Shinnok also sent back messages in time if not time traveled himself.It was made explicitly clear that the real Shinnok survived Armageddon. So it wouldn't be too much of a stretch to assume that he is aware of the future too. If anything, it would explain his and Quan-Chi's hyper competence.
Shao-Kahn will be brought back in the sequel to MK 2011.He'll come back with the help of Quan-chi's sorcery of course.
Mortal Kombat 10's story mode will allow the player to make decisions that can alter the story and the ending.Let's face it, anyone who was pissed at the climax of 9 will want this kind of thing.
Quan-Chi is manipulating Shinnok as well.At the end of MK 2011 it's shown that Quan-Chi's deception and manipulative streak truly knows no bounds, as shown as he was able to manipulate every little factor in the MK 2011 story with his treachery. He might as well been writing the story instead of the director's, that previous statement was an exaggeration but it was used to get the point across about how much of a manipulative puppet master Quan-Chi is. Unless Shinnok is planning to double-cross Quan-chi/or at least has an eye on him, Quan-chi will deceive Shinnok just as badly as he did Shao-Kahn.
Quan-Chi is Satan or MK's version of the Devil.Let's look at all the evidence: He's a master of the dark arts, he manipulates the undead and the souls, he can manipulate his opponents, making them do as he wish and EVEN making them snap their own necks, he makes deals with souls, he seems to inhabit the Netherrealm (MK's version of Hell), he's a backstabbing traitor who can play for many sides on a war (like with his partnership with Shinnok AND Shao Khan), he's also a manipulative bastard who will do anything to get his way such as killing Scorpion's Clan to make him his warrior, his intro includes him claiming that his opponent will be his slave in the Netherrealm AND his victory pose involves sitting in a throne made out of skeleton hands as he laughs maniacally. Oh, and also, he has a deep and cruel voice to boot.
The Chaosrealm in Mortal Kombat 9 Online is an impostor realm.The false Chaosrealm was created by Shang Tsung and Quan Chi to trap naive gamers much like they trapped Kung Lao in Mortal Kombat: Konquest.
Raiden and Shao Kahn used to be good friends.
Kira and Skarlet are two identities of the same secretive character.Skarlet and Kira are both one and the same character. The lack of background history on either alias due to her covert nature make this possible in addition to everything her two forms have in common.
Mileena is Obfuscating Stupidity in 9.And she plays the role beautifully. While it's true the events of the game benefit Quan Chi and Shinnok they also benefit Mileena a great deal. Remember when the Emperor was believed dead and Baraka asserted Mileena was next in line? That brief moment passed over quickly but it shows that the Emperor had enough faith in her abilities to hold that position. Notice how he doesn't deny Mileena's claim to the throne when he reveals himself seconds later? Also, notice how it's Baraka that makes the claim? She's already forged her alliance with him and likely the Tarkata in general despite only gaining life very recently, and is subtle enough to have Baraka push for her leadership, showing how she already has support without personally making an enemy of anyone. Notice how the only real rebuttal to her claim came from Shang Tsung? Now, what happened to him soon after? And who got beaten to death soon after that? Notice how it's her that brings Motaro back? How she just waltzes into the Emperor's chamber while even Kitana had to apologise for interupting? The Emperor clearly holds Mileena in much higher esteem and seems to trust her with authority, authority someone with a child's mind and obvious insanity should not be trusted with. The Emperor is not that stupid; he must know she's playing games with others and approves. Now with the Emperor and her primary competition gone, guess who's likely to be on the throne next game? One other thing, remember Mileena's storyline from the original timeline during three? Yeah.
Mileena has a potential for GoodShe may even actually BE Good, but just Brainwashed and Crazy. Check out Kitana's non-cannon ending. That's where I got this idea. I'm not saying that a Heel-Face Turn will happen, just that this might hint that it is possible.
Quan Chi and Kratos are brothers.It is also possible they are parallel existences
Smoke is Kakashi from Naruto and Chipp from Guilty Gear.He travels between Earthrealm, Guiltyrealm and Narutoria as realm crossing is a real part of Mortal Kombat. Alternatively all three worlds exist on the same timeline as Guilty Gear takes place a little over 100 years from the Mortal Kombat time likely based on our present. Naruto world can easily exist in the past or future. Many episodes from the original series after Sasuke went away start grabbing at old legends from the past in dire need of story material. If in the future, Guilty Gear technology is outlawed and magic plays an increasingly large role so the Naruto universe may well be the logical next step in civilization. Japan was destroyed in Guilty gear and Chipp was obsessed with becoming President. Perhaps upon achieving his ambition his goal was to turn the world into the next Japan which explains the dominant Japanese culture in Naruto. This too would justify Chipp as being a true Japanese as he would have redefined Japan in his image on a global scale.
Liu Kang, Shang Tsung, Kitana, Sheeva, and Cyrax' Arcade Ladder endings will be used in someway in MK 10.Even though I think it's safe to say this is a joke entry, but the likelihood of Cyrax's ending being made canon is certainly a strong possiblity Because he, along with Ermac and Reptile, are the villain from MK 9 who would most likely make a Heel-Face Turn and his ending can be reasonably reconciled with the story line. After all, the Earthrealm Defense is going to need to recruit as many warriors as it can to replenish its ranks after almost all of them died in MK 9. As for Liu Kang, He might return not just like any of Quan Chi's other Undead servants, but perhaps like a wraith like Noob Saibot and being merged with the living shadow Saibot to take out his wrath against Raiden and Outworld.
Liu Kang will become a Villain Protagonist in a future game.Of the Knight Templar variety
If ressurected Shang Tsung will become an Anti hero.related to the above theory about Shang Tsung's arcade ladder ending being used in MK 10
If Mortal Kombat vs DC universe does get a sequel......1.It will be no holds barred about killing the DC characters 2. Anytime a character swears, it will be censored with a Toasty, just to mock how tame the first one was
Shinnok is the One Being.Isn't it obvious? First of course there is the fact that Shinnok actively has the same set of goals (unify the realms) that the One Being needs to return despite being among the most ancient of gods and knowing full-well what will happen if he succeeds. Sure, so do Shao Khan and Onaga and the Deadly Alliance and, hell, probably Zombie Liu Kang can lay claim to the same, but they're all controlled by the One Being. We already know Shinnok can't be— which doesn't seem to extend to his fellow gods, as evidenced by Raiden. Beyond that, what are the chances that his personal MacGuffin just-so-happens to be the last piece needed to unify the Shinedogu and bring back the One Being?
Alternatively Shinnok was manipulated by the One Being into trying to take Earthrealm.
The Centaurs were cursed by Havik, not the Shokan.Think about it: during the time the Centaurs were cursed in Armageddon, they and the Shokan had an uneasy but stable peace treaty, and the Shokan were already heavily entrenched in a war between Edenia and Shao Kahn's forces (the former of which the Shokan were siding with); not only would the Shokan not have the kind of time or resources to commit to such a retaliation strike, but it would also be incredibly stupid of them, turning both the Centaurs and the Edenians against them for a pathetic attempt at petty revenge. However, such an outcome would be beneficial to Havik; his goal is to cause and sustain chaos wherever he can, and the peace treaty between the Shokan and Centaurs ceases the chaos that their blood feud created. Cursing the Centaurs and putting the blame on the Shokan would be exactly the thing to destabilize things and respark the chaos between them.
Alternatively, Goro cursed the Centaurs on orders from Shao Kahn.The Centaurs' curse would not only force them to strike back against the Shokan and break the treaty, but would also put suspicion on the Shokan by Edenia, which could also end things between them, as well. This, in turn, would force the Shokan to team back up with Shao Kahn, exactly what the Emperor promised Goro when he saved his life.
The Houan necromancers that Raiden killed are the species that Quan Chi belongs to.Very little is known about the Houan, except that they were a race of considerably powerful Necromancers, and that they were killed a considerable time ago by Raiden. Quan Chi himself is a fairly powerful necromancer, and while it makes sense that the art would be widely taught in the Netherealm, there's little evidence to support that. Also, all of the sorcerers in the Netherealm are forced to live in specialized metropolises to keep from having their powers drained, and to our knowledge, most if not all of the sorcerers there are still human souls and not Oni. Quan Chi, likewise, loses his magic the longer he stays in the unprotected wastes of the realm, hinting that either Magic itself is incompatible with the Netherealm (unlikely, especially considering Quan helped Shinnok take over, which he most likely would have to be in the unprotected wastes to do), or only human sorcerers are affected, which shouldn't affect Quan if he was always an Oni. Finally, it's been shown that a human soul can become an oni if they're corrupt enough and spent enough time in the Netherealm, so it's very possible that Quan was once a Houan that became an Oni long ago.
Raiden was corrupted by the One Being, after his failed suicide attempt against Onaga.We're told that the gods are immune from the One Being's influence due to not having a piece of it inside them. We're also told very explicitly that Onaga is being manipulated by the One Being to bring his body back together, so once Raiden blew himself up trying to stop him, it's possible he became "contaminated" with some of the One Being in the process, which stuck after he reformed. This explains why he went crazy after his resurrection, and why he didn't revert to a neutral, amnesiac thunder god, like Fujin explained should have happened. It also explains why he's so obsessed with killing Shujinko for releasing Onaga; the One Being knew that giving Shujinko the power to absorb the abilities and fighting techniques of others could backfire on him, and required the power of a god to kill him after he did his task, before he came to regret it and tried to reverse his mistake. Too bad things didn't go the way he planned...
In the film, Raiden is really Connor McLeod, after receiving the Prize.After receiving the wisdom and powers of all the immortals, Connor could practically be a god, and the lightning motif comes from the Quickenings. Like he was as an Immortal, he remains a warrior against evil, but he can't participate in the tournament because he's not a mortal. Of course, for this to work you have to ignore the epilogue of the first Highlander movie.
The "Armageddon" in Mortal Kombat Armageddon is actually the return of the One Being.Think about it: the gods foresaw the Mortal Kombat tournament and its participants causing the end of the realms as we know it. The tournament was used to determine who among warring realms would get to conquer the other, with each tournament weakening the boundaries between realms and the "upsetting the furies". Combine that with the fact that the main driving force behind the tournaments was Outworld (whose emperor, Shao Kahn, has already been established as being manipulated by the One Being to merge the realms himself), and the recent revival of Onaga (who was similarly manipulated by the One Being) and the destruction of the Kamidogu (the one set of weapons that could take out the One Being), it stands to reason that it was inevitable that the One Being would return, and was using everything at his disposal - including the tournament - to instigate his resurrection.
Liu Kang is the person shouting "MORTAL KOMBAT!" in the movie theme song.Come on, just read his MK vs. DC arcade mode ending. That also makes retcon it into a Theme Music Power-Up.
The whole story is really a set of movies being directed by Johnny Cage, who is growing increasingly complacent and arrogant with their successes.If one looks at it, it makes a lot of sense, since Cage gets a good few happy endings in his games as well as being generally useful to use. MK3 wasn't that good because of Cage putting less effort into it, what with the growing funds he had accumulated, and the fact that the locations seemed Darker and Edgier...well, as Darker and Edgier as MK could get. By MK4, Cage got arrogant and decided not to bother trying anymore, with his ending being a bit of failed Self-Deprecation. He was obviously horror-struck and humbled by critics' negative response to MK4 and, thinking he had finally gone too far, decided to put a little bit more love and effort into MK5, Deadly Alliance. After the lackluster of MK4, Deadly Alliance is DAMN good. The arrogance crept in again after MK6 Deception suceeded, which explains the lack of coherent and sensible story in MK7 Armageddon, the fact that a minor character suddenly become an important element in the story, why the Elder Gods suddenly grab the Idiot Ball and rely on Argus to fix the Armageddon problem rather than shutting down MK pronto. This also explains why the endings are silly. Kung Lao suddenly having a rivalry with Liu Kang, something which fans didn't like? Cage didn't think highly of him. Sonya having the power to kill Kano just by glaring at him? She's his favourite character. The games are clearly a sign of Cage's growing incompetence and complacency.
Asian culture was once foreign to Earthrealm.Given the pervasiveness of Asian culture beyond Earthrealm, the truth of Asian mythology in the MKverse, and the longevity of races not native to Earthrealm, it seems somewhat likely that Asian culture was brought to Earthrealm from elsewhere. Perhaps Asian humans are in fact descended from colonists hailing from another realm.
Smoke is now the physical avatar of an Eldritch Abomination.Think it over carefully. After Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, when his human soul was finally released from his robot programming, the series simply forgets him until Deception, when he teams up with Noob Saibot. He suddenly has a new appearance: from the basic Lin Kuei robot to some sort of masked thing made of grey matter. We aren't told anything about how this radical makeover came about, neither are we told what he did before he met Noob. While the game tries to Hand Wave it as Nanomachines, there could be a whole creepier reason for it...
Raiden will get better, morality wise...But Fujin will get worse.
Haruhi Suzumiya is the One Being. Mortal Kombat really is a dream — hers....Straightforward, really.
The Shokan weren't originally named "Shokan".It's stated that the Shokan are hybrids of humans and dragons. It's also stated that Onaga, former ruler of Outworld, was called the Dragon King, and that Shao Kahn deposed him. It's possible that the Shokan were originally named for the dragon-ruler of Outworld, who may have been a founder of the race after an encounter with a human woman, and that when Shao Kahn took over he erased all traces of Onaga's rule, naming the people Shokan (which sounds too suspiciously like Shao Kahn to ignore) to erase their loyalty to the past ruler and bring them under his flag.
Everyone is alive in Armageddon because they were brought back from the Netherrealm.Pretty much Self Explanatory. In the MKverse, everyone who dies goes to the Netherrealm. After the events of Deadly Alliance and the resurrection of Onaga, he revives everyone who had died in the past games from the Netherrealm in order to make them to work with him. After Ermac breaks the brainwashing, everyone goes back to normal. And finally, Onaga himself, who was defeated by Shujinko, finds a way out of the Netherrealm, bringing with him every other Mortal Kombatant who was in the past games.
Sareena, Quan Chi, and Shinnok will be appearing in the new Mortal Kombat game.The story so far states that Raiden sends a message back in time to Mortal Kombat 1 Raiden in order to change the events of Mortal Kombat. The only game left intact from this would then be Sub Zero: Mythologies, since that chronicles the first Sub-Zero's and future Noob Saibot adventures, just before the first game. All characters who appeared in Mythologies are free game.
The whole story is a fantasy of Liu Kang, made up during a coma.On a boat headed for a mysterious underground fighting tournament, and shaken by the ravings of an old bum who conned monks out of food by pretending to be the god of thunder, Liu Kang was knocked overboard by the ruthless criminal Kano. When he hit the freezing water, his mind succumbed to shock, imagining that he had gone below decks and met a man who generated ice (he also imagined one with a hand that vaguely resembled a penetrated vagina, because Freud Was Right), as well as seeing the "thunder god" again. Nobody on the boat saved him, so he slipped further into shock and his hallucinations went ever further afield, which explains all the cyborgs, centuars, people's faces and voices changing, 4-armed creatures, zombiedom, and so on.
The rebooted Tournament will be won by:
Beating arcade mode with Kratos in Mortal Kombat 9 will reveal what happened to him after God of War 3.That game ended with the possibility that he may or may not be dead. This game will show what really happened that fateful day on Olympus.
The true canonical ending in Armageddon is Daegon's ending, but Taven did fight Blaze first.Consider this: Daegon's ending is the only one that relies on Blaze (the final boss) being fought by somebody else, and in Taven's case, he fights Blaze in both his own story and in Daegon's ending.
Shao Kahn is the Guardian of Outworld.In Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks when we see Shao Kahn get his helmet knocked off he has some of the physical features of a tarkatan, yet we know he is a god and not a tarkatan. Maybe he was originally the guardian of Outworld, just like Raiden is guardian of Earth. If the guardian of a realm appears as a member of that realm's dominant species that would explain why Shao Kahn looks like a tarkatan, the original species of Outworld.
Alternately, Onaga is the Protector God of Outworld.If you kill him but let the essence escape, he will reform. He cannot be killed permanently except in/by the Netherrealm. He has vast martial and magical powers that do things even sorcerers cannot, goes back a loooong way into the timeline, and (based on the Nexus) has extensive knowledge of portals. Those are all traits ascribed to Raiden. Further, who but a god would know enough about The One Being to attempt its revival?
Fujin is Raiden's son.They have the same silver hair, Storms and Wind certainly seem like they should be related (get it?) concepts, and Fujin inherits Raiden's title as "Protector" when Raiden is promoted. Also, it's unclear how much gods of different Realms interact in general, but we know that Raiden was a friend to Argus (presumably, they worked against Shao Kahn together), and Fujin knew Taven by sight 10,000+ years after last seeing him. Lastly, when Raiden goes bad, Fujin takes it very personally as an imperative to find and redeem the other God.
Reiko really is Shao Kahn.Yes, I know that theory was explained away years ago, and they've been seen in the same place at once and Reiko has an actual bio. I say nonsense! Shao Kahn is (some say) a greater master of sorcery than Shang Tsung (the infamous shapeshifter). Of course he could arrange body doubles for his identities. Shao Kahn finds in incredibly useful to have a high-ranking officer in his armies that the observant will see is only waiting for the chance to betray him - they will enlist the aid of Reiko, and "Reiko" will await the proper moment before putting on his helmet (or, rather, letting the illusion that he ever took it off lapse, as it partially does during his charge in MK:A) and crushing them all.
In MK9, Mileena will have Tarkatan blades.Pause her trailer around 30 seconds in, and you can clearly see pointy things coming from the backs of her silhouette's hands.
Mortal Kombat is actually a sort of shared Battle in the Center of the Mind.The Kombatants feel pain, but your mind does ''not'' make it real. This is how they manage to tear each other's heads off, but keep on coming back for sequels. Actual deaths start happening around Deadly Alliance because that's when people start breaking the rules - Shao Kahn was ambushed in his own throne room, Liu Kang killed during training, and so on. So long as people issue a formal challenge, however, they're sure to survive - though it might hurt like hell.
Shokan are Mystics, while Onaga is a Skexis.The Shokan have four arms and only three fingers per hand, while Onaga has the taste for decadence and melodrama, as well as monstrous minions. Clearly in the MK continuity, Jen and Kira failed to restore the Crystal, and so the corruption of the world continued, until even the noble Mystics were reduced to Proud Warrior Race Guys.
Shinnok was never one of the Elder Gods.The only crimes that would move the Elder Gods to action are those that coul kill one or more of their number. If they themselves could do this, they would have killed Shinnok, rather than setting him loose where he could threaten their existence again. So the claim that Shinnok used to be one of them is clearly a lie - it must have been some attempt at manipulating others into taking him more seriously once he did become a threat.
All gods in Mortal Kombat are gods of some aspect of weather.Raiden is self-explanatory. The only other gods we know for sure are:
Outword has always been a pawn of The One Being.The One Being wishes to unify all the Realms. Whether under Onaga or Shao Kahn, Outworld has always sought that goal (it was spectacularly successful: we don't know how many there were, but when the series opens, there appears to be only Chaosrealm, Seido, Netherealm, and Earthrealm left for Outworld to assimilate, with at least three other Realms having already fallen) - clearly The One Being guided Onaga, and when he was deposed, switched to maniupulating Kahn. It sensed Kahn's downfall at the hands of the Dealy Alliance, and so manipulated Shujinko and Reptile to unleash Onaga once again, who promptly began trying to unleash The One Being directly. Perhaps that theory that The One Being was going to break out in Armageddon was close to the truth...
Cyborg Speculation:"You might see a character become cybernetic who wasn't before, and so you see a different version [of events]," said Ed Boon. What might that imply:
In the new Mortal Kombat Game, Smoke will be human, and Sub-Zero II will be a Cyborg.It has been confirmed that MK 9 will be a retcon where some things are different due to Raiden getting a message from the future, Ed Boon said "So everything you've seen happen before – Liu Kang winning, the guys turning into cybernetic ninjas, are changed around, so you might see a character become cybernetic who wasn't before, and so you see a different version [of events]." So it's not improbably for the roles of Sub-Zero II and Smoke to get switched around, Smoke and Sub-Zero II escaped the Lin Kuei because they didn't want to be Cyborgs, but Smoke got captured. So all things considered, the roles of Smoke and Sub-Zero II may be switched around in MK 9
In MK9, at least one major character will be in the game as both a human and a cyborg.With the dev team pushing the "someone might become a cyborg this time who wasn't before" angle, but most of the major characters already shown as human, it stands to reason. Possibilities:
Sektor's human form will be playable in Mortal Kombat 9A while back, when the Mortal Kombat 9 website went live, there were a number of audio files hidden on the site, among them: Kabal, Quan Chi, Shang Tsung, Smoke (A HUMAN sounding Smoke), and many others. But one such file was labeled "Human Sektor". Also, recently the achievements/trophies for MK 9 were revealed, one was "Beat arcade mode with robot Sektor and Cyrax" So, it is entirely possible that Human Sektor will be playable. Story-wise? Perhaps he got turned back into a human instead of Cyrax.
There will be a seventh Sub-Zero in the future.Due to Bi-Han already being turned into Noob Saibot and Kuai Liang being turned into Cyber Sub-Zero, both former carriers of the Sub-Zero codename can't appear in their classic forms. Unless they want to drop entirely the Mortal Kombat series, Netherrealm Studios already got the memo about what happens when you take an Ensemble Darkhorse out of the cast, and Boon said that Mortal Kombat wouldn't be Mortal Kombat without Scorpion and Sub-Zero. The next game may also cover what happened to the 3D games since the Timey-Wimey Ball, from 4 onwards. So, in order to get a new Sub-Zero for the next installment, they're going to possibly introduce a new member to the Lin Kuei. Who will he be? Could he be a she?
Predictions for Mortal Kombat 10.Shinnok and Quan Chi will use the souls of the fallen heroes to form a brainwashed army to conquer the realms. As with the original timeline, Kenshi will turn Ermac good; Ermac, in turn, will once again help to free the souls of the fallen heroes and return them to normal. However, instead of Liu Kang's ghost helping him (or perhaps in addition to him), Ermac will be assisted by Havik, who doesn't want the tyrannical order of Shinnok to reign supreme. Cyb-Zero will encounter Frost and train her to be the third incarnation of Sub-Zero, together fighting against Sektor's new Lin Kuei regime. Raiden tries to rally the heroes against Shinnok's forces, but they are distrustful of him for his actions in MK9. Fujin leads Earthrealm in his stead while Raiden, still is troubled by visions of the future, seeks out a deceived youth who works to revive the Dragon King...
Reptile will perform a Heel-Face Turn in the rebooted timeline.Think about it, Shao Kahn is gone and Reptile for once didn't get his chain yanked. As Raiden is armed with the future knowledge that Reptile will be a vessel of Onaga, he'll probably try to prevent Onaga's return by making good graces with Reptile, giving him actual promise to restore his clan and thoroughly treat him well, and making him more stable. And Reptile will latch himself as Raiden's Yes-Man and becomes a Force of Good.
Noob Saibot will return, but not under Quan Chi or Shinnok's command.In story mode, the last we see of Noob Saibot is him getting kicked into a Soulnado, which causes him to apparently perish as the soulnado disappates. In Deadly Alliance, the oni use the same method to try to kill off Scorpion. However, in Deception, it's revealed that Scorpion managed to escape the Soulnado and ended up in the presence of the Elder Gods, who make him their Champion. I'm guessing a similar fate might've befallen Noob Saibot. That said, the Elder Gods aren't exactly prone to action... but if they are motivated to stop Shinnok's invasion, they may similarly enlist Noob's aid, either resurrecting him as Sub-Zero, or sending him back down as Noob. While the original Sub-Zero was evil, it would suit him to aid the gods in exchange for power or something.
Bi-Han will return as Human Sub-Zero in the new timeline, while Kuai Liang remains a cyborg and Smoke becomes the new Noob Saibot.As stated above, Noob Saibot could have been separated into Bi-Han and the entity Saibot after Nightwolf Sparta-kicked him into the Soulnado. As such, the Elder Gods could make Bi-Han their champion in the new timeline just like what they did to Scorpion in the original timeline.
Sheeva's MK9 ending will have a spin-off.The Shokan, having left their enemies in Outworld and now in control of Australia, must deal with their greatest challenge yet... MORTAL WOMBAT!
Future MK series will eventually have a showdown between Raiden and Dark Raiden.It could be that the message from Dark Raiden in the future wasn't mean for the continuation of life in the universe, but solely Earthrealm's safety. The new timeline Raiden will probably also learn what Dark Raiden have been doing and be repulsed from his brutality. Then at one point, he may get a chance to meet his future self, and both Raidens argue which one was the better option (Normal Raiden argues that there is good in humanity and worth protecting, Dark Raiden thinks Humans Are Bastards), and then both Raidens duke it out to ensure which one will be the true God of Thunder.
Cyber Sub-Zero survives his Kold Fusion fatality.The Kold Fusion fatality involves Cyb-Zero arming himself for a Saibaman-esque grapple, freezing both himself and his opponent before seemingly self-destructing. Unlike the old self-destruct fatality of his companion Cyrax, this attack has believable reasons for Cyb-Zero to live on and continue operations (like, say, continuing on Ladder mode). Among the moves added to his post-cybernetic moveset was the ability to teleport, the animation for such seeming to break his cyborg body apart before reforming elsewhere. Cyb-Zero's pre-charge preparations might not have been a direct self-destruct code so much as a delayed freeze/teleportation combo, freezing over with his Ice Parry move (thus incapacitating and freezing his opponent) before using Teleport to abruptly move away, the energy from the teleportation causing the opponent to shatter. Meanwhile, Cyb-Zero survives off-screen and proceeds to fight another day.
Future DLC Character predictions.Netherrealm Studios has basically said there will be quite a few DLC characters in the future, some pushing for the possibility of characters we've never seen before, such as Skarlett, or ones we've seen before, like Kenshi. But who else will be added?
The next game will prominently feature Raiden and his allies freeing the souls of their allies from the Netherrealm.MK 9 killed a HUGE number of karacters (more than half the kast). How kan a fighting series continue without its klassic karacters? It cannot. However MK 9 established that Quan Chi very specifically kaptured the souls of all the slain kombatants, and ended with the revelation that he and Shinnok will be the next Big Bads. When the Netherrealm moves against the rest of the cosmos, Raiden will enter it and free the other heroes' souls by force. This might also allow Sub-Zero to return to human form (though, obviously, Jax and Kabal need to stay cybernetic somehow).
Sindel is merely bidding her time for a bigger Heel-Face Turn.Let's look at it, right now, she was put in the equal status with her daughter Kitana, and probably under Quan Chi's control. If she ever found out this situation was because she killed nearly all of the heroes, her Heel Realization would be of epic proportions of My God, What Have I Done? and propels her to eventually do better to redeem herself... provided that someone gets her out of Quan Chi's control. In other words, she's set up to be a huge Atoner.
MK 10 will be a 3-way battle between Raiden's forces, Shinnok's forces and...Liu Kang's forces. He died at the end of MK 9 but since he was killed by Raiden, his soul wasn't corrupted by Quan Chi, allowing him to save some of the souls that was enslaved by Quan Chi. However, he's still angry at Raiden, and so are the dead heroes that were enslaved by Quan Chi, therefore, Liu Kang forms up his own force to battle Shinnok as he no longer trusts Raiden can do his job, which would lead the two Forces of Good to clash at times, and it would probably take the efforts of Johnny Cage and Sonya to set Liu Kang straight again.
Friendships and Animalities will be DLC.Netherrealm Studios already said that stages, characters, and fatalities could be DLC, so what would stopp them from making friendships and animalities? They already have Babalities, and Liu Kang's "The Beast Within" is technically an animality, and the term "animality" was used in Nightwolf's Ending, so... who knows?
Quan Chi is from the original Timeline and will be the boss of MK10.He was dead in the intro but he's shown to be able to resurrect in seconds in Baraka's MKG ending. Look at him he already has Onaga's tatoos. He manipulated everything in Mortal Kombat 9 to his own end. He tricked Scorpion into killing Sub Zero ensuring the creation of Noob Saibot. Liu Kang's fire fist is a fatality and might have actually killed Shao Kahn so Quan Chi might have resurrected him for his own agenda. He made sure he was the one to resurrect Sindel with a much more powerful spell that Kitana couldn't break stopping her heel face turn. He used Sindel to collect the souls of earth's forces. Now Shinnok's Invasion is about to begin and Quan Chi has the souls of most of the people that stopped him last time and can easily take down Shinnok with the elder god's own amulet.
Outworld's inhabitants survived Shao Kahn's death in MK9.Let's put aside the obvious reason of the game's creators not wanting to kill off the villainous cast, think about this: Shao kahn, unlike the other games, was not killed in Outworld or in the merged Earthrealm-Outworld of MK3, this time he died in Earthrealm, and by the Elder Gods'/Raiden's hand. It is quite possible that, having been killed outside the realm where he reigns supreme, his Taking You with Me spell did not take effect, and the villainous cast is still alive and relatively well. You also have to consider that Mileena is next in line for the throne and that would not be possible if she were to be nuked amongst the other servants or warriors.
Liu Kang will come back as a wraith, ala Scorpion, but NOT under Quan Chi's control.It's been proven time and again that the mystic forces of the MK universe work on a Literal Genie-like Letter Of The Word principle. Magic spells, for instance, can be subverted with loopholes on how they were cast. The Mortal Kombat is won by Liu Kang and Shao Kahn can't merge the realms? Create a new tournament within Outworld with higher stakes, which when accepted by the Elder Gods overrides the previous one. Shao Kahn lost that tournament? Invade instead, since the contract is against merging the realms, not invading them. Can't invade because of a ward caused by Sindel's death? Bring Sindel back from the dead, ward gone. Etcetera, etcetera. Now Quan Chi has control of the Earthrealm warriors that died because of fighting Outworld's invasion of Earthrealm, right? Well, funny how that works, because Liu Kang did not die fighting Outworld's invasion of Earthrealm. He died fighting Raiden, and thus by extension defying the Elder Gods. As such, because of the wording of Shao Kahn's contract with Quan Chi, Liu Kang's soul cannot actually be possessed by Quan Chi. Liu Kang could enter the Netherrealm and become a wraith, but good luck trying to control or manipulate him. And fighting him is out of the question: if a completely human Liu Kang could defeat any and every warrior thrown at him (including friggin' Shao Kahn), a super-powered wraith Liu Kang would be a million times worse. As such, I see Liu Kang being the x-factor in the Netherrealm's invasion of the other realms, as he could destroy Quan Chi's plans from within the Netherrealm itself and maybe even rescuing his fellow champions. Now whether he'd be able to see that Raiden's plans actually did stave off Armageddon, or whether he'll be blinded by hatred towards him remains to be seen. After all, as Scorpion and Noob Saibot have proven, wraiths have a notoriously one-tracked mind towards what motivates them..
Shang Tsung will return in MK10.In his Armageddon Bio, Shang's employment contract so to speak with Shao Kahn was so strong, that being disintegrated by Raiden (and combating the God's soul in the afterlife) wasn't enough to void it. Similarly, we don't see him as one of Quan Chi's minions; if we assume that the literal genie esque wording of Kahn's contract would prevent him from collecting Liu's soul, the same could apply to Shang Tsung, who wasn't killed fighting Earthrealm, but sacrificed to empower Sindel. After Sindel took a magical Kill Sat to the face, Tsung's soul returned to Kahn; presumably he'll possess a new host and return to his default form.
In some form or another, Raiden's Arcade Ladder ending will happen in MK10.The situation described in Raiden's ending (merger between Earthrealm and Outworld, Shao Kahn's defeat, remnants of the invasion force most likely still roaming throughout the lands) matches up the most with the actual ending of Story Mode. Not to mention that two of the silhouettes for the four warriors Raiden divides his soul among clearly resemble Cage and Sonya, the only other survivors from Team Earthrealm.
Rain trained under Chuck Norris.In Trilogy, one of his moves is a roundhouse kick so powerful, the victim gets knocked around to the other side of the stage. Need we say more? The reason he's not Chuck Norris himself is because if he was, you wouldn't be able to win a match against him.
In MK10, Earthrealm and Outworld will have to engage in an Enemy Mine situation.Due to the fact that many warriors from both realms are dead and under Quan Chi's (and possibly Shinnok's) control, the forces of both realms will have to form an united front to stand against and defeat the Netherrealm forces, even if they dislike the idea. Bear in mind that this happened at least once. (Yes, it's non-canon, but it happened.)
If resurrected, Kabal will become the leader of the Black Dragon and guide it to the good side.Assuming that Kabal and the other good guys who were killed will get better, Kabal will become the leader of a new Black Dragon like in the original timeline but this time he will use it as a force for good, rather than doing it the way Havik does.
Raiden is Thor, Zeus, and every other god of Thunder. Simultaneously, Nightwolf views Raiden differently.Nightwolf calls Raiden "Haokah", the Lakota spirit of thunder and lightning. Therefore it can be assumed that Raiden is also Haokah and by extension, every other god of thunder. Also, his name can alternately be spelled as Raijin as known to the Japanese. Since the only Japanese characters we know of are either undead or retconed into being Australian, we would have Liu Kang, Kung Lao, and Shang Tsung (the only Asian Earthrealmers we know of) Raiden appears as he does.
9 being banned in Australia was a Batman Gambit on the part of the creators.The goal in creating the game was to bring back the feel of the classic games, and what was one thing that made old-school Mortal Kombat so noteworthy? The controversy over its violent content, of course! In order to bring back every aspect of 1 - 3, the developers deliberately made the game as offensive as possible so that, at the very least, there'd be some outcry from the Moral Guardians somewhere. They succeeded.
Johnny Cage is Duke Nukem's younger brother.First of all, Johnny and Duke look a hell of a lot a like, down to the Sung's and everything. Johnny will even remark "DAMN, I'M GOOD" after fights. Now, story wise, Johnny claims to enter the tournament to prove he's legit. However, he's really entering the tournament because he wants to show everyone he's just awesome as his brother, who is the manliest hero in the world. Johnny changes his last name to avoid being compared to his hot shot big brother. Johnny also only got into movies thanks to his brother's Hollywood / L.A connections, his brother's got quite a bit of swing in Earthrealm. All throughout the stories of the various games, Johnny always hits on Sonya, but usually to no avail .He tries hard to be like his bro, but he just doesn't have his swagger!
Freddy Krueger's inclusion is Foreshadowing.... Foreshadowing to an official fighting game involving Horror Icons.
Chameleon will show up in Mortal Kombat 10 as a Wild Card.He will attack heroes and villains alike in his quest to become the champion of Mortal Kombat, and will end up playing a big role. Which role is uncertain: maybe he'll be the ultimate Big Damn Hero, saving the day by defeating the main villain. Maybe he'll still fight the main villain, only to be defeated and leave the defeat of the now-weakened antagonist to somebody else. Or maybe he'll pull a Sindel and kill a whole bunch of people (not necessarily heroes, though).
Mortal Kombat 10 will include all the DLC characters, unused characters from the timeline, and Art Lean from the film.Why? Other than fanservice, the only hero characters that managed to get out of 9 were Johnny, Sonya, and Raiden, leaving Earthrealm in need of some heroes. Cue the above characters without Freddy being recruited by Raiden.
The Black Dragon clan is the modern-day Mann Co.And Kano is the latest of the Hale family. Both Kano and Saxton Hale are Australian arms dealers whose wares include rocket launchers. Yet both are deadly kombatants with just a bladed weapon or two. Both can screw gravity (Kano with his cannonball, Saxton with his mega jump) and shrug off ridiculous amounts of bullets and explosives.
Ghost Rider will become DLC for MK9.Not official, but it would be Badass for Scorpion trying to do his spear move only for Ghost Rider to use his chain to wrap around it before dragging him with his cycle or something. Also just imagine his babaility.
Raiden was holding the Idiot Ball through the campaign, but not in the way many think.When Raiden got the warning from his future self, he also inherited his future self's ruthlessness. Future Raiden seemed very willing to kill anybody he decided that posed a threat to Earthrealm, whether a direct threat or being a fool and indirectly causing danger ( see Shujinko ). He was deliberately leading the Earthrealm warriors to their deaths because he deemed them unfit defenders who would cause more harm than good.
Rain will play a huge role in the next game.Assuming he managed to survive MK9 Rain will discover his true origin and seperate Edenia from Outworld and rule it himself, what with both Kitana and Sindel dead. While he may have been working for Shao Kahn it was merely for power, power the new ruler of Outworld, most likely Mileena, is unlikely to grant him so the opportunity to rule his own realm and be hailed as a hero by Edenians would be very appealing. This will give Tanya a chance to either betray him and invite Shinok's forces in or give her a chance to be heroic. It might also give them a chance to explore Taven and Daegon more as they're both still in Earthrealm and Armeggedon has been more or less averted. There's a lot of potential to work with here.
Johnny Cage is related to Jade.She might even be a direct ancestor, given her age and ability to freely travel to Earthrealm, demonstrated in MK9. They both share the Shadow Kick ability (Jade even using the same name for the move), and they both have a green glow when using their special powers. It's also stated that Johnny is descended from a group of warriors bred for the gods, and Edenians are a people that bred with their gods, so there may be a connection there. Sure, Jade is somewhat darker-skinned than Cage but a few generations of breeding with the right kind of humans would be enough of an explanation for that.
Shinnok will propose his own tournament.If the forces of the Netherrealm win they gain legitimate control over Earthrealm but if Earthrealm wins they will release the souls of the dead warriors to Raiden. This will give Shinnok the ability to achive his goals without the Elder Gods interfering. For his part Raiden will call in Kai, Fujin and Shujinko and perhaps even Taven. They will gain allies in Sareena and Ashrah who will betray the Netherealm.
Mortal Kombat 10 will be Wii U-only.In order to make up for Mortal Kombat 9 not being released on the Wii.
Potential M Kv SF plotA potential crossover game, if set in the new continuity, would involve raiden summoning up the SF fighters to help defend earthrealm. in the old continuity, Shao kahn would instead brainwash them for his use
Jax is the Old Spice Guy or can turn into him as a brutali-fatality.Since everyone knows the Old Spice Guy is far more impressive than a 50ft venison of himself
Kano was once a surgeon.He turned to a life of crime when he figured out the only parts of the job he liked were using sharp objects and tearing things out of people. So he quit his job and joined a little organization called the Black Dragon.
Motaro's death in MK9 was just a cop-out by the developers.In Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, Motaro had two legs instead of four because the physics engine of that game could not manage a character with four legs. Then, Ed Boon said that "the next time we see Motaro, he would have four legs again". Note how he did not say anything about playing as Motaro, or even fighting against Motaro, and that's because the physics engine of MK9 still cannot manage a character with four legs. The only solution was to only show Motaro in cutscenes and make sure that another character Dropped a Bridge on Him.
Johnny Cage’s Nut Punch is a tribute to his career in ballet.Back when he was still known as John Carlton, he had the title role in a production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. Nowadays, Johnny Cage will deny his days as a ballerina to keep up his image, but in his mind he knows his ballet training helped with his martial arts training. (I know all about how Cage was literally supposed to be Jean-Claude Van Damme. But the real JCVD had 5 years of ballet training.)
Liu Kang and Kung Lao are decendants of the elemental gods.In Mythologies Elder Sub Zero steals the map to the temple of elements from a shaolin temple, and inside the temple itself he finds several shaolin monks guarding it, making it pretty obvious that the shaolin have a very close relationship with the elemental gods, so in order to create more powerful warriors monks that will stand a chance in Mortal Kombat, the shaolin temple convince the unnamed Fire God and the Wind God Fujin to breed with two mortal women, whom were themselves decendants of the Great Kung Lao, once the both crossbreed babies were born they were taken to the shaolin temple to start training them from early childhood, their heritage given them their respective special powers, Liu Kang can handle fire like his daddy the Fire God, while Kung Lao can do a wind propelled dive kick and spin fast enough to create a tornado, both of witch moves are used by Fujin himself in MK 4, further supporting this theory.
A few guesses for potential guest characters
Johnny Cage really did go to hell in the first film, and hasn't actually left since.Maybe he never did get out of hell after Scorpion sent him there, and the rest of the movie (and sequel) were parts of Cage's subconscious punishing him? Two things damaging to his ego: Cage got reduced to supporting role with someone else (Liu Kang) getting the frontline spotlight over him, and even as a supporting cast he gets REPLACED by someone else (Jax). Not only was this Cage's egotistical idea of a nightmare, but he was forced to sit and watch it.
Noob will become Sub-Zero in later games but...Saibot will go off to form into the new Noob Saibot, and will try to murder Bi-Han for their seperation, but Cyber Sub-Zero will help his brother fight Noob, while Bi-Han goes out to convince Scorpion, that he did not kill his clan and family, but Quan Chi did.
The reason fatalities work the way they do.A lot of fatalities in the Mortal Kombat universe end up making you think to yourself "Hang on - why couldn't they have just done that at the start of the round and got it over with?" - stuff like slicing or ripping your opponent's head/limbs off, super-powerful projectiles etc. However, after some thought, there is an explanation for why this is the case. The amount of punishment a character's body takes in a typical round of Mortal Kombat is downright brutal. They can be stabbed in various vital organs multiple times, suffer multiple broken bones, stabbed in the eyes, had their neck broken etc. and still keep fighting, shrugging off their injuries. It's clear that everyone in Mortal Kombat has a very high pain threshold and their body is highly resistant. But in the end, even their bodies have limits - after two or three rounds of brutal beatings, they simply can't take any more, hence leading to their 'dizzied' state and the infamous "Finish Him/Her!" cry. Ultimately, the intense period of fighting means that their body's defense mechanisms give out for a short period of time. It's during this period whereby it's possible to kill them. So for example, whilst beforehand Mileena's sais simply mean losing a few health points, during a Fatality they cause permanent damage and leave them further incapacitated.
Being the Official Ruler/Defender of a Realm grants that person great power within that Realm.But ONLY within that Realm. This would explain several things. First, it would explain why Raiden appears to be stronger than Fujin, despite Fujin being a god of one of the four elements, as well as why he's so weakened when entering Outworld. This would also explain the Emperor's motivations for why he not only conquers Realms but forces them to merge with Outworld. It also explains why merging Realms with Outworld supposedly makes him stronger and freeing Realms makes him weaker. It would also explain how Lui Kang was able to beat him despite even Raiden and Shang Tsung being unable to defeat him, as he'd have to give up much of his power to compete in a tournament, as we saw with Raiden in the early games, or he was in Earthrealm before it's merging. This may also explain why Sindel is so much more powerful than every other Edenian except the half-gods. She's Edenia's official ruler/protector so she gets a power boost. I also suspect that whomever's in charge of the Realm can decide if someone from anouther Realm gets to keep their extra power, which is why Raiden and Sindel can keep their full powers within Earthrealm and Edenia as their Realms are allied with each other.
Mileena's story was changed mid production in 9.This is why Jade has no dialogue during the first tournament, it was originally supposed to be Mileena with Kitana until they decided that having Kitana discover the newly created Mileena would serve their purposes better. Also, in Kitana's arcade ending it says she discovered the truth about Mileena and killed the Emperor for his betrayal, but that doesn't really sync up with what we see during the story mode, there was no truth about Mileena for her to discover as the Emperor told her flat out what was up once he learns Mileena is alive. This would also explain why Mileena is the Emperor's second in command despite being newly created and so mentally childlike, it was a holdover from when she retained her old origin.
Shang Tsung was once the champion of Mortal Kombat... representing Earthrealm.Information on Shang Tsung is always dodgy, but it generally agrees that he's from Earthrealm in some way. Also, we know that Edenia fell to Outworld around 1000 years ago, and Earthrealm has been losing Mortal Kombat tournaments since The Great Kung Lao was killed by Goro 500 years ago. But there is no mention of another Realm during the ten-tournament cycle in between. What happened? Clearly, Shao Kahn set his sights on Earthrealm, but his champions were eventually defeated by a heroic sorcerer, and protegee of Raiden - Shang Tsung. Without warriors strong enough to kill this new challenger, Shao Kahn instead offered him wealth, comfort, power, and eternal life, corrupting the hero. This is why nobody talks about Shang's past (neither he nor Raiden likes to think about it), why Shang is so offended by Liu Kang and the Great Kung Lao (both exceeded him in moral, as well as physical, strength), and why he and Raiden always seem so oddly casual when speaking to each other (they were friends for a long time).
Time flows differently in other Realms.We know this is the case some of the time - namely, that in Chaosrealm, time flows differently between one place and another. However, it makes sense in general, too - for example, Edenia fell to Outworld 10,000 years ago, but apparently no adult warriors exist who were born between then and now. This would work out a lot more neatly if time passed ten, one hundred, or even one thousand times faster there. This would also explain why someone like Reptile, who's known nothing but battle for literally millions of years, would be even remotely beatable by someone like Johnny Cage (in the story - obviously, in gameplay, anyone can beat anyone however much/little sense it makes), who doesn't even understand his abilities. As an aside, this might imply that Bi Han (the first Sub-Zero) spent some time in other Realms after killing off the Shirai Ryu, since that appears to have happened back when horses were still a major mode of transportation, while in the modern day, Lin Kuei operatives have jetpacks.
Reiko is the Emperor's son.This would explain so much about their relationship. In the original timeline it was said the last time Reiko was seen before MK 4 was during Shinnok's original battle with Raiden. As Armeggedon establishes Shinnok didn't make his move until after Taven and Daegon were put to sleep, which was right around the time Shao Kahn was making his attack on Edenia. I theorise that Reiko was leading Kahn's armies against the Edenian forces and ended up falling in battle. He was sent to the Netherealm and was ressurected by Quan Chi to serve as a member of the Brotherhood of Shadows. Much like Noob and Mileena later would, Reiko got sick of been Quan Chi's slave and deffected back to Kahn's side, where he was once again granted his old position as general of Kahn's armies. This would explain his obsession with Kahn's helmet, he sees it as the symbol of Kahn's power which will one day be his due to birthright, as well as why Kahn tollerates his behavior, he's always been more lenient to his children than he has been to anyone else. It would also explain why he never tried to team up with Mileena to sieze the throne for himself, she's his biggest rival as heir to the throne.
Frost will be in Mortal Kombat 10, but be solidly on the side of the heroes the entire time, and much nicer as well.With Sub-Zero and Smoke dead, nothing is there to stop Sektor and Cyrax from continuing to advance the Cyber Initiative. I can picture her trying to flee with a bunch of other Lin Kuei trainees, ending up as the last survivor. Sonya comes to her rescue, Frost becoming intensely grateful to her and much, much more cooperative and humble than she was in the original timeline.
Raiden will perform a heroic sacrifice in MK10.Realizing how badly he's messed things up, Raiden will decide that Earthrealm needs it's mortal champions more than him. He will then sacrifice himself to ressurect all the warroirs who died fighing for earthrealm.
Sub-Zero will get a new form in the future.At some point he'll lose his cybernetic parts... But learn how to replace them with ice constructs.
Future Character GuessesThere are several concepts that could work well. Like ...
Shinnok in MK9 is the same Shinnok from the original timelineShinnok is one of the few survivors of the Battle of Armageddon, as he merely sent a puppet clone of him in the ensuing brawl. But with Shao Khan being the one who attains the power of Blaze in the end, his plan may have gone awry with the Emperor being too powerful for the fallen Elder God to handle. Sensing the time-altering by Raiden, he travels back too and manipulates the new timeline Quan Chi to do some alterations in his favor.
The plot of 9 was foreshadowed from the franchise's very beginningThis came to me with a bit of Fridge Brilliance—am I the only one who notices parallels between the revamped time-line in 9 and Raiden's ending in the very first game?
Predictions as to which MK9 Arcade Endings that will be made Canon, Semi-Canon, and Non-Canon in MK10
Predictions for Gameplay expies in MK10Due to the fact that several characters likely will not return in the sequel, except as Quan Chi's servants, there will have to be several characters from the original timeline, as well as tiny number of completely new characters (e.g. Skarlet), who will have to take over their overall gameplay functions (e.g. Fragile Speedster, Mighty Glacier, Moveset Clone).
Predictions regarding bosses in MK10
Shang Tsung's been a baby before, multiple times.More half-joking this one considering he was probably born as one, but its possible Shang Tsung had morphed into a baby once or twice to see if it was possible, hence why he doesn't cry at all or react negatively to being turned into a baby when you perform a Babality on him. He's been like that before and his sitting-and-plotting demeanour is just him thinking a way of how to get out of this predicament again, or planning a little revenge attack.
Sheeva will become one of the good guys
Shao-Kahn is a Psychopomp who was also once the protector of Outrealm.It's stated in Deception that Shao Kahn was once an advisor like Raiden. It's also stated in one of the reversed dialogues that Shao Kahn, Raiden, and Lucifer are all members of the same race of beings. Both Raiden and Lucifer were guardians of their respective realms (Earthrealm and the Netherrealm), therefore it's not a stretch that Shao Kahn was once the guardian of Outrealm. Shao Kahn being a Psychopomp is based on what abilities Kahn has shown involving souls, especially compared to a sorcerer like Shang Tsung.
Shinnok found out that Quan Chi gave him a copy of the amulet, or at least that Quan Chi double crossed him. So he sent a message to his past self warning him about Quan Chi.Quan Chi's Ladder Mode ending in MK9 has Shinnok ordering his execution in the Netherrealm after Shao Kahn is defeated. Shinnok finding out from his future self that Quan Chi double crossed him would account for this.
Mileena and Skarlet will team up, serving as a foil to Kitana and Jade.Mileena is in the running for the position of queen/empress of Shao Kahn's empire, seeing as how Shao Kahn, Shang Tsung, Kitana, Jerrod, and Sindel are all dead or otherwise not really in a position to claim the throne. Skarlet is a loyal henchwoman of Shao Kahn who like Mileena was created in the Flesh Pits. With so much to go from, would it really be a stretch for Mileena and Skarlet to be allies, maybe even friends?
Shao Kahn is the One Being.This is an idea that came to me while playing MK9. Towards the end of the story mode, before fighting Raiden, he exclaims "today, I become THE Elder God!", a phrase which really made me think of the One Being and the more I think about it, the more I feel like they are the same person. Here's my evidence: Shao Kahn is incredibly old: he was originally stated to be 10 000 years old, but Armageddon reveals that he is even older than that, leaving his age ambiguous, thus possibly making him as old as the realms themselves, which were created to hold the remnants of the One Being's consciousness. He seeks to merge the realms, which is precisely the One Being's goal as that would allow him to become whole again. He also seems to have a personal grudge against the Elder Gods, as does the One Being. Here's what I think happened: the One Being's consciousness was divided between the realms by the Elder Gods, but he managed to send himself, or at least part of himself in Outworld as Shao Kahn, where he slew Onaga and became emperor, placing himself in a perfect position to attempt to merge the realms together, thus allowing him to recover his consciousness and his full power. This explains why Kahn is so hell bent on merging the realms rather than just invading them, and in fact doesn't seem to give invasion much thought (yes, it is explained that Sindel prevented him from setting foot to earthrealm but seriously, it took him five hundred years to give removing the ward a try?), as invasion would be useless without the ability to merge the realms. Finally, some people theorize that Kahn, as well as Onaga, are merely pawns for the One Being to merge the realms, but I disagree as if that is the case, I do not understand what the One Being would gain from having one of his pawns kill the other (and then have him return!). If anything, it would slow down if not impair his progress towards merging the realms. However, if he is Shao kahn, it makes sense as he would see Onaga as a rival since he is attempting to harness the power of the One Being for himself by collecting the Kamidogus. So there you have it, my theory for Shao Kahn being a weakened One Being attempting to regain his powers.
Frost will be a playable character in MK10... as the new Sub-Zero.Both Bi-Han and Kuai-Liang are dead or otherwise not in a position to serve as Sub-Zero for the Lin-Kuei. It's doubtful that the Grandmaster (who may very well be Sektor going by his ladder ending in MK9, and as such could be more receptive to Frost's personality than Kuai-Liang was in the original timeline) will sit on his laurels in the time period between MK9 and MK10 in light of such a loss of manpower rather than see to it that the void left by the deaths of the last 2 Sub-Zeros is filled. Now, Frost is currently the only other individual that we know of who is both capable of performing the abilities that the rank of Sub-Zero is known for and is also alive within the time period of MK 4 to Deadly Alliance. As such, it would not be surprising to see Frost in MK10 serving as the latest Sub-Zero.
Raiden didn't really avert Armageddon.It was pointed by Sonya in Nightwolf's chapter in MK9's story mode that Raiden could have been seeing visions of possible futures rather than one single future. Going from that, even if Shao Kahn is gone forever, he's not the only character who has both the power and personality to make a play for Blaze's power when the time comes. One example being Onaga, who was confirmed to both still exist and to have been the previous ruler of Outworld prior to Shao Kahn overthrowing him in the alternate timeline that most of MK9 occurs in. Another one is Daegon, who considering his ties to the Red Dragon as it's founder as well as how the plans of Argus and Delia have been around for centuries, shouldn't be written off. It will turn out that while Raiden's medallion was fixed, it was only showing visions from the future where Shao Kahn won Armaggeddon and with Shao Kahn's death, the medallion would have been fixed with it either not being capable of accounting for alternate futures or it has yet to be used to send a message from a future where Armageddon was triggered without Shao Kahn.
Raiden stopped Taven from reaching Blaze's Pyramid.One of the visions Raiden sends to his past self is that of Raiden's fight with Taven in Armageddon's Konquest Mode. It's also been confirmed by Word of God that Shao Kahn is the one who killed Blaze rather than Taven, who curiously isn't visible in MK9's intro cutscene. Going from all of that, when Raiden fought Taven, he did something to prevent Taven from reaching the pyramid and completing his quest, be it killing him or injuring him to the point that he retreated or was left lick his wounds. Whichever happened, Taven didn't get to the pyramid before Shao Kahn killed Blaze and gained his power, giving him enough to kill Raiden and conquer the realms...if Raiden didn't send his visions to his past self.
Sareena will rescue Cyber Sub-Zero from hellShe will try to figure out why the undead cyborg fights using lin kuei techniques and ice powers similar to her lover the Elder Sub-Zero eventually she will learn that he is his younger brother and rescue him from the Netherealm
There's a evil and or negligent corporation hidden in the background of the MK universeWhoever created the tech for the automation of the Lin Kuei also made hsu hao's artificial heart, Kano cybernetic eye, and possibly Jax's cyber arms. They possibly have no dog in the fight and are just being reckless capitalists.
Reiko will get to rule Outworld in Mortal Kombat 10In the primary canon, Reiko has always been portrayed as wanting to rule Outworld in the place of Shao Kahn. In the post-reboot canon, with Shao Kahn out of the way, it looks like Reiko will finally get his chance. A further guess is that Reiko will exploit his resemblance to Shao Kahn to pass as him. An even further guess, considering how pretty much every villain suffers from Chronic Backstabbing Disorder in the post-reboot canon, is that Shao Kahn's spirit will attempt to possess Reiko's body in order to return to the status quo, but Reiko will reveal himself to be Genre Savvy enough to have anticipated that move and make that attempt go horribly wrong with the aid of a sorcerer (possibly Quan Chi). Then Quan Chi will reveal he only used Reiko's greed for power to get that power for himself, and all hell will break loose (literally, given how Quan Chi built his army).
Scorpion and Sub-Zero will fight as allies in Mortal Kombat 10In Mortal Kombat 9, Nightwolf defeated Noob Saibot by throwing him into the soulnado. But another character had already been thrown into the soulnado: Scorpion, in Mortal Kombat Deadly Alliance. He survived, so there is no reason to believe Noob Saibot died, also considering that both he and Scorpion are already undead. At this point you might ask, what was that purple explosion? Well, we know that Quan Chi did something to Bi-Han to "perfect him", turning him into Noob Saibot. We also know that Noob Saibot can form another entity to help him in his fights. Well, what if Quan Chi fused Bi-Han with an entity from the Netherrealm, and that entity exploded when Noob Saibot was thrown into the soulnado? Take that away and you get... Bi-Han, now rightly angry at Quan Chi for enslaving him. And what revenge would be better than to force Quan Chi to confess and prove, in front of Scorpion, that he was in fact who killed his family and clan? At that point, Scorpion too would realize he had been used, and he would turn against Quan Chi.
Injustice: Gods Among Us will foreshadow some developments in Mortal Kombat 102008's MKvsDCU previewed Shao Kahn's return as the main antagonist as well as the fracturing of the relationship between Raiden and Liu Kang in 2011's Mortal Kombat 9 (albeit in the case of first he was merely part of the Big Bad Dark Kahn). In the case of the upcoming Mortal Kombat 10, basically replace Insurgent!Batman and Regime!Superman with Raiden and Roah style Revenant Darkside Liu Kang .
Predictions of Storyline Character Chapters in MK10/MKX
The Sub-Zero seen in the Mortal Kombat X trailer is NOT Kuai LiangSince Kuai Liang is both robotic and...dead due to the events of Mortal Kombat 9, the Sub-Zero seen in the debut trailer (and probably the game) is a revived Bi Han/Noob Saibot, given a similar opportunity to walk among the living again that Scorpion was granted in Mortal Kombat: Deception (as a herald of the Elder Gods).
Mortal Kombat X character predictions:
Goals and motivations of factions in MKXRaiden and allies
Mortal Kombat X will introduce a new, previously unrevealed realm.The glimpses of the new characters at E3 suggest a more Mayincatec flavour: a mysterious blue figure performing an Aztec-sacrifice style fatality, the child(?) on the large figure seems kinda Central American tribal, and "Ladybug" smacks a tad of Ah Muzen Cab. Might just be a new subculture of an existing realm, but a whole new realm isn't a far-flung notion.
There will be a new "Deadly Alliance" in X.With Shang Tsung out of commission (at least for the moment) but Quan Chi still probably thinking about turning the tables on Shinnok at some point (since he's got the amulet and aside from the large loss of life on Earthrrealm's side, the setup for Mortal Kombat 4 is relatively intact), he will ally with a new figure to betray Shinnok (this time made easier as Liu Kang and Shao Kahn also no longer factor into things). To place bets, Rain seems like a good candidate (a very antagonistic character from the start but one who never was able to make any ingress in the story despite his general evil-ness; now would be a good time to seize upon that).
Big Bad SpeculationBoon revealed at E3 2014 that the Big Bad will be both a returning character and someone most people won't see coming. That more or less rules out Quan Chi and Shinnok, who were hinted to be the Big Bad Duumvirate at the end of MK9. So, who will it be?
Cassie Cage has a middle name that's some variation of Jackson.Jax is Sonya's trusted partner, and fought alongside Johnny with the occasional road bump. Normally, Johnny might not be too keen on naming his kid after a guy who beat the crap out of him over some mildly lewd comments, but Jax died in Sindel's massacre, so he's likely more open to the idea.
Mortal Kombat X will start as a Villain WorldShinnok nearly succeeded in conquering Earthrealm, Outworld, and the Heavens in original timeline without having most of the warriors that were opposition to him now part of his army, and he was ready to start his war in the new timeline. Taking the Time Skip into account, the war will occur off-screen and he will have already won by the time the game starts. As such, the main story will involve trying to overthrow him.