Sonic the Hedgehog: End Credits Scene Explained

Full spoilers ahead for the ending of Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie and what it means for a potential Sonic sequel!

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Sonic the Hedgehog may have had a bumpy start with that whole redesign issue, but now that we’ve left V1 of his nightmare-inducing mug in the dust, it turns out the hedgehog was able to lead an admirably solid film debut.

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Paramount is clearly hoping to make this the first film in a Sonic franchise (depending on how many gold rings it brings in at the box office) and the film’s closing moments give us an idea of some storylines the studio may be toying around with for the sequel.

Let’s break down the film’s end credits scene and explore what it suggests about a potential Sonic sequel.

Robotnik’s Exile on the Mushroom Planet

The end credits kick off with a glimpse of Jim Carrey’s villainous Doctor Robotnik in exile on a gross, mushroomy planet that’s definitely not a dig at Mario’s Mushroom Kingdom. With his red nose and goggles, Robotnik looks far more like his video game counterpart in this scene than he did at other points in the film.

Like Tom Hanks confiding in his volleyball friend Wilson in the film Cast Away, Robotnik is talking to a rock, boasting that he’ll be home by Christmas. As amusing and revealing as this moment is, the film’s true end credits scene — and potential sequel set-up — happens next.

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Sonic the Hedgehog Mid-Credits Scene

After the credits roll, we find ourselves overlooking Green Hills, Montana, where Sonic now lives with his adoptive parents, Tom and Maddie. One of Sonic’s ring portals appears, but it isn’t the Blue Blur that races out, it’s his trusty sidekick, Tails.

Though the two-tailed fox is absent for the entirety of the runtime up to this point, he’s clearly got some pressing business to discuss. Tails rejoices that he’s finally found Sonic and that he hopes it isn’t too late to enlist his help as he takes off towards town.

Who Is Tails?

Miles “Tails” Prower has been Sonic’s ride-or-die buddy since the early days of the franchise. Debuting in 1992’s Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Tails was much more than a neurotic palette swap of his partner for player two to use. The flying fox tagged along from zone to zone, using his incredibly dope helicopter tails to drag Sonic to new heights… or more specifically, in my case, heights that I’m too lazy to figure out how to reach with Sonic alone. Through almost every game and animated episode in the franchise, Tails used his aerial prowess, mechanical skills, and chipper attitude to help Sonic battle Eggman’s forces.

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The film punts on a pretty important aspect of Sonic and Tails’ relationship: Have they met each other before now? It’s unclear at this point, but seeing as a lot of Sonic’s journey has to do with him finding a family and people to connect with, it seems likely they haven’t yet. After all, now that Sonic has a family, why not give him a best buddy in the sequel?

“Too Late…” for What?

Tails needs Sonic’s help with something, and from the sound of it, it’s a serious threat. The movie does a pretty light job of world-building, passingly introducing things like Sonic’s homeworld and how his ring portals work before swiftly moving on, so considering what Tails’ dilemma could be based on what the movie itself introduces is a fairly quick exercise. One possibility: Perhaps Dr. Robotnik has escaped his exile and is wreaking havoc on Tails’ people. It’s unclear just how much time passes between Robotnik’s initial exile and Tails’ arrival in Green Hills, but assuming there’s no time jump and this scene isn’t supposed to take place right before the events of any hypothetical sequel, it seems like Robotnik still has some time to serve on that gross, mushroomy planet.

Of course, Tails could also be having an echidna problem. Early in the film, we see that a group of masked warrior echidnas are responsible for driving Sonic off his homeworld after they attempt to steal his super speed. This could be the Knuckles clan, who are long extinct by the time the games take place. If Tails and Sonic come from the same world, it could be that Tails had to flee in hopes of getting Sonic’s help in fighting back against the echidnas. In that case, who better to serve as the echidnas’ champion than Knuckles himself, another franchise stalwart? The last of the Knuckles clan, Sonic’s red rival debuted in Sonic the Hedgehog 3, wherein he was tricked into helping Dr. Robotnik fight Sonic and Tails. It’s clear the echidnas already have it out for Sonic, so maybe we’ll see a role reversal, with Knuckles finding Robotnik and trading his freedom for help defeating Sonic. Getting to watch Jim Carrey be subservient to a CG echidna seems like an easy sell for next time around.

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If Tails’ problem doesn’t involve Robotnik and/or Knuckles, the next possibility would significantly up the stakes. A close look at the bottom corner of Sonic’s map of the worlds reveals a drawing of a gem. What kind of gem would be important enough to be included on a map of this scale? Well, if you’re talking about gems and Sonic, you’re talking about the Chaos Emeralds.

Long story short, these six gems are the Sonic world’s Infinity Stones, all controlled by a seventh One Ring-esque Master Emerald. Just like any reality-breaking MacGuffins, Sonic has often had to protect and recover these powerful artifacts from his nemeses. Considering Knuckles has historically been a protector of the Master Emerald, there’s a lot of potential for Chaos in the sequel. Bringing these emeralds into the mix would certainly open the door to a much wider universe of worlds and characters from the games. Here’s hoping it won’t take Tails tossing himself off a cliff to save the day. Although, I guess he’d be fine. Helicopter tails, and all that.

What did you think of Tails’ appearance? And what do you want to see in a Sonic movie sequel? Let us know in the comments!

And for more on Sonic the Hedgehog, check out our review, watch Jim Carrey break down Robotnik for us, and see James Marsden take our Sonic quiz!
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‘Sonic the Hedgehog’: Film Review

For all the kerfuffle that erupted in the spring of 2019 over the visual design of Sonic the Hedgehog, the blue-furred speed-demon mascot of the Sega video game–turned–live-action kiddie adventure, you wish that the creators of “Sonic the Hedgehog,” who went back and redesigned the character after being pressured (I almost wrote bullied) by his […]

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Sonic the Hedgehog Review

Rife with callbacks to the classic Sega video game series, the family-friendly Sonic the Hedgehog movie is designed to please Sonic fans of all ages. However, if you’ve never really cared for the Blue Blur, you’ll probably want to avoid this flick like one of Dr. Robotnik’s badniks.

The premise that finds this freakishly fast character on Earth rightfully doesn’t take itself too seriously. Forced to flee his homeworld as a child to escape the grasp of the villains who want to use his super-speed abilities for evil, teenage Sonic (voiced by Ben Schwartz) has lived in hiding in the town of Green Hills, Montana, for a decade. While not exactly the Green Hill Zone fans may remember from the original 1991 game, it is a nice homage to the sprawling paradise found in both acts of the first level in the Sega Genesis classic.

Isolated in our world, Sonic has no one to talk to but himself (and us, as he occasionally breaks the fourth wall, Deadpool-style), so Schwartz’s portrayal is unique in that sense than other depictions of the character in games and cartoons. But like the voice actors who came before him, Schwartz is able to invoke that thrill-seeking spirit Sonic is known for. Schwartz’s vocal performance is definitely up there with Sonic OGs like Roger Craig Smith and Ryan Drummond, giving him a similarly energetic and quick-witted personality. There are times where Sonic’s constant banter with himself grows maddening and a bit too cartoonish (perhaps not surprising in a PG-rated film aimed at children and families), but the character evolves once he is forced out of isolation in order to escape the clutches of Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) and befriends Tom Wachowski (James Marsden).

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From that point on the plot of Sonic the Hedgehog is as straightforward as the 1991 Genesis game: gotta go fast, make a mad dash to collect the rings, defeat the villainous Dr. Robotnik, then on to the next act. But there’s an additional element to round out the overarching story – it’s a movie about friendship. Tom is a character who’s looking for a little more purpose and meaning in his life, while Sonic is looking for a connection. They both find what they’re looking for in each other while on the run from Robotnik.

Given the dire circumstances Tom finds himself in while on the run with Sonic, it’s charming to see him take a break from the chaotic commotion and foster a relationship with the little blue guy. But as the film progresses, you begin to question why Tom would go to such great lengths for a creature he’s known for less than 24 hours. He’s a bored sheriff in a small town where not much happens, so I guess why not team-up with an anthropomorphic furry speed demon on the run from the government and an evil super-genius? This simple premise may advance the plot, but there just isn’t much more to it than that. Playing the live-action human companion to an animated protagonist could very easily be a thankless role for an actor, but Marsden manages to mine the heartwarming moments with Sonic (as well as with Tom’s wife Maddie, played by Tika Sumpter) even if it’s ultimately not a standout turn in his career.

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While it may be hard to believe anyone could compete with a CGI-rendered Blue Blur, the most animated character throughout the film is Jim Carrey’s Doctor Robotnik. Carrey’s physicality and comedic timing evoke memories of his Ace Ventura and Liar Liar heyday, proving the gifted comedian hasn’t lost his touch. Carrey’s comedic delivery and interactions with other characters are a winning combination within moments of his first appearance. Robotnik is typically the smartest man in the room, and he makes sure everyone is well aware of it and just what he’s capable of doing to their underdeveloped intellect.

The film does suffer from employing too many visual effects we’ve seen used countless times before, often with more creativity. For example, many will remember the scene from X-Men: Days of Future Past where time is rendered in super slow-motion as Quicksilver cleverly shifts things around while running. Sonic does the same exact thing here, but it’s far less inventive or witty; if anything, it is specifically a callback to what you’ve seen before, except, you know, with Sonic. Although it’s hard not to want to love the little guy throughout, Sonic’s personality just isn’t enough to overcome such worn-out ideas.

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Sonic the Hedgehog is more successful when it comes to nailing references to the source material. Director Jeff Fowler does an exceptional job stuffing in as many Easter eggs from the Sonic games as possible, to the point where hardcore Sonic fans may have to watch more than once just to catch them all. The nods to the gameplay mechanics – such as how Sonic loses his rings upon being hit by an enemy or the way he curls up into a ball and dashes to defeat them – land well and with believability here.

If you’re a Sonic fan worried whether this movie can truly encompass the nearly-three decade history of Sonic the Hedgehog, don’t be. While it’s lacking in some of the deeper cuts in Sonic lore, such as trapped animals in aggressive robots, and mystical emeralds, the essentials are all here. And the highly publicized and game-accurate redesign of the title character should keep fans more locked into the story of the fastest thing alive than had they been distracted by his off-putting original look.
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