Mixed martial arts fighter Cole Young has repeatedly agreed to lose for money. He doesn't know about his legacy and why the Emperor of the Outside World, Shang Tsung, is sending his best warrior, the powerful cryomancer Sub-Zero, to hunt for Cole. Young fears for the safety of his family, and Special Forces Major Jax, who has the same dragon mark as Cole, advises him to go in search of Sonya Blade. He soon finds himself in the temple of Lord Raiden, the Elder God and protector of the Earth Realm, who gives shelter to those who bear the mark. Here, Cole trains with experienced warriors Liu Kang, Kung Lao, and rogue mercenary Kano, preparing to join Earth's greatest champions in facing off against enemies from the Outside World in the battle for the universe. But will Cole be able to do his best and unleash the arcana – the powerful power of his soul - to not only save his family, but also stop the Outside World once and for all?