Despite concerns and questions, Sonic the Hedgehog has performed well at the box office. With an $85 million budget, it has already topped the $200 million mark worldwide and keeps zooming along. Will there be a Sonic the Hedgehog 2?
While that may not be Marvel, Disney, Star Wars, or DC numbers, it’s not too shabby. Especially when you account for the fan outcry that met the first trailer, which led to Paramount delaying the movie in order to redesign the title character. It has also garnered relatively positive reviews from critics. The film currently sits at modest 64% on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, along with a 93% audience score.
With this albeit modest success, the question presents itself, will we see a sequel? Let’s look into the future at Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Is Happening
When you combine the relatively solid box office run, a solid-though-not-spectacular critical performance, and the obvious groundwork Sonic lays for Sonic the Hedgehog 2, the answer has to be a resounding: Yes.
Paramount has officially greenlit Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Jeff Fowler is returning to direct the the followup. Pat Casey and Josh Miller will return to write the sequel script
Given that, the earliest likely date we might see Sonic the Hedgehog 2 hit theaters would be 2022.
How Sonic Sets Up a Sequel
Due to the franchise potential, the first movie definitely sets up Sonic the Hedgehog 2 in a number of ways.
Within the movie itself, the filmmakers establish that there are multiple planets out there. And on these planets are certain parties interested in getting their hands on Sonic and his massive power potential. The whole movie begins with him barely escaping a crew of rather ill-tempered echidnas who want to snatch him. When the movie ends, he’s now living in full view of the public in Green Hills, Montana, no longer hiding. Anyone looking for him will have a much easier time tracking him down.
Which brings us to the post-credits scenes. More accurately, they’re mid-credits scenes.
The first catches us up with Dr. Robotnik, played with a manic fury by Jim Carrey. By this point, Sonic has bested the tech-mad lunatic and banished him to the mushroom planet. We knew he was still alive, but this gives us an idea of his circumstances.
We see Robotnik, now bald and with a giant mustache—he resembles the traditional appearance of the character from the games and cartoons, but also Colonel Kurtz from Apocalypse Now. He’s stranded, his ship in ruins, but he has the drive to escape, a plan, and one of Sonic’s quills, which he can use as a power source. He vows to be home by Christmas and we’re not ones to put it past him.
The second post-credits scene ties into the whole Sonic-being-more-easily-found thing.
In the mountains surrounding Green Hills, we see ring portal similar to one of Sonic’s appear. A creature emerges with a tracker. Turns out to be a two-tailed fox fans will recognize as Miles “Tails” Prower, Sonic’s sidekick and ostensible BFF beginning in Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
Most of us assume Tails’ motivations are benevolent, especially because he indicates he hopes to enlist Sonic’s help in some matter. What that matter is, remains to be seen, but if Tails can find our favorite blue hedgehog, it stands to reason he’s not the only one.
Who Could Return For Sonic The Hedgehog 2?
Now that Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is happening, who should we expect to see return for the sequel?
The most obvious answer to this question is Sonic himself. Wouldn’t be much of a Sonic the Hedgehog movie without Sonic the actual Hedgehog, now would it? Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) voices the blue speedster, giving him an irreverent, fast-talking personality that fits the character’s origins.
On the human side, it’s easy to assume that we’ll once again see Tom (James Marsden) and Maddie Wachowski (Tika Sumpter). At the end of the first movie, Sonic lives with them, not to mention they’re his best and only friends. It stands to reason that any adventures he has in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 might involve them. However, if the action takes place off-world, say, if Sonic takes up with Tails for whatever mission he has in mind, who knows if Tom and Maddie would join, or if they’re even able to.
It’s also pretty obvious that Dr. Robotnik is destined to appear should Sonic the Hedgehog 2 materialize. Not only is he the franchise big bad, as already discussed, but he’s also alive and well, just stranded on a mushroom planet. Whether or not he makes it back by Christmas, who knows? But he almost certainly has a major role to play still. Also, Jim Carrey is the highlight of Sonic, so it would be a shame to miss out on more of his unhinged gadget-obsessed baddie.
For his part, Carrey also sounds like he’s game for more. In an interview, he said, “I wouldn’t mind going to do another one because it was so much fun, first of all, and a real challenge to try to convince people that I have a triple-digit IQ… There is so much room, you know, Robotnik has not reached his apotheosis.”
We could also see a few other characters return, but it would mostly be minor, inconsequential players like Adam Pally’s dim-witted deputy Wade, or the town lunatic, Crazy Carl (Frank C. Turner).
The Plot of Sonic 2
Now we get into the realm of wild speculation. There are no plot details yet, but what might Sonic the Hedgehog 2 be about?
A couple of things seem like no-brainers. First, Dr. Robotnik will play a major villainous role. It also appears likely that whatever the story, it will involve Tails and the driving force that pushed him to search for Sonic. Beyond that, it’s anybody’s guess.
Early on in Sonic, we see the title character escape from that crew of echidnas who want to harness his power for their own purposes. Echidnas are all over the games, including one of note: Knuckles. His role in the franchise began as antagonistic and he’s been a popular figure across platforms. One rumor making the rounds even indicated Paramount may have already approached Dwayne Johnson to voice the character.
Perhaps Robotnik, in his attempts to return to Earth, hops from planet to planet and encounters the echidnas. It’s not too far out of the realm of possibility for him to team up with a like-minded force with similar goals.
Knuckles also opens the door to another potential story arc: one involving Chaos Emeralds. In the games, these mystical gems each hold a unique power. However, they’re controlled by a single Master Emerald, and it just so happens that Knuckles has served as the guardian of this stone. If Robotnik knows of their existence, he’d probably like to get his grubby little mitts on them if possible.
For his part, Tails seems pretty serious when we encounter him. A crazed-scientist and a disgruntled echidna army running amok with an ancient power is certainly dire. It might even drive someone to, I don’t know, jump worlds looking for a powerful blue ally.
These are just a few possibilities. With multiple games, shows, movies, and comics to mine, there’s no shortage of potential storylines for Sonic the Hedgehog 2.