Last Updated: February 24, 2021
With the Sonic the Hedgehog movie having been released last year and garnering box office success, here’s a look at what to expect from Sonic the Hedgehog 2, including the sequel’s release date and story. Sonic the Hedgehog, based on the classic Sega video game, was in development as a movie since 2014, but has endured a variety of delays, not least being pushed back to 2020 so the VFX design of Sonic could be totally changed.
That change worked for the better, however, with almost unanimous agreement that the new Sonic design looks great. Directed by Jeff Fowler with a script from Pat Casey and Josh Miller, Sonic the Hedgehog stars Ben Schwartz as the titular blue hedgehog, with Jim Carrey as his arch-nemesis Dr. Robotnik aka Dr. Eggman, and James Marsden lending support as Tom Wachowski, the sheriff of Green Hills.
Sonic the Hedgehog is aimed at being a family-friendly movie franchise and it’s no surprise that a sequel has been announced. Here’s what we know and what to expect from Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
Paramount clearly bet big on Sonic the Hedgehog, even delaying the movie and overhauling its main character design to give it the best chance of success possible. This gamble paid off, with a worldwide box office of over $300 million, on a budget of approximately $85 million. Thus, it’s no surprise that on May 28, 2020, Paramount and Sega Sammy officially confirmed that Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was in development, with director Jeff Fowler and writers Pat Casey and Josh Miller returning. In January 2021, Tika Sumpter confirmed she would be returning as Maddie for the sequel.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 will race into theaters on April 8, 2022. The sequel will have a much speedier path to the big screen than Sonic the Hedgehog did. The first movie was pushed back because of the distribution changing hands, and then again for the VFX to be overhauled. With the design now settled, it’ll be much quicker for a sequel to happen. That’s at least assuming production doesn’t encounter any major delays, and movie theaters are fully reopened and back to normal by spring 2022.
Warning: Spoilers for Sonic the Hedgehog from this point on.
Sonic the Hedgehog includes some key characters from the video game, but it’s also missing some of the series’ most iconic faces too — that is, until the film’s post-credits scene, when Tails turns up in Green Hills to get Sonic. That sets the stage for Tails to be a main character in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, which is quite fitting since it was in the Sonic 2 video game the character was first introduced. It’s unclear if any other characters from the franchise will be introduced, but assuming that Sonic the Hedgehog 2 follows the same pattern, then there’s a good chance it will also introduce Knuckles in a small role or credits tease for a potential Sonic the Hedgehog 3.
Sonic the Hedgehog ends with Sonic having defeated Dr. Robotnik, with Eggman left trapped inside the Mushroom Hill Zone. This will likely form the setting – or at least part of it – for Sonic the Hedgehog 2‘s story, which will presumably feature the return of Dr. Robotnik. In this movie, he’s recruited by the U.S. Army, but the sequel can have him and Sonic even more directly oppose one another. Mushroom Hill Zone levels have seen Eggman attempt to destroy it, so that could be a factor, or Sonic the Hedgehog 2 could instead center around his escape and quest for revenge on Sonic.