I agree with this
This is , ok how do I respond to this. There's a context to this I don't think you are acknowledging. Let me break it down for you.
MOST OF THESE CHARACTERS HAVEN'T ACTUALLY BEEN USED IN ANY MEANINGFUL FASHION IN YEARS, AND TO ACTUALLY CHANGE THAT CHARACTER FOR NO REASON AFTER SUCH A LONG DEPARTURE MIGHT CAUSE SOME DISDAIN
So there's that, in combination just because it creates interesting conversation means it was a story worth telling. And just because it doesn't create some massive conversation doesn't mean it isn't. We haven't seen shadow react normally to things in years so seeing him react normally to some shit would be interesting. You talk about how he stands back in the corner, but that's has nothing to do with characterization that has everything do with how sonic team designed that video game. And in all honesty you didn't actually get a lot of characterization in that game because he wasn't around enough and the things he did do didn't have him engaging with anyone for a long period of time other than the antagonist whom he had little connection to in the first place.
That isn't to say that I don't agree with your desire to see sonic team take chances with these characters quite a bit, heck I would actually advocate for a classic sonic to modern sonic restructuring of modern sonic in its entirety. I think we are way overdue and taking time and doing something like that could get some more energy and hype put into the 3d section of this franchise. But I'm off point a bit, people haven't seen shadow act " normally " in years, so they would like to see him act a bit more normal that the flanderizations that have been present in the sonic media as of late.
To be frank, no I DON"T want controversy, I don't want risk taking. I want good, I haven't had GOOD in years. Instead of making wild changes to shit, instead of risk taking shadow. Why don't we have good shadow first. That's kind of how I feel about sonic in general, instead of taking risks maybe focus on one thing and make it good and then expand. I don't think controversy for controversy's sake is interesting or good. How about we focus on getting good first.
This isn't even getting into how, at least in terms of shadow. You can pretty much write shadow being shadow, and that's some of the most risk taking shit in sonic, because he's an oddly serious weirdo in a sea of colorful animals. And writing from that perspective has already gotten interesting results, in the comics even.
Having a wild interpretation doesn't mean anything, it doesn't gain anything, its ultimately worthless unless you justify that interpretation of that character. And I don't think people arguing over your interpretation is really an indication of success or not, at least in this scenario
Edit: i would like to just point out, this isn't a reference to the comic more so sonic in general. I would prefer , unless starting an entire new thing, a solid good foundation that you can expand on and you can build a fanbase and then take risks, rather than wild risk takes that might be good. Especially in regards to sonic where the latter continues to prove fruitless