Before Mortal Kombat 11 was even released, fans were already receiving indication that Ash Williams, the protagonist from the legendary The Evil Dead film franchise, would be joining the MK11 roster as a post-launch fighter. Indeed, a variety of evidence has continually pointed to Ash as a possible Mortal Kombat 11 Kombat Pack 1 character. However, all of the MK11 Kombat Pack 1 characters have been now revealed, and Ash is not amongst them, leaving some wondering exactly where he might be.
The first hint at Ash as a Mortal Kombat 11 DLC character came by way of an MK11 DLC leak that gave the names of nine characters that would supposedly join the roster post-launch. This Mortal Kombat 11 DLC leak has consistently been proven accurate, and Ash was one of the names contained within it. This established the idea that Ash was set to appear as an MK11 DLC character, and this idea received additional support thereafter.
For instance, around the same time as the aforementioned Mortal Kombat DLC leak, a datamine of the game files uncovered scripted dialogue for all of the supposed DLC characters that had been named. This included dialogue for Ash in Mortal Kombat 11, which certainly lent further credence to the idea that he would be an MK11 DLC fighter.
Thereafter, the trailer that named Nightwolf, Sindel, and Spawn as Kombat Pack 1 characters seemed to contain a clue pointing to Ash as one of the unannounced Mortal Kombat 11 DLC characters. Specifically, the sound of a chainsaw was heard at the end of this MK11 Kombat Pack 1 teaser, and there is no question that such a tool is closely associated with Ash Williams himself.
Following this teaser, Google ads also began to point to Ash as an MK11 Kombat Pack character, as fans started to encounter advertisements listing him as a DLC fighter for the game. While it was possible that the appearance of these ads on Google was simply an anomaly, they seemed to further legitimize the theory that had been established by everything that has been outlined above.
However, the theory of Ash in MK11 Kombat Pack 1 crumbled yesterday when the remaining two DLC characters, the Terminator and the Joker, were announced by way of an Mortal Kombat 11 Kombat Pack trailer. That said, some interesting information came to liaght alongside the release of this trailer, as some players reportedly encountered an announcement that seems to finally prove that Ash was indeed planned to be part of the game's first Kombat Pack.
This announcement appeared within Mortal Kombat 11, but only to certain players, and it lists the following names for Kombat Pack 1: Shang Tsung, Nightwolf, Terminator, Ash Williams, Sindel, and Spawn. With such an announcement occurring in the game itself, it now seems safe to say that Ash was definitely intended to be part of the first MK11 Kombat Pack, and the question becomes why he was not.
While there is no official answer to this question, some fans speculate that the Joker took Ash's place in Kombat Pack 1 in order to create synergy with the new Joker film that is set for release this October. Indeed, Warner Bros. is behind the distribution of Joker and the publishing of Mortal Kombat 11, and it is reasonable to think that the company would look to capitalize on the excitement created by the film by adding Joker as an MK11 DLC character.
That said, Ash being replaced by the Joker does not mean that he will never be available as a Mortal Kombat 11 DLC character. With NetherRealm Studios previously suggesting that it plans to support MK11 for years to come, a second Kombat Pack seems like a real possibility. Perhaps then it is in Mortal Kombat 11 Kombat Pack 2 where Ash will now make his appearance, and it seems likely that he will be accompanied by Fujin and Sheeva, two characters named in the initial DLC leak.
However, it is important to note that Bruce Campbell, the actor who has portrayed Ash Williams for decades, has continually denied that Ash will appear in Mortal Kombat 11. While the evidence certainly seems to contradict Campbell's statements, it is possible that a set of circumstances required that Ash be scrapped as a Mortal Kombat 11 DLC fighter, which may explain the actor's indications. Unfortunately for those that would like official word on the matter, it might be a long time coming, as Kombat Pack 1 will not even be fully released until March 2020.
Mortal Kombat 11 is out now for PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One, with a Stadia version in development.