Comic creator Todd McFarlane has given Warner Brothers Interactive a limited permission to use the character Spawn in its video games – opening a gateway for the undying anti-hero to fight in the upcoming Mortal Kombat X!
Although it’s not yet officially confirmed that we’ll be able to play as the former CIA agent who died, was reborn in necroplasm and who eventually became the “New King of Hell” but putting this deal in place seems to be the first step in satisfying that intention and Spawn has been one of the most demanded additions to the kombatant line-up by MK fans online.
With his supernatural skills, ability to transform his body into demonic weapons and his penchant for dispatching his enemies in the most gruesome fashion, the Hell-spawned hero could certainly hold his own against veteran fighters the likes of Scorpion, Raiden and Shao Khan.
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Todd McFarlane first published Spawn through his own company Image Comics in 1992 (the same year as the original Mortal Kombat was released) after a stint with Marvel where he co-created the popular Spider-man villain Venom. His company also publishes the monthly The Walking Dead comics and off-shoot McFarlane Toys has been in the business of producing realistic miniatures of cult characters and rock and sports icons for the past twenty years.
Spawn has already appeared in a handful of games including Spawn: The Video Game on SNES and Spawn: Armageddon on PS2 and Todd himself commented on the limited time arrangement which would allow Warner Bros. to use the Spawn likeness in its next gen video games saying “I don’t know if they’re ever gonna use it. They just might squat on it”.
McFarlane added “I need the brand of Spawn to be bigger than it is right now” and it’s no secret that the twisted comic genius wants to get a Spawn movie out sometime soon to bring big screen justice to the character after the first effort met poor reception in 1997. Getting Spawn into Mortal Kombat X might offer the exposure required to get him out of the darkness of cult fandom and out to a much larger platform.
Mortal Kombat X is set for release on April the 15th 2015 for PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360. We await confirmation on the complete list of kombatants and whether a certain crispy-fried crusader will now be joining the tournament!