Sonic 3 movie ideas: Brought to you by children!By Matthew Martin| September 19, 2022 Movie Blogs After the surprise success of the first Sonic the Hedgehog movie (a film that was given every reason to flop but instead ended up being arguably the best video game film to that point), SEGA and Paramount quickly went into production on a follow-up. Once again, there were challenges to overcome, this time due to factors outside of the studio’s control, namely Covid. The first movie was released right as the pandemic spread to its (first) panic-inducing level. Movie theaters were closing left and right only a few weeks after the film’s premiere. The second movie was developed in the midst of the pandemic, with social distancing guidelines, quarantine procedures, face mask mandates, and other rules at their strictest levels. And yet, once again, the movie was released to great success, raking in over 400 million at the worldwide box office. Naturally, a third film is on the way, and as with the first one (which teased Eggman was alive in a mushroom kingdom of sorts…not that one), the second movie ended with a tease at what is to come in part three: Shadow the Hedgehog. So where do we go from here? What secrets will be uncovered in the third film of the franchise? What are the must-haves, the must-sees, and the must-casts that will make part three the biggest and best Sonic film of them all? I consulted with the closest things I could to an “authority” on the subject: My two youngest sons, Joshua (age 7) and Caleb (age 13). Together they have seen Sonic 1 and 2 a combined fifty times. Individually, they have seen Sonic 1 and 2…fifty times. I can’t get the movie to stop playing at my house. Please send help. They are fans of the games too, though being young, they did not grow up with the Genesis classics as I did. Fortunately, being young, they also missed out on the mostly abysmal game releases that happened in the post-Genesis era. Their love of Sonic is carefully curated around picking and choosing the very best of the franchise. They’ve played the OG trilogy+Knuckles, they’ve played the Adventure games, and they still play and enjoy Sonic Mania, arguably the best Sonic game since Adventure 2, and maybe the best 2D Sonic game since +Knuckles. So who better than they to tell me (and all the Paramount execs reading this) what the next Sonic movie should feature. Take it away kids… Keanu Reeves as Shadow! -Caleb One way or another, Shadow the Hedgehog is coming to a big screen soon. But who will play the mysterious villain? I don’t think anyone saw the casting of Idris Elba as Knuckles coming when it was announced, but the end result somehow worked perfectly. If we’re going to stunt cast this, and we must, then who better than the silky-tongued Keanu Reeves? He can bring an instantly identifiable voice, and though he doesn’t have much range (which is kind of his whole persona), there’s not much range needed for a character like Shadow. Good call, Caleb. Super Shadow vs Super Sonic…in space! -Joshua The Super Sonic finale to Sonic 2 was, in a word, epic. I think the theater I was in squealed louder for that moment than they did Mr. Fantastic’s reveal in Doctor Strange 2. How do you top that? You don’t…you match it. Super vs Super. And then, just to take the whole thing to the ultimate level, you set the fight against the backdrop of outer space. Yes. I think that’s a finale worthy of part three. Good call, Joshua. No Amy. -Caleb Once you get past the core trio of Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles, fans are a little divided about the rest of the cast of characters that orbit Sonic’s world. Amy has been around a long time, but she’s never been as warmly received as Sonic’s creators might’ve liked. It seems inevitable, as the movie franchise continues prospering, that everyone will end up on screen eventually. Caleb, however, would be happy passing over the pink-haired, hammer-swinging, girlfriend-wannabe. Yes Amy…and she and Sonic kiss! -Joshua Joshua, on the other hand, is all in. Seeing as how Amy’s entire character is built around chasing Sonic (get it? chasing? cause he’s so fast!), trying to woo him, despite his obliviousness (or disinterest, depending on the story), I don’t think a kiss is in the cards, but a romantic subplot might be something done in movie three to set it apart from the first two. Ugly Sonic cameo! -Caleb Ugly Sonic has had one of the most shocking turnarounds for a media character since Daenerys Targaryen went from “girl power personified” to “she-Hitler” in a single episode of Game of Thrones. In Ugly Sonic’s case, he went from “reject” to “hero” in the span of a single, unrelated movie. After being unceremoniously dumped by Paramount for looking like a giant blue rat with human teeth, the character model reappeared in the meta-comedy Chip-n-Dale: Rescue Rangers. He even played a critical role in defeating the bad guys and saving the day. As of now, Ugly Sonic is a cinderella darling. Why not capitalize on his newfound popularity and use him in the movie? There’s a precedence for it, too: We had references to Sanic and Ugandan Knuckles in the first two movies. An Ugly Sonic appearance would feel right at home. Fat Eggman! -Joshua Yes. A thousand times yes. First of all, such a wish is predicated on Jim Carrey returning as Eggman. The legendary comedy actor has hinted at retirement but I think it would be a shame for him to walk away without finishing at least a trilogy’s worth of Sonic films, considering how pivotal he was to the first two movies’ success. Eggman in movie one was a far cry from his video game counterpart, but Jim Carrey breathed so much life into the character it was impossible not to love him. Movie two featured an Eggman that felt very much like he stepped out of the 16-bit wars. The only thing missing was his trademark giant body. There’s a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it tease of it in the movie, but I want the full thing. Joshua wants it. America wants it. The world wants it. Make it happen. Give us Fat Eggman. We’re still a couple of years away from Sonic 3’s release. One thing that has set the previous two movies apart from so many other video game adaptations is the commitment by the creators to make the movie feel like the game “come to life.” Changes are necessary, and adjustments must be made, but at the end of the day Sonic feels like Sonic. I’m confident Sonic 3 will, too. With or without Amy kissing her would-be boyfriend.