Idris Elba Is Playing the Stoic Echidna Knuckles in Sonic the Hedgehog 2

by in General | Aug, 11th 2021

The first Sonic movie is considered to be one of the few video game films that got it right, with it’s adaption of the first game being similar, yet still original enough for fans of the blue blur to enjoy it, while people who aren’t as familiar with Sonic able to get their first taste of what Sonic is all about. With the success of the first Sonic movie, a second one started production. And fans were keeping their eyes on set to see what the film was going to entail, and to their surprise, it’s starting to look a lot more like the original games. However, while fans were also expecting to see a plotline akin to Sonic the Hedghog 2, they noticed that the film was going to be more like Sonic 3, as a stand in for the character Knuckles the Echidna was also present during the filming of the movie. With Knuckles now being put in the Sonic the Hedgehog 2 film, fans were wondering who was going to be providing the voice for Knuckles. This question was answered on twitter yesterday, as the actor Idris Elba posted that he’s going to be taking the role of the Stoic Echidna. 

Who’s the Voice Behind Knuckles?

For those who are unfamiliar with the actor behind the rough and tough Knuckles, Idris Elba is an english actor who’s done work for a lot of popular movies, such as playing Heimdall in Marvel’s Thor Movies, as well as playing Roland in The Dark Tower, Chief Bogo in Zootopia, as well as Stringer Bell in HBO’s The Wire. The most recent film to include Idris Elba as a main lead is James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, which saw Elba playing the character Bloodsport. 

With a tenure in both voice acting, and live action acting Elba is a seasoned veteran in the film industry, and now he’s being given the role to one of Sonic’s biggest characters. Elba posted on twitter early yesterday with an image of Knuckles’ iconic gloves, with the caption “Knock, Knock.” A reference to Sonic Adventure, as the phrase “Knock, Knock, It’s Knuckles” is used in Knuckles’ theme “Unknown from M.E.” 

What Knuckles’ Inclusion in Sonic the Hedghog 2 Means for the Film’s Plot

Fan’s original thought about the Sonic films were that they were going to follow the same plot threads as the original three games on the genesis, as the first game was the battle between Sonic and Eggman, with the introduction of Tails coming in at the end credits scene of the first film. This set the stage for Sonic the Hedgehog 2 to be the film’s take on the second game, seeing that the genesis title also had Sonic fighting Eggman with Tails by his side. Fans then thought that the third movie would follow the plot of Sonic 3 & Knuckles, which had Knuckles become tricked by Eggman, and Knuckles would play a secondary antagonist to the duo until Knuckles realized that he’d been deceived. 

Now, it seems that Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is going to be a mix between both Sonic 2 and Sonic 3 & Knuckles. Using information from the first movie, it’s assumed that the second one is going to try to remain faithful to the original Genesis titles, meaning that the plot threads from the 2nd and 3rd Sonic games are going to be put together for the second movie. However, there are some possibilities that these plot threads could work out. If the crew of the new movie use inspirations from the games. 

How Combining Sonic 2, 3 & Knuckles Could Work

In the end of the first Sonic movie, Eggman is sent to “the mushroom world” by sonic and friends. However, Mushroom Hill is the first location from Sonic and Knuckles. Being that Mushroom Hill is located on Angel Island, where Knuckles resides, Eggman could convince Knuckles to use the Master Emerald to find his way back to earth, tricking Knuckles into thinking that Sonic has the Chaos Emeralds in the Sonic the Hedgehog 2 movie. This would then provide a good reason as to how Eggman could return to earth, where Sonic, and now Tails are at. Knuckles would then confront sonic, and the three heroes would then make amends, and team up to stop Eggman, who’s using the emeralds to defeat Sonic.

Another Possibility is that aside from Eggman convincing Knuckles to bring him to earth, the entirety of Angel Island is brought to Earth, this would then mean that Angel Island is now a part of earth, which would set the films up for a 3rd installment in the film series. 

Where the Series Could Go Next

The implications of Knuckles being included in the second Sonic film would mean that the trilogy of Genesis titles would become unusable as inspiration. The next games in the sonic series would then be, Sonic CD, Sonic Adventure, and Sonic Adventure 2. This would imply that if the Sonic film series were to remain the trilogy that many fans thought it would be, some liberties with the film’s plot would have to be considered. The three games mentioned would be too big to condense into one story. Seeing that Sonic CD has Metal Sonic as the main antagonist, Sonic Adventure as Chaos, and Sonic Adventure 2 has Shadow and the Bio lizard.

However, this could be done, by making the films a quadrilogy. This would require that the second Sonic movie would contain some important plot threads, and pull from not 2 games, but 3. For the plot of this hypothetical 4 movie series, Sonic, Tails and Knuckles would have to battle Metal Sonic and Eggman. Linking the story to both Sonic 2, 3 & Knuckles, and Sonic CD, the film would also have to introduce Amy as a character as well, as she play’s a part in Sonic Adventure. However, this would also mean that the role of Little Planet from Sonic CD would have to be given to Angel Island in the second movie, seeing that Angel Island would have to remain on earth. This would mean that the third movie would be a retelling of Sonic adventure, with Chaos as the main antagonist, with the key players being present and introduced in the second movie, as Amy plays a big part in Sonic Adventure. The 4th movie would then be a retelling of Sonic Adventure 2, introducing Rouge the bat and Shadow the Hedgehog. 

There’s also a possibility that the third film would skip over Sonic Adventure, and relegate the plot to be a retelling of Sonic Adventure 2, as Shadow is a fan favorite character. Regardless, it seems that Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is coming along smoothly and ready for it’s 2022 release. The new Sonic movie is going to have some competition, as it’s coming out the same year as the Super Mario Brothers movie, meaning that for a brief moment, the 90’s console war is going to be back in full swing. 


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