SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 3: 2024 Release Date Confirmed As New Photo Confirms Plans For Shadow's Long-Awaited Debut

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 3: 2024 Release Date Confirmed As New Photo Confirms Plans For Shadow's Long-Awaited Debut SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 3: 2024 Release Date Confirmed As New Photo Confirms Plans For Shadow's Long-Awaited Debut

Paramount Pictures has shared a first official look at Sonic the Hedgehog 3, and it's clear that the threequel will make good on its predecessor's promise to put the spotlight on Shadow the Hedgehog...

By JoshWilding - Nov 29, 2023 03:11 PM EST
Filed Under: Sonic the Hedgehog
Source: GameFragger.com

In Sonic the Hedgehog 2's post-credits scene, we were finally introduced to the franchise's take on Shadow the Hedgehog. G.U.N. This came after Commander Sam Walters mentioned a secret research facility from half a century ago housing "Project: Shadow." However, with Agent Stone in earshot, it appears he will be teaming up with Gerald Robotnik's creation to avenge the scientist's villainous grandson, Eggman.

Now, Paramount Pictures has confirmed (via GameFragger.com) that Sonic the Hedgehog 3 will be released as planned on December 20, 2024. There had been some concerns about possible delays caused by the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strike, but we needn't have worried. 

With that news comes a teaser showing Shadow very much awake and ready to race into action. The character's iconic boots are hard to miss and, upon closer inspection, it seems as if this is an on-set photo of the stand-in which will be used on set to give actors something to bounce off. 

One thing this sneak peek doesn't reveal is who will lend their voice to Shadow. Keanu Reeves remains a fan-favourite suggestion, and after Idris Elba was enlisted to play Knuckles in both Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and his own spin-off TV series, we're anticipating an A-Lister filling the role. 

"Shadow is clearly going to be in the franchise moving forward," writer Josh Miller said last year "I don’t think it’s revealing anything to say we’d love to incorporate elements from Sonic Adventure 2 and Shadow the Hedgehog, his solo spinoff game." The latter was poorly received by gamers, though there's definitely material in there that could be useful to the next movie. 

Jeff Fowler will be back in the director's chair, with Ben Schwartz (Sonic the Hedgehog), Colleen O'Shaughnessey (Miles "Tails" Prower), Idris Elba (Knuckles the Echidna), James Marsden (Tom Wachowski), and Tika Sumpter (Maddie Wachowski) all set to reprise their respective roles from the first two movies.

Jim Carrey's future as Dr. Robotnik is currently unclear as the sequel left his fate somewhat ambiguous, presumably in case the actor makes good on his plans to retire from acting. What we do know is there are no plans to recast the villain, news which has been welcomed by fans. 

Check out this first look at Sonic the Hedgehog 3 below and keep an eye on GameFragger.com for more on the threequel as we have it.

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garu - 11/29/2023, 3:11 PM
spoiler alert

marvel72 - 11/29/2023, 5:02 PM
@garu -

Matador - 11/29/2023, 3:12 PM
OleBobbyTiger - 11/29/2023, 6:58 PM
@Matador - For what?

@joshwilding to write an article and credit the real source (twitter/X) instead of himself?
Ryguy88 - 11/29/2023, 7:57 PM
@RoberTiger - seriously, is his source on gamefragger this article and it's just a never ending circle of bullshit?
Matador - 11/30/2023, 8:56 AM
@RoberTiger - Sonic 3 movie what would I be waiting for there smart guy.
OleBobbyTiger - 11/30/2023, 4:11 PM
@Ryguy88 - The source is twitter. @joshwilding outright lied and sourced "via gamefragger"

Hey Joshy.. Paramount's not breaking news via gamefragger and we all know it.
harryba11zack - 11/29/2023, 3:13 PM
I hope they introduce Coldsteel.
CoHost - 11/29/2023, 3:14 PM
Jim Carrey won't retire until he finally gets his Oscar.
mountainman - 11/29/2023, 3:20 PM
@CoHost - Would love for him to return to roles like Eternal Sunshine and Truman Show.
The1st - 11/29/2023, 3:53 PM
@CoHost - whoch the way Hollywood works he may well get for playing Eggman lol.
EZBeast - 11/29/2023, 5:44 PM
@mountainman - my girlfriend and I just tried watching the eternal sunshine and we just couldn’t handle how weird it was. Is the ending worth it?
mountainman - 11/29/2023, 5:46 PM
@EZBeast - It’s a weird movie but I found it beautiful and the ending is great in my opinion.
dracula - 11/29/2023, 3:15 PM
Save Chaos for the last film.

Perfect Amy Rose : Kate Micucci
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Scarilian - 11/29/2023, 9:15 PM
@dracula -
I'd imagine:

Knuckles Series is low stakes, it'd be a good way to introduce Rouge The Bat stealing as the series is supposed to be about Knuckles training Wade to be a cop.

Sonic Movie 3 would probably be discovering the corruption of GUN and Gerald's plan, at which point Shadow would sacrifice himself. Sonic would end up leaving Greenhillz behind along with Tom and Maddie. Post-credit would reveal Shadow is alive and have him meet-up with Rouge the Bat.

Sonic Movie 4 would feature a GUN created Metal Sonic designed to be better than Sonic built using Robotnik Tech that goes rogue and ends up attacking and badly wounding Sonic. This sends both Sonic and Metal Sonic into an identity crisis. Eventually Sonic, with the help of Amy, Tails and Knuckles realizes that he does not need to win all the time because he has his friends to support him while Metal Sonic ends up acknowledging that there is 'Only One Sonic'.

Shadow spin-off would be about him and Rouge bonding as they face off against some of the remaining corrupt GUN members, before allying with E-123 Omega forming Team Dark. This would be set during Sonic Movie 4 to explain their absence. Shadow acknowledges he needs to take a little break to meet with an old friend setting up his return in the fifth film.

Sonic Movie 5 Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Amy are joined once again by Shadow. The reunion is cut short by the arrival of Silver and Blaze from the future, tasked with taking out Sonic. Silver and Blaze are trapped in the past now and decide to work together to stop the coming of Chaos.

Amy's series would revolve around her trying to track down varying anomaly around Green Hills ends up recruiting Cream, Cheese and Big the Cat - Team Rose. It is revealed these anomalies are being caused by ripples of an event occurring in the future setting up the sixth movie.

Sonic Movie 6 would introduce Chaos. In the past Chaos was defeated and split into the Chaos Emeralds which were reforged into the Master Emerald. After the events of the prior movies the Chaos emeralds are scattered around the world, but one gains sentience and begins to track down the others.Team Sonic (Sonic, Tails, Knuckles), Team Rose (Rose, Cream, Cheese, Big), Team Dark (Shadow, Rogue and E-123 Omega) along with Silver and Blaze team-up to stop Chaos from acquiring more Chaos Emeralds and eventually defeat Chaos.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 11/29/2023, 3:15 PM
That image got me way more pumped than it should have.
GhostDog - 11/29/2023, 3:19 PM
Nice kicks

OT:

If you haven’t watched Blue Eye Samurai, I highly recommend doing so if not. Easily one of the best shows of the year; maybe the best in my opinion
CoHost - 11/29/2023, 3:22 PM
@GhostDog - Heard it's "woke" because white people are evil on the show. I guess that means it's a failure. /s
Mrnorth1921 - 11/29/2023, 3:32 PM
@CoHost - Japanese and white people are both the villains.
The1st - 11/29/2023, 3:54 PM
@GhostDog - good to know, definitely on my list
HammerLegFoot - 11/29/2023, 3:25 PM
Its either going to be Chris Pratt or the guy that plays Jason Mamoa
GhostDog - 11/29/2023, 3:28 PM
Please let it be Keith David
Origame - 11/29/2023, 3:46 PM
It's like taking candy from a baby. Which is fine by me.
JobinJ - 11/29/2023, 3:55 PM
there was a second Sonic movie? lol
JustAWaffle - 11/29/2023, 4:06 PM
@JobinJ - Yeah. It did pretty well and was better than the first.
BlackStar25 - 11/29/2023, 4:31 PM
@JobinJ - HELL YEAH!!!!

LiteraryJoe - 11/29/2023, 3:58 PM
Who plays Momoa again?
JustAWaffle - 11/29/2023, 4:07 PM
I loved the first two, in spite of their flaws, and the setup to the third was great.

But I’d just hate to know Robotnik’s last words were, “Later hater.”
bkmeijer1 - 11/29/2023, 5:07 PM
@JustAWaffle - it had some goofy dialogue i deed, but I'm curious as to what you think the other flaws are. I can't really think of any major ones
JustAWaffle - 11/30/2023, 12:22 AM
@bkmeijer1 - I can only think of 2. The wedding side story and the Russian dance scene. But they’re minor flaws imo (some people loved those parts).
bkmeijer1 - 11/30/2023, 2:26 AM
@JustAWaffle - oh yeah, those were a bit unnecessary. I still like them, as they tried to build on what set these movies apart from the games
JustAWaffle - 11/30/2023, 3:09 AM
@bkmeijer1 - Yeah, I grew up with the OG 4 games and the SatAM show, so I love the call backs and world building they’re doing.

Kind of wish they’d bring some of the SatAM/comic characters into the mix.
bkmeijer1 - 11/30/2023, 9:46 AM
@JustAWaffle - same here. Definitely wanna see some more of Sonic's friends
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