With release of the new reboot Kickboxer: Vengeance, many fans are dying to see what's in store for our action hero Kurt Sloan in the upcoming sequel Kickboxer: Retaliation. Here is a list of five things to expect in the upcoming martial arts sequel.
5. Kurt Sloan Will Return To Thailand — In Prison
Yes you read that correctly. Kurt Sloan will return to Thailand, but unfortunately behind bars. According to the plot, it has now been a year since Kurt avenged his fallen brother in Thailand, vowing to never return. This time as Kurt is preparing for an MMA championship match, he is sedated and extradited back to an infamous prison in Thailand. Afterwards it is revealed that the man responsible is has placed Kurt in prison to see him face off against a massive 6'8" 400lb behemoth of Muay Thai fury named Mongkut, with a $2 million reward as well as his freedom in return. Kurt reluctantly refuses, which causes his captor to push him even further by placing a bounty on his head. Having no other choice, Kurt decides to undergo his most rigorous training yet in order to come face to face with a more fearsome brute more deadlier than Tong Po.
4. Christopher Lambert Is The Film's Main Villain
Christopher Lambert who is well known for his role in the Highlander franchise will appear as the film's main villain named Thomas Moore. In the film, Moore is an incredibly wealthy ex-pat who was a martial artist in his youth and now rules underground fighting in Thailand with an iron fist.
Knowing Sloan's fame, Moore decides to imprison Kurt to set up the ultimate fight for his own pleasure. By doing so, Moore enlists the help of a scientist implementing multiple enhancement drugs to create the brute force warrior known as Mongkut. It seems as if Lambert's character could be loosely based off of Justin Maciah (played by the late Peter Boyle in Kickboxer 2) in which he owned several fighters who he enhanced using multiple drugs to compete in battle.
3. Mike Tyson And Ronaldinho Are In The Film, As Well As Other Athletes
New additions to the new sequel are former professional boxer Mike Tyson & soccer player Ronaldinho. No word has been said on the name of Tyson's character, but it is said that his character is a hardened convict who is forced into the world of fighting behind bars. Not much has been said about Ronaldinho's character, but it is more than likely that his character is also a convict forced into the underground prison fighting scene.
Other additions to the sequel are American strongman Brian Shaw, UFC fighters Roy Nelson and Fabricio Werdum as well as current Glory Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven. Based on set photos it seems like the fighters mentioned will also be playing prisoners who are also forced by Moore to face off against Sloan. Also appearing are Gina Carano and Jean Claude Van Damme, reprising their roles as Marcia and Master Durand respectively.
2. Mongkut Will Be Played By 'The Mountain'
The role of the monstrous Mongkut will be played by none other than Icelandic strongman Hafthor Julius Bjornsson who is well known as 'The Mountain' in HBO's Game Of Thrones. In the film, Mongkut is a physically enhanced fighter standing at 6'8" weighing in at 400 lbs of brute strength & solid muscle. What fans can expect to see is Bjornsson's character giving Sloan the ultimate fight of his life.
1. Kickboxer: Syndicate
Much like the early announcement of Kickboxer: Retaliation before the release of Kickboxer: Vengeance, it is now confirmed that a third film is already underway with the title Kickboxer: Syndicate. So far not much is known about the film other than it is planned to complete a trilogy in the newly rebooted Kickboxer film series. Seeing as fans enjoyed Vengeance and are likely to get an adrenaline rush from Retaliation, it's hard to believe that the rebooted franchise will only consist of three films.
So far, the rebooted Kickboxer film series is looking to succeed where the original series failed. In the original series, the first two films centered on the Sloan vs. Po story, which had the perfect conclusion at the end of the second film, opening the door to a new story in the third film (only for them to drag back in Tong Po in the fourth installment). Thinking it couldn't get any worse, eventually the Sloan chapter was poorly closed in the fifth film, which, due to its failure, cancelled a planned Kickboxer 6, rumored to have also seen the return for Tong Po once again.
Where the new Kickboxer series can go is to see Kurt Sloan battle a new type of enemy with each having a unique style Kurt has never faced before. Just imagine a sequel where Kurt puts his Muay Thai to the test against Iko Uwais' Silat in a future Kickboxer sequel or perhaps being challenged by Lateef Crowder's style of Capoeira. It will be very interesting to see Kurt battle fighters from all over the world.
The best I can predict for Kickboxer: Syndicate is that the story could loosely be based off of Kickboxer 4: The Aggressor in which Kurt is recruited by a law enforcement agency to eliminate the leader of a criminal organization by going undercover as a kickboxer entering a high-stakes fight to the death tournament consisting of the world's top fighters. This would be the perfect way to bring in a massive hoard of martial artists around the world to square off against Sloan, including: Matt Mullins, Scott Adkins, Iko Uwais, Tony Jaa, Marresse Crump, Michael Jai White, Kane Kosugi and many others.
The only three subplots I can think of that would goad Kurt into the tournament would be to free Lui, who is kidnapped by the film's villain, free young women that have been abducted by the film's villain (which would be a nod to Kickboxer III: The Art Of War), or my top choice, which would see Kurt enter the tournament to avenge the death of Durand (who was killed by the film's villain). Although Syndicate won't be released until either 2018 or 2019, fans should definitely expect a teaser for Syndicate at the end of Retaliation.
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Well that's my list of the top five things to expect in Kickboxer: Retaliation. So what did you guys think? Do you agree with the list? Was there anything you felt that should have been on the list? Let me know what you think in the comments section below.