– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Disclaimer: This post contains spoilers for Pokémon: Detective Pikachu.

If you had a chance to check out Pokémon: Detective Pikachu this past weekend, you may have noticed an interesting creative choice the filmmakers made in regards to Mewtwo. Upon seeing the trailer reveal for Mewtwo, I had assumed that this movie would act as something of an origin movie for him, not unlike what Pokémon: The First Movie was for him, but that wasn’t what we got at all.

In a line in the film, it was mentioned that he was captured after he escaped from the Kanto region 20 years ago. This would seem to imply that this could be the very same Mewtwo that Ash Ketchum in co. ran into on that island in the aforementioned animated movie, which was released 21 years ago in 1998. Sure, it’s not like this universe is the same as ours, but that does seem to hint at the idea of an ongoing continuity. As it turns out, this was not meant to be a simple Easter egg from the filmmakers, but a deliberate move to connect this film to the larger universe, as director Rob Letterman revealed to IGN.

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“We want Detective Pikachu, which was this new video game that was being developed at the time and has a new region, which is Ryme City, to be integrated into the overall universe,” Letterman told the outlet. “We don’t want this to be separate. There’s a lot of things, not just this — we mention the Kanto region, we mention a lot of the Pokémon universe — because we want this to be a part of this bigger thing and be completely connected into the movie. There would be no way to create a new backstory. It had to feed off of Mewtwo’s actual backstory.”

As someone who was all about Pokémon back in the day, I very much appreciated the attention to detail here, and like the fact that they’re building on the foundation set by the games and anime, as opposed to trying to start from scratch.

What do you think of the filmmakers working to work themselves into the main canon? Let us know down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.