Aw yeah, Sonic the Hedgehog is happenin’! That’s right, after the smash success of the first film Sonic the Hedgehog will be returning to theaters! That first film was a great start to a series of Sonic films, fairly low key in its story and world building and mostly focused on developing the cast and comedy.
Still, between all the jokes there was an undercurrent of a much larger story going in the background. A story that we would love to see explored in Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
The most obvious sequel hook comes at the very end of the first film when Tails showed up from a ring portal. Of course fans of the games know Tails as Sonic’s best friend but we have no idea if the two have ever met each other in the film universe. A sequel could explore any past the two might have. Perhaps, unlike previous canons, Sonic and Tails are the same age and knew each other when Sonic was Baby Sonic.
Another angle could explain why Tails was searching for Sonic, as he mentions in the final scene. Why was he looking for him? Did Longclaw survive and she sent Tails off to find him? Tails has often been tech focused in the games and comics so that fits what we’d expect. But why was there a sense of urgency in Tails’ voice? Perhaps it had something to do with…
The Echidna Tribe
At the start of the first film Sonic is having fun with his powers, which is noticed by a tribe of Echidnas. Their attack is what prompts Longclaw to send Sonic to Earth… but did they ever stop looking for Sonic? The second film could tackle the Echidna tribe sending their representative to Earth… Knuckles.
Yes, everyone’s favorite (not chucklin’) Knuckles from the video games could make an appearance! Considering how much it costs to animate a character like Sonic it’s reasonable to assume the whole Echidna Clan wouldn’t come to Earth but just Knuckles would work great. Maybe Tails was going to Earth to warn Sonic about Knuckles?
Sonic and Knuckles were enemies turned friends in the video games so this would make a great story for the second Sonic film. Maybe he’ll fight with Sonic at first but then help him fight off the rest of the Echidna’s after he flexes his muscles a bit. (And if you need to know more about Knuckles do we have an article for you.)
Robotnik and the Mushroom Planet
After being shoved into a ring portal Robotnik has been living on the mushroom planet that Sonic mentioned throughout the first film. The last we saw of him he had grown a mustache (much like the one the character has in the video games) and talking to a rock. He still had one of Sonic’s quills though so there’s a chance he could come back for revenge. Maybe Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles could all team up to fight him!
Tom and Maddie
Yes, Sonic fans want more of the video game world and characters but these two were genuinely adorable and couples goals in the first film. We hope Maddie gets more to do since she was sadly absent for a good chunk of Sonic and Tom’s adventure. Maybe she can buddy up with Sonic and Tails while Tom deals with Knuckles.
Tom also left behind his big city job and decided to stay in Green Hills so there’s a chance to see more of the town and Tom settling in for the rest of his life there. Which, of course, could all be disrupted by Knuckles or Robotnik.
Unquestionably the scene that made the biggest impression on fans during the first film was the opening flashback to Sonic’s home world. If they really wanted to blow out the sequel, Sonic, Tails, Tom, and Maddie could all travel there. Sonic could discover the ultimate fate of Longclaw and try to defend his old home from Robotnik or the Echidna tribe! Maybe we’d also get to meet more of Sonic’s friends such as Amy Rose.
What do you want to see in Sonic the Hedgehog 2? More of Sonic’s world? Another comedy focused adventure with only Tails added in to the mix? What about Knuckles chuckling? Let us know in the comments!