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As amazing as the idea of Sonic Team wanting to bring back Mephiles or Black Doom in the games themselves would be, unfortunately I'm inclined to go with the idea that they just want to forget Sonic '06 and Shadow's game as much as possible, so they shot that idea down to avoid spotlighting them. Then again, Shadow Fall had the Black Arms altogether and was a direct sequel to Shadow the Hedgehog, so I can't really be certain.
What do you think of Ian’s idea to have Shadow remove his inhibitor rings during the zombot fight in IDW Sonic issue 19 and why did SEGA turn it down, why did they feel it wasn’t within Shadow’s character and why did they want him to be written as an overconfident jerk rival character?
I think Shadow removing his Inhibitor Rings in that instance, like when the Metal Virus started to infect him, would fit within his character. It's akin to the fight against the barrage of Mephiles clones in 06, where he's facing off against a horde and can't afford to hold back to ensure victory is achieved. I feel SEGA turned it down claiming it specifically wasn't in his character, specifically because they want him as the overconfident jerk rival. It's one of those perfect strawman stands to ensure that Shadow isn't liked more than Sonic, because they want to ensure that Sonic is the penultimate protagonist and nobody can challenge him, so they aren't challenged to make other characters playable in the games again. Not a stance I agree with whatsoever, me personally some of my favorite characters aren't even Sonic himself, and it's one of the biggest things I hated specifically about 2010s Sonic. One can hope as things are reshaping behind the scenes again, we can move away from that and begin to spotlight these other characters again.
Honestly, I do not. My best guess is they're trying to keep things parallel with the games in terms of characterization or some storyline choices, but honestly that's just a best guess, as they were simultaneously free to let Boom do whatever it wants since it was another universe and maintained the tone that they wanted. But as far as I knew all the comics were as well, so who knows? Again, hopefully that will change in the future and the IDW comics can become as unique as Archie's were.