No Neo or John Wick in Mortal Kombat, says Keanu Reeves

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Keanu Reeves has addressed the question that Mortal Kombat fans are apparently asking. In an interview with Esquire To promote Matrix 4 (thanks, eurogamer) The internet’s favorite good guy was asked if Neo or John Wick would appear in a Mortal Kombat game, if it was up to him.

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“If it was up to me? No,” Reeves says, though instead of going straight to death he offers friendship. “Mortal Kombat is terrifying in a lot of ways, but I think… um you know, Neo, John Wick, yeah man they’re doing their job. Mortal Kombat is doing its thing.”

I like how he says “brilliant in many ways.” You can interpret it in many ways.


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It’s probably worth saying that the rights to the Neo character are held by Warner Bros., which publish Mortal Kombat, so this crossover remains a real possibility. The John Wick franchise is controlled by Lionsgate.

Reeves’ comment dashed the hopes of Mortal Kombat fans who wanted to be The One. It was mainly those characters wanted in particular (Mortal Kombat 11 included classic action heroes like The Terminator, RoboCop and Rambo) and series co-creator Ed Boon occasionally. tease the possibilities,

Boon, currently creative director of Mortal Kombat developer NetherRealm, has talked about adding Neo and John Wick to the series in the past. He also said at one point that Neo had been suggested for Mortal Kombat 9, but he wasn’t sure of the fit: “I remember [Warner Bros.] Neo brought. So there was a whole bunch of people who, for business reasons or creatively, we didn’t think they would fit in,” Boone told game informant, Whatever fans think, Boone is probably right: Some characters can fit between Mortal Kombat’s blood and viscera, but seeing Neo rip someone’s spine down doesn’t quite fit with that character’s vibe.

Reeves and his characters are certainly found elsewhere in video games, the most notable recent example being his turn as Johnny Silverhand in Cyberpunk 2077. There are a great handful of official and very decent John Wick Hex and Matrix games out there, including the beat-em-up Path of Neo, in which you fight the city-sized Agent Smith before fighting hell out of the film’s storyline. Extended.

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