Actress Sisi Stringer offers hopeful news on Mileena’s return in Mortal Kombat 2. In 2021, WB rebooted the Mortal Kombat film series with an R-rated movie helmed by first-time director Simon McQuoid. The story focuses on a new character, Lewis Tan’s washed-up MMA combatant Cole Yong, as he teams with some powerful allies to prevent the impending destruction of the Earthrealm and defeat the murderous villain Sub-Zero (Joe Taslim). Although the response to the reboot was mixed, there was praise for the movie’s faithfulness to its source material. This led WB to greenlight a Mortal Kombat sequel, with McQu0id returning and Moon Knight writer Jeremy Slater penning the screenplay.
Although Mortal Kombat 2 has been officially announced, it’s not abundantly clear which characters from the original movie will return for the sequel. The 2021 reboot saw several notable fighters dying, including Nitara (Mel Jarnson), Goro (Angus Sampson), Kano (Josh Lawson), and Kabal (Daniel Nelson/Damon Herriman). But perhaps the most brutal fatality in Mortal Kombat was Mileena’s, who had her stomach and chest ruptured by the newly minted champion Sonya Blade’s (Jessica McNamee) energy beam. At that time, it seemed that Mileena’s story was over, but that it is not necessarily the case.
During an interview with Screen Rant while promoting her Peacock show Vampire Academy at San Diego Comic-Con, Stringer gave a promising response to Mileena’s potential return in Mortal Kombat 2. The actress emphasized that Mileena is essentially a clone, so even though she may have died in the Outworld, it’s still possible for her to return in the sequel considering that Mortal Kombat treats death as another dimension or portal. As of this writing, Mileena’s return isn’t confirmed, but the actress doesn’t want fans to give up hope for her potential comeback. Read what she said below.
“I think, if you look at the lore of the game – sometimes it’s different, but it’s all within the world. Mileena is a clone. So, I may have died in the first one, but like Shang Tsung says, ‘Death is just another portal.’ Anyone could come back at any time; anything could happen. If you’re a fan of Mileena, don’t give up hope. I don’t know yet, but don’t give up hope.”
Reviving dead characters isn’t an unfamiliar concept in the Mortal Kombat game lore. In the games, wrongdoers are condemned to Netherrealm, a version of hell, but powerful sorcerers like Quan Chi can resurrect them as inhuman Revenants. Mileena is the clone of the Edenian Princess Kitana, whom Shang Tsung animated with Tarkatan blood. She has been revived multiple times, once by Shinnok when he sent her to spy on Shao Kahn’s invasion of the Earthrealm in Mortal Kombat Trilogy, and another time by Kronika’s manipulation of time in Mortal Kombat 11. With these established precedents, it’s possible that the upcoming Mortal Kombat sequel might pull from a game arc to restore Mileena to life.
Right now, it’s hard to confirm if Mileena would or would not appear in the sequel. The movie is already seeking to introduce some other prominent game characters, as it has been confirmed that Johnny Cage will appear in Mortal Kombat 2. While it will be interesting to see Mileena and Johnny’s hilarious conflict from Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate reimagined for a movie, filmmakers may take an entirely different approach to the sequel. Still, considering how well-received Stinger’s Mileena was in the 2021 reboot, it would be a missed opportunity not to have her back, especially when Mortal Kombat 2 can benefit from a tumultuous relationship between her and the Tarkatan warrior Baraka. That said, viewers need to keep an eye out for more information, as the story of Mortal Kombat 2 will likely become clear as development on the sequel continues.