With the positive reception of both Sonic the Hedgehog and its sequel Sonic the Hedgehog 2 there is natural excitement around Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and heres all thats known about it so far. The Sonic franchise has been one of the most famous in gaming history with the eponymous blue hedgehog rivaling characters like Mario in terms of popularity. Naturally then the character was adapted into a cinematic universe becoming both critically well received and commercially successful.Sonic the Hedgehog was released in February 2020 to mostly positive reviews before becoming the highest grossing video game film adaptation of all time in North America. Both of these successful elements led to a sequel being made Sonic the Hedgehog 2 which was released in April 2022. The sequel which just hit theaters finds Sonic teaming up with his best friend Tails to stop Dr. Robotnik and his new sidekick Knuckles.Following the release of that film to slightly improved critical and fan reception speculation began about Sonic the Hedgehog 3. With so much more world to explore from the video game source material its unrealistic to think that a third movie isnt already in development. Here is everything we know so far about Sonic the Hedgehog 3.
Is Sonic The Hedgehog 3 Happening?
Prior to the release of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 both a Knuckles spinoff show and more importantly Sonic the Hedgehog 3 were confirmed by Paramount to be in production. While a release date wasnt confirmed by the studio just the announcement of the development of the third film generates enough excitement. Given that Sonic the Hedgehog 2 hadnt been released at the time the third movie already being greenlit shows the studios faith in both the sequel and the franchise as a whole.
Sonic The Hedgehog 3 Cast Which Characters Will Return?
As with the first two installments Ben Schwartz will return to voice the titular character Sonic the Hedgehog. Alongside him rounding out the iconic trio will be Colleen OShaughnessey as Miles Tails Prower and Idris Elba as Knuckles the Echidna. In terms of human characters it is expected both James Marsden and Tika Sumpter will return as Tom and Maddie Wachowski Sonics human family. While Jim Carrey portrayed Sonics iconic villain Dr. Robotnik in the first two movies it is unclear whether he will return for Sonic the Hedgehog 3 given his recent decision to retire from acting. Adam Pally will likely return as Wade Whipple the deputy sheriff of Green Hills as well as Natasha Rothwell as Maddies sister Rachel. In the meantime its unclear whether or not Lee Majdoubs Agent Stone will return given his role as Robotniks aide.
Sonic The Hedgehog 3 Story What Sonic 2S Ending Sets Up
Both the ending and post credits scene of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 set up exciting things for Sonic the Hedgehog 3. The end of the film introduced the games concept of Super Sonic which is Sonic powered by the Chaos Emeralds something that could be further explored in the third film. Also the film ended with Sonic Tails and Knuckles being together as a trio with Sonic the Hedgehog 3 promising to feature an adventure with all three characters together from the start.The mid credits scene of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 introduced one of the more famous game characters Shadow the Hedgehog. Due to this Shadow is expected to be used as the main antagonist of Sonic the Hedgehog 3. Shadows introduction also sets up the further inclusion of other game characters such as Rouge the Bat the longtime partner of Shadow in the games and another antihero.
Sonic The Hedgehog 3 Release Date Prediction
While no official release date for Sonic the Hedgehog 3 has been announced it can be speculated about. Sonic the Hedgehog was released in the first quarter of 2020 with Sonic the Hedgehog 2 coming in the first quarter of 2022. Given this pattern it is safe to assume Sonic the Hedgehog 3 will be released sometime in the first quarter of 2024. Also given the Knuckles spinoff show being announced for release in 2023 it would make sense for Paramount to stagger these releases by a year. It remains to be seen when exactly Sonic the Hedgehog 3 will be released but at the very least another adventure surrounding the blue speedster is confirmed to be close at hand.