Kombat: Scorpion's Revenge Sequel Happen?". Den of Geek. Retrieved July 6, 2020.

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