As the first-ever live-action Pokémon movie, we reveal if Pokémon Detective Pikachu has a post-credits scene teasing future films set in this world. The franchise launched in the mid 90s, based around a world inhabited by "pocket monsters," shortened to be called Pokémon. Though initially kicked off with video games, the Pokémon IP quickly spread to trading cards, animated TV shows, anime films, comics and all manner of merchandise. The franchise saw a major resurgence in 2016 with the launch of the mobile game Pokémon GO. Around the same time, talk of the first-ever live-action Pokémon movie began.
The Pokémon live-action movie rights were acquired by Legendary in July 2016 and it was later announced they'd adapt the Detective Pikachu video game. From there, Rob Letterman was hired to direct Detective Pikachu and Ryan Reynolds was cast as the titular Pokémon. Justice Smith leads the human cast, which also includes Kathryn Newton, Ken Watanabe and Bill Nighy. Both the early reactions and Detective Pikachu reviews indicated the movie successfully adapts the Pokémon world to live-action, but now that it's hitting theaters around the world, fans will get a chance to check it out for themselves.
For those fans wondering whether they gotta catch 'em all in terms of catching all necessary scenes in the movie, Pokémon Detective Pikachu does NOT have a post-credits scene - or any mid-credits scenes for that matter. While it's always worth it to watch the credits in order to appreciate all the people who went into the making of the film, those sticking around for any extras should be warned Detective Pikachu doesn't have any credits scenes.
That doesn't mean there aren't any more live-action Pokémon movies coming, though, as Detective Pikachu 2 is already in the works. 22 Jump Street writer Oren Uziel was hired in January to get started on the script. It's unclear what exactly a Detective Pikachu sequel will be about, though the ending of this first movie does offer some hints. We won't spoil the ending for those who haven't yet caught Detective Pikachu, but those who have seen the movie are no doubt excited to see more from this live-action Pokémon universe. Of course, that all likely rests on the success of this first film.
It's no surprise considering all the CGI Pokémon included in the movie, but Detective Pikachu had an approximate budget of $150 million, which means it will need to earn at least $300 million to be considered a success. Considering the popularity of the Pokémon brand among moviegoers young and old - those who are the current demographic of the kid-geared property and those who grew up with it in the 90s - Detective Pikachu has all the potential to be a major hit. Until Legendary announces what's officially next for the Pokémon live-action franchise, all fans need to know for now is that Detective Pikachu doesn't have a post-credits scene teasing a sequel or featuring any extra footage of Pikachu.
- Detective Pikachu (2019) release date: May 10, 2019