Aside from being fast-talking, sarcastic, self-proclaimed missing persons detectives, Pikachu's P.I. version and the Merc with a Mouth have little in common. However, that didn't stop Reynolds from pitting them against each other in an appropriately dubbed the "Tail of the Tape."
Unfortunately for Ash Ketchum's favorite Pokemon, the odds are grossly unbalanced, with Wade Wilson likely to win the matchup 5-4.
As far as cuteness and raw charisma are concerned, the two are evenly matched. However, the Regenerating Degenerate is bigger and heavier, isn't opposed to grotesque, R-rated violence, and uses deadly katanas in battle. Pikachu might be an electric-type, capable of voltage-based attacks, but there's no telling if his detective counterpart is willing to pull the same tricks.
But, if characters like Rocket Raccoon and Viewtiful Joe are any indication, size doesn't matter — not even in a no-holds-barred, completely bonkers catfight that doesn't obey the laws of physics. Being small will allow Detective Pikachu to dodge blows that could decapitate taller fighters. His stature will also allow him to more easily avoid bullets.
Plus, Pikachu has coffee (instead of chimichangas) to keep him alert, and sometimes that makes all the difference in a death battle — or a drunken bar fight.
Sorry, Wade. Maybe Detective Pikachu has all the advantage after all.
Directed by Rob Letterman, Detective Pikachu stars Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Ken Watanabe, and the voice of Ryan Reynolds. It opens in theaters on May 10, 2019.