Like most games, Mortal Kombat 11 has its own fair share of Easter eggs, ranging from the connection between Frost and Disney's Elsa to Johnny Cage having a Toy Story Easter egg. Now, it appears to be Baraka's turn, as he has a clear nod to Marvel's Black Panther and perhaps his most iconic phrase "Wakanda Forever."
As seen above, Black Panther is known to give the "Wakanda Forever" salute after crossing his arms in a show of solidarity. It quickly became a meme of its own, as several people would give this salute following their victories, but this trend has tapered off since the release of the 2018 film. Yet this doesn't stop Mortal Kombat 11's Baraka from giving the same salute.
Mortal Kombat 11 players can unlock the "Tarkata Forever" cinematic after clearing Baraka's third tower in the Towers of Time. This cinematic sees Baraka cross his arms in victory, not unlike Black Panther's iconic stance, and while many may consider this a dead meme, it seems likely that it'll be revived whenever Black Panther 2 hits theaters.
This Marvel Easter egg should come as a surprise to no one for a variety of reasons. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is currently at its height, with Avengers: Endgame recently passing Titanic in the Box Office. More than that, the Mortal Kombat 11 franchise's co-creator, Ed Boon, has expressed interest in creating a Marvel fighting game. He's apparently even talked to Marvel about creating one, but it's unclear how much he could say, if anything, on the matter. This wouldn't mean that it was in development, either, but it would likely be well-received.
It remains to be seen if Mortal Kombat 11 will hide any more Marvel Easter eggs in its forthcoming DLC selection of characters. It's currently not even known who will be featured as DLC, except for the confirmed Shang Tsung, but there is a wide variety of Mortal Kombat characters that MK11 DLC could use to expand its current roster, with fans calling for Ermac, Reptile, or Mileena, among others.
Mortal Kombat 11 is out now for PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One.