Detective Pikachu May Lead to a Full-On Pokémon Cinematic Universe

Ready for more Pokémon? Well, according to Legendary Entertainment producer Ali Mendes, the upcoming Detective Pikachu movie may lead into a full-blown Pokémon Cinematic Universe.

During a set visit for Detective Pikachu, Mendes told IGN, “[Pokemon is] such a rich universe. There are so many ways you can go inside of it. We're trying to get the first movie right, and then once we've done that, we'll see where we go from there, but absolutely. There are a lot of opportunities.”

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While the comments do indicate that Legendary Entertainment is waiting to see how Detective Pikachu performs, it's clear there are future Pokémon films are on the horizon. While this obviously entails future adventures of Ryan Reynold's Pikachu sleuth, it is worth noting Mendes doesn't rule out the possibility of films that explore the world of Pokémon.

Indeed, with so many Easter eggs in trailers and promotional material, it seems as if Legendary Entertainment might be gearing up for a universe to rival the MCU and its own Godzilla Monsterverse.

Adding further validity to the possibility of a Legendary Pokémon Universe is the rumor that Legendary has two further Pokémon films in development. One of them is said to feature Mewtwo and will explore his origins and high-powered adventures. Mewtwo, of course, is confirmed to appear in Detective Pikachu, which lends credence to the idea that it may be setting up future films. However, it remains to be seen what Mewtwo's role will be.

The other film is believed to be an adaptation of Pokémon Red and Blue. However, it's unknown if it will be a straight-forward adaptation of the classic Game Boy games. Previous adaptations of Pokémon Red and Blue include the Pokémon Special manga and the four-episode anime Pokémon Origins.

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Regardless of these rumored projects, though, fans will have to wait, as Detective Pikachu's box office results should determine Legendary's future plans for the franchise. If the film is a success, fans can look forward to more movies featuring the beloved pocket monsters in action. If not, these plans might be dead on arrival.

Directed by Rob Letterman, Detective Pikachu stars Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Ken Watanabe and the voice of Ryan Reynolds. The film opens on May 10.

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