One element that was notably missing in the first movie was the supercharged, gold-covered Super Sonic, which didn't go unnoticed by fans. With this, Sonic the Hedgehog movie screenwriter Pat Casey was recently asked if the character would make an appearance in a sequel, and here’s what he had to say:
I don’t know. We’ll have to see. I mean you’d have to get a hold of a lot of Chaos Emeralds to make that happen [laughs]. So I can’t really say, but we are all aware of Super Sonic.
Well, I guess he was playing coy when speaking with Fandom, but his tone and humor seem to indicate that he has Super Sonic on his mind when it comes to a Sonic the Hedgehog sequel. And hopefully, he and the creators also have other classic Sonic characters in mind too, like Knuckles, Amy Rose, and Metal Sonic.
Director Jeff Fowler previously touched on why Super Sonic and the Chaos Emeralds weren’t in the first movie. Many of the early drafts and outlines originally included them because they’re a huge part of the Sonic video game mythology But as they were re-writing, they decided it didn’t make sense to include the Chaos Emeralds and Super Sonic just yet, which was probably a good move.
Much like the Infinity Stones in the Avengers franchise, the Chaos Emeralds are powerful and highly sought-after objects that both Sonic and Dr. Robotnik hunt down When Sonic collects them all, he transforms into a super powerful, golden being, possessing even faster speed and flight.
Despite the exclusion of Super Sonic and the Chaos Emeralds, Sonic the Hedgehog’s release was greeted with mostly positive reviews from critics and longtime fans. CinemaBlend’s own Mike Reyes complimented the film's ability to delight both seasoned gamers and newcomers alike:
It doesn’t matter if you grew up with a Sega Genesis in your living room, or if you’ve never touched a console in your life, as Sonic The Hedgehog offers thrills, comedy, and some more nuanced emotional beats for all to enjoy.
Until then, we’ll just have to do a deep dive into what could have been. Sonic the Hedgehog is now available on Digital HD and will be released on DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K Ultra HD on May 19.