Mortal Kombat 1 is bringing in Hollywood star Megan Fox as the returning Nitara, so, of course, they reference some of her movies. Based on some of the gameplay previews we’ve seen thus far, they decided to bring up Jennifer’s Body in a way that also references more MK lore.
Fighting-Games Daily posted a clip of Nitara clashing with Kung Lao, who then asks her “What did you do with Jen’s body?” Nitara then says “Poor Kung Lao, you’ll never see her again.”
Obviously, this is a reference to Jennifer’s Body, the underrated dark comedy Fox starred in all those years ago. While it bombed at the time of its release, the film has since gained a cult following and is now seen as an underrated classic.
While that reference is amusing enough, “Jen’s Body” is also a reference to Mortal Kombat Conquest, of all things. Geneviere "Jen" Reyland was Kung Lao’s girlfriend in the live-action show, which is a deep but most of us didn’t expect to see.
The fact that Mortal Kombat 1 is referencing this show is weird since this is a semi-reboot of the franchise. Then again, Mortal Kombat has embraced some of its weirder tie-ins as of late. Mortal Kombat 11 actually features DLC based on the very first Mortal Kombat movie.
Megan Fox is only the second major celebrity to appear in Mortal Kombat. Fans will remember how Ronda Rousey appeared in Mortal Kombat 11, voicing veteran character Sonya Blade. Sadly, Rousey’s performance was panned by most fans, so Fox doesn’t have a high bat to leap over.
At the end of the day, fans won’t be picking this fighter up for the celebrities but for the gameplay. Gamers will have plenty of modes to sink their teeth into, including the recently revealed single-player Invasions. Some morbidly curious fans also want to try the Nintendo Switch version, which will probably be really blurry.
Mortal Kombat 1 is coming out on PS5, Xbox Series, PC, and Switch on September 14.