• One throwaway comment in Detective Pikachu may help to set the film within a timeline. 1 / 8

  • In the film, a scientist doing experiments on Mewtwo mentions that the Pokemon left the Kanto region 20 years prior. 2 / 8

    Mewtwo In Pokemon Detective Pikachu
  • Since Team Rocket is responsible for the creation of Mewtwo, this means that the team has been active for at least that long. 3 / 8

  • The key link here? Team Rocket leader Giovanni: who oversaw this experiment and is a major part of the events in Pokemon Red, Blue, Green, and Yellow. 4 / 8

    Vertical Pokemon Movie Ash Mewtwo
  • Those games first released in Japan in 1996, which set Detective Pikachu in 2016 – the same year that Pokemon Sun and Moon released. 5 / 8

  • Does this mean that Red has already been roaming the world of Detective Pikachu for years prior to the event of the film? 6 / 8

  • Only time will tell, but that mention of Mewtwo has larger implications than may initially have seen. 7 / 8

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