Ever since its official unveiling a few weeks ago, speculation has been running wild as to which “guest” characters would be appearing in the forthcoming Mortal Kombat 11. And the sky’s the limit considering that Mortal Kombat XL was the home to various horror heroes like Friday the 13th’s Jason Voorhees and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s Leatherface. But then something interesting happened: a fan created a petition to bring Scooby-Doo’s Shaggy into the fray, and it’s suddenly getting some huge traction from fellow fans. And now it’s gotten so big that Ed Boon, NetherRealm Studios creative director, has addressed the matter.
That’s not to say it’s an official confirmation or anything, but his response is interesting, to say the least. Earlier today, when a fan reached out to Boon on Twitter with the statement, “We want Shaggy,” he responded in kind:
Let me know how that works out for you... //t.co/0da0D4GJte— Ed Boon (@noobde) January 28, 2019
But then he decided to have some fun with the idea, as he found a drawing and decided to share it on the social media channel, featuring Shaggy with light-up eyes. You can see that tweet below:
Hi? Lo? Mid? Grab? I will mix your shit up in fighting games! pic.twitter.com/nzCq4iskj7— Ed Boon (@noobde) January 28, 2019
And, of course, fans ate it up:
Can't wait for a fatality involving Scooby snacks— Kuldeep Gautam (@kuldeepgautm) January 28, 2019
Shaggy confirmed for MK11— Tomato (@your_grand) January 28, 2019
Well Hellboy, and TMNT worked in Injustice, Negan is in Tekken. This could work :)— luke smithson (@Luke_S1986) January 28, 2019
Ed, no.— Raphael Bleu (@SpinkyRB) January 28, 2019
But there is one particular response that’s gotten the most attention, and that’s from the man who portrayed Shaggy in the Scooby-Doo movies, Matthew Lillard. He even gave props to the artist that brought “spiritual Shaggy” to life, Raiko.
You have done well my child. Zoink. //t.co/J9h53HcbgY— matthew lillard (@MatthewLillard) January 28, 2019
Indeed, it’s pretty surreal to see. But does that mean Shaggy stands a "ghost" of a chance of getting into the game? It’s still too soon to tell.
Would you want to see Shaggy in Mortal Kombat 11? Let us know in the comments or reach out to me on Twitter at @TheDCD!