Sonic the Hedgehog 2’s Echidna Tease Could Host Knuckles’ Paramount+ Show
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Sonic the Hedgehog 2, now playing in theaters.
Even in front sonic the hedgehog 2During the series’ official premiere, news broke that the series will continue to expand. This includes a planned third movie in the series, as well as a Knuckles-directed series on the Paramount+ streaming series. The series will likely see Knuckles (Idris Elba) take on his role in the gaming universe as the Master Emerald’s chief defender, pitting it against those who would steal it.
However, there are plenty of other characters that Knuckles should also face. Thanks to Knuckles’ frequent teasing and current status as the last echidna, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the franchise pull from the past and introduce other echidnas to the universe through this show.
In sonic the hedgehog 2, Knuckles is shown as the last of his people, hunting down the Master Emerald. It turns out his ancestors had used the Chaos Emeralds to form the Master Emerald in the first place, a weapon powerful enough to turn the user into a reality warper. However, after Longclaw (Donna Jay Fulks) and his allies learned of this, they stole the emerald from the echidnas and hid it. The resulting conflict between the owls and the echidnas has continued to the present day, with Knuckles’ father apparently killed following his confrontation with Sonic’s adoptive mother in the backstory of sonic the hedgehog.
As such, Knuckles considers himself the last of his people and is a largely solitary character before befriending Sonic (Ben Schwartz) and Tails (Colleen O’Shaughnessey) in sonic the hedgehog 2. In the original video game canon, Knuckles fulfilled a similar role – as the last survivor of the Knuckles clan, he was the guardian of the Master Emerald on the floating Angel Island. However, the franchise then introduced other echidnas over time, especially in other mediums. In the video games, this included Tikal – an ancient mystic who plays a role in Sonic Adventure — and Shade in the Nintendo DS RPG, Sound chronicles. Archie’s comics Sonic The universe included many echidnas over the years, including Knuckles’ longtime love interest Julie-Su, his morally conflicted father Locke, and his arch-nemesis Dimitri.
Tikal only has a few appearances, but his strong connection to the Chaos Emeralds means that it will be easy for him to appear in any future Artifact-focused storylines. Archie Comics characters (as well as Shade) have been largely rendered non-canon in their respective media due to legal issues, but characters serving similar in-universe functions could easily appear in the new Sonic Universe. The filmmakers could also create new echidnas that could play important roles in future storylines – giving Knuckles more characters to bounce off of in unique ways. Elba’s Knuckles is a strong-hearted, thick-headed murderer, so exposing a softer side of the character with other echidnas could be a great way to explore her as a character.
While Knuckles has plenty of non-Enchidna supporting characters who could be introduced (such as his friends from Team Chaotix) in a Knuckles-centric series, the echidna storylines of previous adaptations have been some of the most epic and engaging. This could further flesh out the conflict between his people and those of Longclaw, which remains a unique part of the film series and its continuity. It would be exciting to see a return to his corner of the Sonic universe, showcasing the rest of his people and potentially setting the stage for epic battles between his warrior people and all that exists in the universe.
To see Knuckles set the stage for his single-player series, check out Sonic the Hedgehog 2, out in theaters now.
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