As leaked a long, long time ago, everybody’s favorite hellbound revenge-crazed superhero (that isn’t Ghost Rider), Spawn, is coming to Mortal Kombat 11. The character was recently confirmed as the final addition to the MK Kombat Pack, alongside Mortal Kombat mainstays like Nightwolf, Sindel and Shang Tsung and guest stars the Terminator-800 and Joker. He’ll be the final character to be released, too, arriving on March 24th, 2020 (which feels like a very long way away).
It’ll be nice to see Spawn back in some respect though, as Todd McFarlane’s new movie featuring the antihero seems to have hit the skids. Despite boasting a star-studded cast, a low budget and a script that apparently takes a very interesting angle on superhero fare, studios are yet to bite on it. Spawn’s inclusion in Mortal Kombat 11 may even be a way to boost his profile in a last-ditch hope of getting the film off the ground.
Whatever the reasons, at least they’re doing it right. NetherRealm have secured the services of Keith David, the original voice actor from the 1990s animated series Todd McFarlane’s Spawn. That show was top class adult animated fare, and if they’re taking cues from it, then expect some truly grisly and hellish fatalities involving the character’s signature chains.
Fans with long memories will know that this isn’t the first time Spawn has guest starred in a fighting game, either. Way back in 2002, Namco released Soulcalibur II for the Xbox, Playstation 2 and GameCube, with each system having an exclusive character. The PlayStation version had Heihachi from Tekken, the GameCube version boasted Link from The Legend of Zelda and the Xbox version starred, you guessed it, Spawn. He was an interesting addition, too, fighting with a brutal-looking serrated axe and using his chains as long-range attacks. Let’s hope that come 2020, Mortal Kombat 11 can harness some of that brutality.