As Cole Young trains to awaken his secret – the mysterious source of the impressive power that lies within him – we learn that he is connected to the 17th century warrior Hanzo Hasashi, also known as the Scorpion (Hiroyuki Sanada). Redditor u/Flat_Fox_7318 and others thought it would be an interesting opportunity for Cole’s relationship with Scorpio to awaken in one form or another as part of his arcana, tying the two of them together and giving the heroes the edge they need during their battle with Shang Tsung and his underlings. However, this never happened: Cole’s arcana simply created a set of armor and gave him tonfas to use in the battle against Goro (voiced by Angus Sampson).
According to Mortal Kombat 2021 screenwriter Greg Russo, when Cole Young’s idea came up, he and those working on the film had clear intentions for him. They wanted it to stand on its own as a completely original creation and give fans a chance to see the world of Mortal Kombat from a new perspective. “For me, as a writer, it really became a question of how to make all this work in mythology. So that it feels organic, so that there is no feeling that something unnecessary has just been thrown there. ” he said ComicBook.comwhich details how important it was for Cole to fit in while still looking like new.
No matter how you feel about Cole Young as a character, his relationship with Scorpion, or the product of his mysteries, at least the minds behind Mortal Kombat were trying to do something different with the property for his second take on the franchise.