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A Jim Carrey Exit Would Be Sonic 3s Worst Nightmare

After Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Jim Carrey suggested that he would retire from acting. If true this paints a bad picture for the third Sonic movie.

Jim Carrey revealed that he intends to retire from acting after Sonic the Hedgehog 2 which could spell the end for the third movie in the hit video game movie franchise. In all of the media over the years a large part of Sonics identity is tied to Eggman. For the trilogy to conclude without Jim Carreys portrayal of the character would be more than disappointing. It would be a disaster in many ways.

Dr. Robotnik also known as Eggman is a major fixture in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. He is the archenemy of Blue Blur and the most recurring enemy. He has annoyed Sonic and his friends since the first game in 1991 and has generally been the most constant enemy in games comics and cartoons. His popularity is also unmistakable. There are very few games where he doesnt show his head even though he isnt the main antagonist such as Sonic Heroes or Sonic and the Secret Rings.

Losing Jim Carrey would be a huge downgrade for the Sonic the Hedgehog movies both for Carreys performance and for what the character brings to the series. Following up on the almosttooperfect casting of Carreys Eggman in Sonic the Hedgehog would be a Herculean task. Additionally Eggman is instrumental in ensuring that the Sonic Adventure 2 story runs smoothly. If Sonic Adventure 2 is indeed the plot from which it is primarily drawn then Eggman not being in the sequel would doom the character to miss out on the best developments his character has ever had in the games.

Jim Carreys Eggman Returns in Sonic the Hedgehog 2
At this point replacing the Eggman would be practically impossible. Jim Carreys Dr. Robotnik has become a staple of these films largely due to his adorably overthetop portrayal. He brings an energy to the character that no one else can imitate making any effort to recast him unthinkable. However even without casting him again replacing Eggman as the main antagonist would be an uphill battle as the main contender for that role in the next Sonic movie G.U.N represents a definite step backwards.

Traditionally depicted as a fairly common military splinter group G.U.N remained largely faceless until 2005s Shadow the Hedgehog teased so they werent all that memorable. Unfortunately the implied direction with Shadow doesnt inspire confidence either. Carreys departure would not only rob the series of one of its best elements but the implied story of the upcoming movie essentially requires Eggmans presence.

Eggman plays an integral role in the entire story of Sonic Adventure 2 Shadow the Hedgehogs debut game to the point that his character is vitally important to Shadows character arc. Unlike Knuckles in Sonic 2 Eggman does not manipulate Shadow. They share a common goal in the destruction of G.U.N and work together throughout the game. Shadow acts entirely of his own free will. However the trailer for the upcoming film heavily implies that he will forgo that arc altogether in favor of Shadow simply being a weapon used by G.U.N to neutralize Sonic. This would only have the effect of robbing the character of his agency in the story by making him another puppet with only one other person pulling the strings.

Perhaps the most unfortunate thing that was lost with Jim Carreys departure would be the lack of being able to see the liveaction Eggman reach the narrative potential of his video game counterpart on the big screen. Making him more than just a whiskered evil scientist Sonic Adventure 2 added more layers of complexity that helped make Eggman a more wellrounded character. This is best represented in what is almost universally considered Eggmans best moment in any Sonic game in which he talks to his fellow genie Tails about his admiration for his grandfather. That moment in the game represents his best character arc in 30 years of gaming. If Jim Carrey really does retire from acting after Sonic the Hedgehog 2 the next movie is sure to be worse.

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