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Sonic movie could be getting another character

It looks like Sonic won't be the only strange creature making an appearance in the new Sonic the Hedgehog movie. But don't get your hopes up just yet — we're not talking about Tails, Amy, or Knuckles joining the cast. Instead, it appears a completely new character will be introduced in the film.

An owl, no less.

A tweet from Paramount Spain makes reference to someone named Longclaw. In said tweet, Sonic is essentially quoting something he says Longclaw always told him. It roughly translates to, "Go slowly but without pause," which we believe is a nod to a popular Confucius quote: "It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop." But that's neither here nor there.

The real story here is this Longclaw character. Who is it? While there's not been any official word that Longclaw is a character in Sonic the Hedgehog, at least one Sonic-centric news outlet has come forward to claim that Longclaw will, indeed, play a part.

"Tails' Channel can independently confirm the name and existence of the new owl character," wrote Sonic news site Tails' Channel on Twitter.

Based on the name, we're pretty certain the folks at Tails' Channel are downright livid that Longclaw, not Tails, could potentially be Sonic's new pal.

At any rate, if Longclaw is indeed going to show up in Sonic the Hedgehog, Paramount is running out of time to make that reveal. The film hits theaters in just a few weeks on Feb. 14. We've seen most of the cast already. We know who is voicing Sonic. We've even seen a Baby Sonic try to capture some of that Baby Yoda magic. Longclaw the owl, however, is but a name in a foreign language tweet.

We'll find out if it's real soon enough.

Where are the other Sonic characters?

We mentioned it earlier, but the question is still on our minds — especially in light of this Longclaw news. Where in the world are the other Sonic charaters at in the Sonic the Hedgehog movie? And how could Paramount introduce an entirely new character to this universe without bringing back some fan favorites?

At this moment in time, we're aware of two characters from the Sonic the Hedgehog universe who will for sure be appearing in the movie: Sonic himself and Dr. Robotnik. Longclaw would be an entirely new addition, as he's not appeared in any of the video games or cartoons. Other than that, we don't see any of the other characters we've come to know over the past few decades.

Where is Tails, for instance? If Sonic is Mario, then Tails is Luigi — the second character you can sometimes play as in various adventures. Tails was a lifesaver in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, where his flying could help you easily clear levels or get out of tough spots. And in the Sonic universe at large, Tails is almost like a little brother to the blue speedster. A Sonic movie without Tails just doesn't feel right, even if he'd likely be the third wheel for most of it.

There's also no sign of Knuckles. This echidna rose to prominence in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 as well as Sonic & Knuckles, and feels like a pretty glaring omission in a tale about everyone's favorite hedgehog. If Sonic were assembling his own Avengers crew, Knuckles would definitely be in the mix punching bad guys. Unfortunately, it seems Paramount isn't interested in Knuckles, either.

And there are many more we could list, such as Amy, or Cream the Rabbit, or Blaze the Cat. These are all characters who bring Sonic's world to life, and make his story a more interesting one to tell. Because we have yet to see them, though, the odds aren't good that any of them will be making an appearance.

Maybe we'll be wrong

But what if we're in for a surprise?

There are clues in a few of the Sonic the Hedgehog movie trailers that the film could spend some time on Mobius, Sonic's home planet. How much time? We're not entirely sure. But we do see a clip that definitely appears to take place on Mobius, complete with a Dr. Robotnik who looks less like a well-dressed scientist and more like a madman. And it sure seems like some things are being kept a surprise — Longclaw, for example.

Perhaps there's a chance we'll run into a whole crew of Sonic the Hedgehog characters when the film transitions to that location. Sonic will undoubtedly need to defeat Dr. Robotnik once and for all. He'll have some human help, for sure — but maybe that task will also require the services of Sonic's other pals, as well.

We'll be crossing our fingers.

Sonic the Hedgehog races into theaters on Feb. 14.