Mortal Kombat 2 could include three major Mortal Kombat characters in the sequel’s roster. The Mortal Kombat franchise returned to the big-screen at last with the 2021 reboot Mortal Kombat, in which MMA fighter Cole Young (Lewis Tan) finds himself recruited to fight for Earthrealm against the forces of Outworld. Mortal Kombat includes many famous characters from the games that inspired it, including Bi-Han a.k.a. Sub-Zero (Joe Taslim), and it seems the 2021 film might not be his last appearance in the franchise.
With Mortal Kombat 2 set to enter production in summer 2023, Mortal Kombat producer Todd Garner tweeted an image of himself alongside Joe Taslim and Chin Han (who plays Shang Tsung in Mortal Kombat). With Garner’s post including the caption “2…” and both Taslim and Han making a peace sign in the image, this heavily implies that both Taslim and Han will be returning for Mortal Kombat 2. In Taslim’s case, his return as Bi-Han in Mortal Kombat 2 could also set up no fewer than three legendary Mortal Kombat characters to appear in the sequel.
Bi-Han Could Return In Mortal Kombat 2 – As Noob Saibot
Sub-Zero meets quite a fiery end by Scorpion in the final showdown of Mortal Kombat, but even with all its gory fatalities, no death is ever permanent in the Mortal Kombat universe. Bi-Han’s own lore in the Mortal Kombat games is testimony to that, with Bi-Han being killed by Scorpion and later returning as Noob Saibot. Joe Taslim’s teased return in Mortal Kombat 2 seems to heavily indicate that it will be in the form of Noob Saibot.
With Taslim going from Sub-Zero to Noob Saibot in Mortal Kombat 2, it would do a lot more than simply bring Bi-Han back into the tournament. It would also be the first time Bi-Han’s villainous history has been shown in its totality in a cinematic context. Sub-Zero acting as the final boss of Mortal Kombat is something of a rarity in his overall character history, and his return as Noob Saibot would solidify Bi-Han as one of the primary villains of the modern Mortal Kombat movie series, while opening another door with it.
A Mortal Kombat Rematch With Scorpion Is Now Much More Likely
Mortal Kombat is book ended by the famed rivalry of Scorpion and Sub-Zero, the two first battling as Hanzo Hasashi (Hiroyuki Sanada) and Bi-Han in the movie’s prologue in feudal Japan. Hanzo later returns in the final showdown of Mortal Kombat, teaming up with Cole Young (Lewis Tan) to defeat Sub-Zero, with both fights being major highlights of the film. With Bi-Han’s teased return and potential metamorphosis into Noob Saibot, Scorpion coming back seems all but a forgone conclusion.
In turn, that would make Hanzo facing Bi-Han for a third time very likely in Mortal Kombat 2 with Bi-Han’s return as Noob Saibot. This would also suggest that Scorpion’s presence in Mortal Kombat 2 is likely to be considerably more significant, building upon Scorpion’s memorable role in the beginning and end of Mortal Kombat. Of course, with Bi-Han battling Scorpion as Noob Saibot, that also makes room for another character’s introduction in Mortal Kombat 2.
Kuai Liang Can Now Be Sub-Zero In Mortal Kombat 2
In Mortal Kombat lore, there are two Sub-Zeros, namely Bi-Han and his brother Kuai Liang, and the former’s return in Mortal Kombat 2 suggests that the second Sub-Zero will also be in the film. By returning as Noob Saibot, Bi-Han would leave the Sub-Zero spot on the Mortal Kombat 2 character roster vacant, with Kuai Liang fully poised to step into his place. What’s more, unlike his brother, Kuai Liang is known as a warrior for Earthrealm, with his inclusion in Mortal Kombat 2 opening many possibilities to expand its lore and introduced new character dynamics into the sequel.
Given the experience that the warriors of Earthrealm have with Bi-Han in Mortal Kombat, they are likely to be reluctant to trust his brother, who wields the same cryogenic powers. This distrust is something that Bi-Han would be likely to try to take advantage of, adding stakes to the tournament in Mortal Kombat 2. All of it could culminate in a new take on the final battle of Mortal Kombat, with Kuai Liang joining forces with either Cole Young or Scorpion against Noob Saibot in Mortal Kombat 2. Thanks to what looks to be Bi-Han’s more powerful return in Mortal Kombat 2, the potential to build out the mythos of him, Kuai Liang, and Scorpion in exciting ways is a real possibility for the sequel.