Sonic the Hedgehog 3 will be released on December 20th, 2024, a date that has been made even more attractive by the inclusion of Shadow the Hedgehog. Shadow is one of the most well-known characters from the Sonic video game franchise and has been highly anticipated by fans. In the post-credits scene of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, the black and red speedster was introduced to the universe, seemingly setting up his larger role in the sequel.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 introduced G.U.N, a militaristic organization responsible for Project Shadow, to the film universe. Since Jim Carrey has retired from acting, Sonic 3 will require a greater focus on other villains given Robotnik’s unlikely appearance. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 introduces Shadow as the main antagonist, allowing him to take on the role of the antihero he represents in the game.
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It is even more appropriate that Shadow is included in Sonic the Hedgehog 3, as the game’s release date coincides with Shadow’s first appearance in the franchise 23 years ago. The first game featuring Shadow was Sonic Adventure 2: Battle for the Nintendo GameCube, which was released on December 20th, 2001. As the release date of Sonic 3 is December 20th, 2024, this clearly implies Shadow will play a key role in the sequel, as he did in his first Sonic game 23 years ago.
As evidenced by the link between the two release dates, Shadow the Hedgehog’s first game appearance would be a perfect fit for Sonic 3. As part of Project Shadow by G.U.N, Shadow is introduced in Sonic Adventure 2: Battle in a similar manner to Sonic the Hedgehog 2’s post-credit sequence. Shadow is awakened by Dr. Eggman with little or no memory, and he offers to assist him in conquering the world to fulfill a promise he made to a girl named Maria to exact revenge on mankind. As a result, Shadow is at odds with Sonic throughout the game, who is trying to stop Eggman’s attempt to dominate the world. As Shadow’s true memories resurface, Sonic and Shadow team up to foil Eggman’s plans, realizing that Shadow’s promise to Maria was to protect mankind.
Shadow in Sonic 3 should be adapted from this story. In light of Carrey’s retirement, it is likely that Eggman will not be a part of Sonic the Hedgehog 3. However, Shadow’s basic story outline should remain unchanged, as he moves from being an antagonist to teaming up with Sonic and his allies by the end of the game.This trope has been seen in many Hollywood films in recent years, with antagonists eventually joining forces to fight a larger threat in films such as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Godzilla vs. Kong. Shadow could continue this trend by adapting his story from Sonic Adventure 2: Battle. Despite the need to find another antagonist to replace Eggman, such as a villain such as Metal Sonic, Shadow’s arc can remain the same and will provide an engaging narrative for Sonic the Hedgehog 3 upon its release on December 20th, 2024.