SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 3 Banner Reveals A First Look At The Threequel's Heroes And Keanu Reeves' Shadow

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 3 Banner Reveals A First Look At The Threequel's Heroes And Keanu Reeves' Shadow SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 3 Banner Reveals A First Look At The Threequel's Heroes And Keanu Reeves' Shadow

A new promo banner for Sonic the Hedgehog 3 has been spotted out in the wild, and it puts the spotlight on Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Keanu Reeves' Shadow the Hedgehog. Check it out after the jump...

By JoshWilding - May 23, 2024 09:05 AM EST
Filed Under: Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 wrapped up with a major Shadow tease and, last month, we learned that Keanu Reeves will lend his voice to the character (making countless fan casts a reality in the process). 

Today, a first look at the villain-turned-anti-hero has been revealed (via thanks to a promo banner for the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog 3. The titular character is shown alongside Tails and Knuckles, with Shadow looming large in the background. 

We'd hoped a trailer might be released alongside IF when that opened in theaters last weekend; sadly, there was no sign of Sonic, so we're hoping the sneak peek races online sooner rather than later. 

Shadow the Hedgehog debuted in 2001's Sonic Adventure 2. Created by Dr. Eggman's grandfather, Professor Gerald Robotnik, Shadow was designed as the Ultimate Life Form, with abilities surpassing those of Sonic. His creation aimed to unlock the secrets of immortality and was partly inspired by Gerald's granddaughter, Maria Robotnik.

After witnessing Maria's death during a raid on the space colony ARK, Shadow vowed to fulfil her wish of bringing peace to humanity, though he initially interpreted this as seeking revenge. He's been shown to struggle with his quest for identity, redemption, and fighting his darker impulses and noble intentions.

"Shadow is clearly going to be in the franchise moving forward," Sonic the Hedgehog 3 writer Josh Miller teased in 2022. "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 plenty of material in there that could be adapted in a fan-pleasing manner.

Take a closer look at this Sonic the Hedgehog 3 banner in the X post below.

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

New additions to the franchise will include Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones), Alyla Browne (Furiosa), James Wolk (Harley Quinn), Sofia Pernas (Jane the Virgin), Cristo Fernández (Ted Lasso), and Jorma Taccone (Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse).

It's also been confirmed that Keanu Reeves (The Matrix) will lend his voice to Shadow the Hedgehog.

Knuckles is set to premiere on Paramount+ on April 26, while Sonic the Hedgehog 3 will race into theaters on December 20.

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TheVisionary25 - 5/23/2024, 9:18 AM
Certainly looks like Shadow as I assumed he would , more interested to see how he sounds with Keanu providing the voice…

Also , will he be packing heat?.

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Anyway , only seen the first movie so far (it was ok) but still need to check out the sequel & Knuckles…

For anyone that has seen them , how were they?.
VISIONaryNPa1 - 5/23/2024, 9:23 AM

No one visits that page bruh
OleBobbyTiger - 5/23/2024, 11:40 AM
@VISIONaryNPa1 - Why credit The Hollywood Handle when you can claim yourself as the source of someone else's content?
VISIONaryNPa1 - 5/23/2024, 1:48 PM
@OleBobbyTiger - genius write that down!
OleBobbyTiger - 5/29/2024, 1:58 PM
I'd rather quote my reputable source...

"genius write that down!" - @OleBobbyTiger
MotherGooseUPus - 5/23/2024, 9:25 AM
ive enjoyed the first 2 movies so far. hope this one is decent as well. that knuckles show looks pretty bad though
TJJones96 - 5/23/2024, 9:39 AM
@MotherGooseUPus - yeah it's mostly a Wade show
BritishMonkey - 5/23/2024, 9:26 AM
It's not a first look.
It's just his end credit shot in 2 so it's nothing new at all.
Razorface1 - 5/23/2024, 9:46 AM
@BritishMonkey - Good eye
BritishMonkey - 5/23/2024, 10:37 AM
@Razorface1 - Yeah, but it's Josh bait chasing.
So really we haven't seen any Shadow from 3 yet, not until we see the trailer.
clintthahamster - 5/23/2024, 9:40 AM
"A First Look At . . . Keanu Reeves' Shadow"

I hear that if Keanu Reeves sees his shadow, we get 6 more weeks of winter.
GaruVonDoom - 5/23/2024, 9:54 AM
Sonic looks perfect, smaller pupil size and heavier shade of blue.

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GaruVonDoom - 5/23/2024, 10:05 AM
@GaruVonDoom - Seems like they stuck to Sonic's OG design for the first two films - as in introducing him, Tails, and Knuckles - and are now pivoting to the modern era design of Sonic games. This is so sick.
HulkisHoly - 5/23/2024, 10:59 AM
@GaruVonDoom -

Grow the spikes out!
OleBobbyTiger - 5/23/2024, 11:45 AM
@GaruVonDoom - It's ok, but never forget what they stole from us.

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IAmAHoot - 5/23/2024, 10:06 AM
You can really tell it's Keanu's voice in that banner.
tylerzero - 5/23/2024, 11:31 AM
@IAmAHoot -

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dracula - 5/23/2024, 10:33 AM
Wonder if Rouge will be in it

Maybe Amy
Matchesz - 5/23/2024, 2:12 PM
im more excited for chubby robotnik

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