Sega's super fast mascot, Sonic the Hedgehog, made his film debut on Friday on a visually stunning adventure disappointed by a weak script. The film also follows the Marvel Cinematic Universe approach to sequel setup, with no less than two additional scenes.
If you are avoiding spoilers, don't keep reading.
Before the credits arrive, we meet with the villain Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) on the mushroom planet where he finished after the final battle of the film (possibly a reference to the Mushroom Hill Zone of Sonic the Hedgehog 3) . He looks a bit messy after 87 days trapped in the desolate world.
"My understanding of sanity remains absolute!" Robotnik says, in a tone that suggests otherwise.
He is also talking to a rock with the painted face of his henchman, a literal Agent Stone, and shaving his head.
"I will be home at Christmas," he exclaims.
Robotnik will return, and will be sporting his classic bald videogame look with a wide mustache (an inexplicably spoiled shot by the first trailer last April).
Halfway through the credits, a giant ring portal opens on a cliff outside Green Hills, Montana, bringing a double-tailed anthropomorphic fox to Earth: Sonic's video game partner, Tails.
"I've found it! I hope it's not too late," says Tails, before using his spinning tails to fly into the city.
We don't know what he's talking about, but Tails may know about some otherworldly threat to Sonic. After all, he was hiding on Earth to escape the nameless bad guys who wanted to use their speed powers, and it is likely that their very public battle with Robotnik alerted them to their location.
Tails (real name Miles Prower, a lame pun) became a video game icon after appearing in Sonic the Hedgehog 2. In 1992 he has been Sonic's partner since then, and his humility contrasts with Sonic's arrogance.
There is nothing after the credits, I guess they are saving Knuckles the Echidna by the end of the sequel, or he will be the threat that comes after Sonic, so you can go home or turn off the movie after seeing Tails .