There is another mystery left by Sonic the Hedgehog 2’s ending: what happened to the Chaos Emeralds? Once Sonic was done being Super Sonic, the Chaos Emeralds are shown leaving his body and floating into the sky. However, the sequel doesn’t reveal where they went after this. Knuckles is shown reforming the Master Emerald, but it no longer contains the seven Chaos Emeralds. This could mean that they are scattered across Earth or the universe. Since Team Sonic doesn’t appear to have knowledge of where they went, that could allow new threats to find the powerful artifacts and use them to fulfill their evil desires. Of course, Sonic the Hedgehog 3 could also explore that they went back to their places of origin or previous locations that held them, giving the next film a chance to visit known places from the video games.
Sonic The Hedgehog 3 Story & Knuckles Spinoff Setup Explained
Paramount has big plans for the franchise’s future beyond this sequel, as Sonic the Hedgehog 2’s ending sets up the sequel and a Knuckles spinoff. Sonic the Hedgehog 3’s story is directly set up in a few ways, most notably the formation of Team Sonic and the debut of Shadow the Hedgehog. The black hedgehog should be Sonic 3’s main villain. After encountering a powerful rival in Knuckles, Sonic will now be tested in a completely new way by Shadow. While that could be easier in theory with Tails and Knuckles helping out, it might depend on how Shadow is reawakened. The black hedgehog could team up with Robotnik if he survived or be recruited by GUN to give them a foil to Sonic. In any case, Team Sonic should unite again as Project Shadow is activated and Shadow enters Sonic the Hedgehog 3’s story.
There is also some potential setup for the Paramount+ spinoff show focused on Knuckles. This mostly comes through his ability to fulfill his destiny to protect the Master Emerald. Knuckles’ spinoff can also explore him adjusting to life on Earth and more of his backstory, as he spent years before Sonic the Hedgehog 2 seeking revenge for what happened to the Echidnas. It could be through an exploration of his past that he learns more about what his future will be. The Knuckles spinoff might also be the perfect place to introduce Rogue the Bat, as the cunning spy for GUN is the red echidna’s biggest rival and constantly pursues the Master Emerald and other jewels.