sonic the hedgehog 2 is chock-a-block with Easter eggs and references to the franchise’s vast 30-year history. From breathing underwater air bubbles to striking classic adventure poses, there is no doubt that the filmmakers behind this installation are huge fans. But a reference during one of the film’s final scenes is so obscure that even the most passionate fans could miss it.
During the film’s epic finale, when all hope seemed lost, Sonic tapped into the power of the Chaos Emerald and transformed into Super Sonic. With a newfound sense of strength and the ability to fly, he dispatches Robotnik and his Death Egg Robot. However, as awesome as this scene is, something seems slightly off – there are no jokes from Sonic in his super form of him.
After Robotnik is defeated — Tom, Maddie and Tails try to approach Sonic, but Knuckles stops them, saying, “You cannot touch him. The hedgehog holds the power of the Emerald. He is no longer the Sonic you once knew.” Thankfully, he is quickly proven wrong, as Sonic uses the power of the Emerald to summon a chili dog before giving up his abilities to him. However, Knuckles is convinced that wielding the Emerald’s power would cause Sonic to change. Fans of the games know that this has never been the case, but there is one piece of Sonic media where things are different.
Back in the 90s, when sonic the hedgehog was still a young franchise, and the games were light on lore and story, SEGA would essentially give the companies they licensed the brand free rein when it came to extremely alternate media. That’s how audiences ended up with two completely different Sonic TV shows starring Jaleel White airing in the US. And while Archie was producing sonic the hedgehog comics for the US, across the pond over in the UK, Fleetway Comics were bringing the blue blur to the page for English audiences in sonic the comic.
Unlike the original games, Super Sonic in sonic the comic isn’t simply Sonic with the powers of the Chaos Emeralds — he is a separate personality from Sonic and is evil. It’s a strange and brilliant idea, especially given that Sonic in these comics is no saint, prone to giving him his worst tendencies and sometimes being a jerk. Super Sonic is these negative traits taken to their natural extreme, and there’s even an arc where Super Sonic becomes a separate entity entirely that threatens to destroy the universe.
So, in the film, when Knuckles said, “he is no longer the Sonic you once knew,” he must have read the initial run of sonic the comic. It’s a fun nod to an era of Sonic the brand has moved away from because, these days, SEGA has strict rules for companies concerning how its characters get used. That means there likely won’t be a version of Super Sonic like the one from sonic the comic in live-action, so it’s nice that sonic the hedgehog 2 it took the time to acknowledge the idea.
To catch this obscure reference, check out Sonic the Hedgehog 2, now playing in theaters
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