New Mortal Kombat movie canonizes Ultra Instinct Shaggy
Madden NFL 22’s Superstar KO mode will allow the 10 college football teams that participated in the last two Face of the Franchise career narratives to cross over. It will run from Tuesday through Sept 27.
This crossover is the first time that a college football team can play against an opponent online since the passing of the beloved NCAA Football fourteen years ago. Superstar KO, a part of the game since Madden NFL 20, is a cooperative/competitive mode supporting teams of up to three players each; the matches are designed to be quick, and players’ goal is to win four in a row, knocking out all the others. These players can be drafted stars and have buffs or other special attributes that spice up the action.
Current NFL players will wear uniforms for their college alma mater in Superstar KO. Clemson and Miami are from the ACC, LSU and Florida respectively from the SEC, USC and Oregon come from the Pac-12, as well as Michigan State and Texas from the Big Ten.
EA Sports, which is responsible for Madden, announced that a new college football video game was in development at EA Tiburon. The announcement did not say when EA expected to launch this game (other than not in 2021), but the NCAA’s change in policy, in July, which permits players to be compensated for the use of their likenesses, points to date sooner rather than later.
EA Sports announced that Superstar KO with-colleges will be held to celebrate college football’s return. A Livestream is planned for Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET (on the Madden NFL Twitch channel). It will feature Matt Leinart, winner of the Heisman Trophy from USC, against Vince Young, Texas’s all-time great, in a quasi-rematch to their 2006 Rose Bowl match down where Young’s Longhorns won the national championship.
Warner Bros. Animation’s animated Mortal Kombat movie Mortal Kombat Legends dropped Tuesday. It tells the familiar story of the battle of Earthrealm’s warriors against the outworld villains. It also quickly confirms the canonical existence of “Ultra Instinct Shaggy,” the Dragon Ball-inspired Scooby-Doo meme of yore (aka 2017).
Mortal Kombat Legends opens with a WB Animation production emblem in which Scorpion punches and kicks and attempts to intimidate, but is then snatched by a green-glowing Shaggy from behind the Warner Bros. shield in NetherRealm. Shaggy takes Scorpion’s catchphrase and adds his own lacker flair to it: “Zoinks!” Scooby-Doo is also there.
This is part of the Ultra Instinct Shaggy meme. It was derived from the animated film Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur is the episode in which Shaggy beats up a biker gang and when Goku reached Ultra Instinct in the Dragon Ball Super episode, “Son Goku Wakes!” The animation is a sequel to the WB Animation production emblem from Mortal Kombat Legends, Scorpion’s Revenge. This animated precursor to Battle of the Realms was also used in the new level of the Awakened. The intro is shown below. Scorpion drags a hyper Daffy Duck through the same portal as WB’s logo portal into Mortal Kombat hell.
Ultra Instinct Shaggy, Mortal Kombat Legends’ Ultra Instinct Shaggy, is visually in line with the MK franchise. His green aura is very similar to the soul-based energy used outworld’s Shao Khan and Quan Chi.
His appearance could also be a concession in a fan-fueled effort to convince Warner Bros., MK developer NetherRealm Studios to place Shaggy in Mortal Kombat 11. This was despite 380,000 signatures on a Change.org petition.
Ultra Instinct Shaggy’s arrival in the MK universe was a big deal on Twitter Tuesday morning. Ed Boon, creative director of NetherRealm, and co-creator of the Mortal Kombat franchise was captivated by the news.