Jax’s ending in Mortal Kombat 11 is the best and boldest in the game

Mortal Kombat 11 is out now, and at the risk of lightly spoiling a particular character’s story, you owe it to yourself to check out Jackson “Jax” Briggs’ individual ending, which does some big things with the fighting game’s time-manipulation plot device.

Even if you don’t plan to play Mortal Kombat 11 but might be interested in what Jax is up to these days — or what people might be talking about in both positive and negative ways — it’s worth the minute-and-change.

[Warning: The following contains spoilers for Mortal Kombat 11.]

Separate from Mortal Kombat 11’s main story mode are endings for each character. These endings can be seen by completing one of the Klassic Towers, and they’re similar to Mortal Kombat’s arcade endings, in which a non-canonical denouement for each character plays out.

Jax’s is particularly interesting in that, after defeating Mortal Kombat 11’s time-twisting supervillian Kronika, he uses her powerful hourglass to reshape time. What does Jax do? He rewrites history, apparently ending the trans-Atlantic slave trade before it had a chance to begin.

“I’ve been lucky,” Jax explains as he uses Kronika’s power to change the past. “My family and I have lived the American dream. But most people who look like me haven’t had that chance. I owe it to them to put things right, and I’m not waiting centuries for people to get woke when I’ve got the power to speed things up.”

Jax says it takes a few attempts at reweaving time to put things right (while also keeping his wife Vera and daughter Jacqui as part of his timeline). “But eventually, I knock it out of the damn park,” Jax says. And then, to really sell that line, there’s the crack of a baseball bat.

Bizarrely, the reaction to this amazing character ending — in which Jax reshapes the lives of an estimated 12 million people who suffered immeasurably under the practice of slavery, as well as those of future generations — has been mixed. On the one side, many smart people agree that this ending rules. On the other, we have some angry racists.

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