Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is in theaters now, and while we definitely recommend it to all Sonic fans out there, we also understand that not everyone is totally cool about going back to theaters just yet – even if it means yours Favorites to see Hedgehog and his buddies on the big screen. So, for anyone who wants to know exactly what’s happening with Sonic, Knuckles, and Tails but is trying to stay home – we’re going to break it down for you right here, right now.
However, this is obviously full of spoilers for the ending of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, so if you’re not someone who wants that, turn back now.
After Robotnik’s theft of the Master Emerald and subsequent creation of a giant (very familiar looking) Robotnik mech to destroy Sonic (and most of Green Hills), Sonic enlisted the help of Tails and Knuckles to defeat the mad scientist to bring case. This involved Sonic nearly sacrificing himself, but ultimately managing to wrestle the Master Emerald out of Robotnik and into himself, coincidentally triggering his transformation into a golden version of himself that fans will instantly recognize as Super Sonic.
As Super Sonic, Sonic is easily able to take down Robotnik’s mech and save the day – in fact, it’s not clear if Robotnik survives the destruction of his robot in the end, although it’s probably best not to count him because no corpse is recovered from the rubble And for a moment after the fight, it’s also not clear whether or not Sonic’s new god-like powers completely wiped out his old personality, but before long he’s using his new abilities to manifest as a Chili Dog and then removes it immediately the Master Emerald (which has now shattered back into the Chaos Emeralds) from his body, causing him to return to normal.
With the promise of watching over the Chaos Emeralds here on Earth with the help of Knuckles and Tails, the trio return to their (relatively) quiet lives in Green Hills, leaving the wreckage of Robotnik’s mech to the newly revealed GUN organization, or the Guardian Units of Nations, a task force formed after the events of the first film (and a reference to the eponymous organization in the games) to deal with Sonic’s alien menace. Stone, has infiltrated GUN’s efforts, presumably to try to bail his boss out of another mess. However, whether he succeeds, or if there is anything to salvage at all, remains a mystery.
But that’s not all – of course we get a teaser after the credits to prepare for a future Sonic movie. We get a glimpse into a secret lab run by GUN where some illegal experiments have been taking place. Apparently the events of the first film inspired the government to try their hand at cloning and bioengineering, and the result is their own alien hedgehog, codenamed Shadow. We see him in his stasis tube before the camera zooms in on his suddenly open eye crackling with energy.
Shadow the Hedgehog is of course an important part of the Sonic franchise and has been a fan-favorite character and anti-hero ever since his introduction to the games in Sonic Adventure 2. However, there are already some obvious differences in the film. Given that the game version of Shadow was a project overseen by the Robotnik family and in the film, it seems that Robotnik not only has no family (unless you count Stone), but they weren’t involved at all . Also, his status as a laboratory of sorts for testing potential cures for a deadly disease is also likely to be shelved for the film – instead, it seems he was created by GUN to be a perfect weapon against any perceived alien threat.
However, given how little of Shadow we actually see, it’s difficult to speculate as to where or how Shadow will fit into this part of the franchise going forward, so it’s probably best not to count yet.
Meanwhile, Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles are all safe on Earth, living with Tom and Maddie and enjoying as much baseball as they can and Chili Dogs to eat.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is in theaters now.