Pokemon Movie 22: ‘Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution’

The 21st Pokemon movie featuring Lugia and Zeraora premiered in Japan today. As usual, a teaser followed for next year’s film — and it seems it may feature Mewtwo from the first movie! As our good friend Dogasu at Dogasu’s Backpack has reported:

The teaser starts with a black screen. Text that says something along the lines of “The Legend is Back” (伝説が戻ってくる) appears in both English and Japanese. After that, some bubbles that’ll look very familiar to Movie 1 fans start floating up from the bottom of the screen.


As the bubbles continue to rise, we hear a voice that I’m 99.99999999% sure is Masachika Ichimura, the original voice of Mewtwo from Mewtwo Strikes Back (and that Johto TV special), recite the opening monologue from the first movie: “What is this place? Who am I?” (ここはどこだ?私は誰だ?). We then see a shot similar to the one below of Mewtwo opening its eyes, though I’m sad to say that the Mewtwo shown in the teaser for next year’s film is rendered in CG.


After this, the movie’s logo comes up: Pocket Monsters The Movie “Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution” (劇場版ポケットモンスター「ミュウツーの逆襲Evolution). The logo, at least now anyway, consists of the word “Evolution” written out in English slapped onto the bottom right-hand corner of the old Movie 1 logo from 1998.

The original "Mewtwo Strikes Back" logo

Gamefreak has already stated Mewtwo will play a much larger role in the story for Let’s Go Pikachu! and Eevee, so it makes sense the movie will continue the Kanto hype train for marketing purposes.

At this point we don’t know anything about the film, but it’s highly unlikely it will be a straight-up remake of the first movie. Every new Pokemon film features at least one never-before-seen Pokemon, so they’ll have to integrate a new Pokemon into the story somehow (as with Marshadow in I Choose You or Zeraora in the latest film).

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  1. paulyd84 cooltrainerpaul


    In before new mewtwo evolution! Or Mewthree lol

    Id actually really like this to be a team rocket only movie - i know they never will but just giovanni being the lead would be awesome fan service, sort of a sopranos like but with pokemon!

    Will result in some sick cards though cant beat a good Mewtwo FA!
  2. Mr. Rhyperior The Drill Pokemon. An evolve form of Rhydon.
    Mr. Rhyperior


    This kinda hint for Gen 8? There's always a new Pokémon every movie, right?

    I bet the Eng trailer of this movie will be @ Worlds.
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  3. Antonio123456 Aspiring Trainer


    Nope. A new Pokemon was confirmed to be in Let's go, I bet my bippy that it'll be that poke.
  4. Lostlorn Forest Sinnoh is the best region
    Lostlorn Forest


    I'm curious the direction the TCG will go. With Evolutions released just two years ago soon, will they risk it feeling Kanto oversaturated, and if so will they be able to restrict it to first gen Pokemon only or go past first gen while in the Kanto environment? And for how many sets? *Sits down*
  5. Mr. Rhyperior The Drill Pokemon. An evolve form of Rhydon.
    Mr. Rhyperior


    No no no. If it is a new Pokemon in that frikin Let's Go thing, it will be like on XD's Bonsly and Munchlax.
  6. Rindon Aspiring Trainer


    I was wondering the same thing...does this mean anothe4 revisit to Kanto next year following the movie...more mewtwo cards? I figured with release of Let’s go this fall that the next year will Kanto-Alola themed...with the release of new region Pokemon early 2020 following the newest game next fall 2019.

    As for the movie, the title could be “Mewtwo returns....Again”
  7. RisingRaichuu Aspiring Trainer

    Advanced Member Member

    I think the title will be "Pokemon The Movie: Tapu Lele Strikes Back."
  8. drewtorrespr Aspiring Trainer


    In the first pokemon movie starring mewtwo he had a deep voice to convey power. The voice actors name is Joey Goede. When I began seeing the second mewtwo movie with Genesect I was expecting his voice for the franchise's sake, but they went for a feminine voice. I found it weird from a continuity standpoint. I'm wondering if anyone has asked what's Game Freak's & TPC's position to the movies and time lines.
  9. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
    Nekoban Ryo


    I wonder if New Island will be featured in Let's Go? I saw a map for the games the other day and noticed that Mewtwo was the only Legendary not placed close to its original encounter spot. It was to the lower right, flying above swirling clouds positioned close to where New Island was located on one of the anime maps. If that's the case, I'm curious if they'll include more anime-exclusive locations (like the Orange Islands).


    Last edited: Jul 13, 2018
  10. pokemon64 Semi-Ace Trainer


    Mewthree confirmed?
  11. CF1994 Aspiring Trainer


    Not looking forward to it, since the Kanto pandering is kinda starting to get out of hand.

    I have nothing against Kanto in general, although I would prefer it if it wasn't treated with massive favouritism this generation, since it robs other regions and their Pokémon and characters of amazing potential.
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  12. Pika! Aspiring Trainer


    i hope
  13. Julio Penaloza Aspiring Trainer
    Julio Penaloza


    Nice movie. I hope they show it on the big screen in the US
  14. pokemon64 Semi-Ace Trainer


  15. Raven Zombie Dark/Ghost Trainer
    Raven Zombie


    So Lysandre gives Giovanni a Mewtwoite and Mewtwo turns into Mega Mewtwo X, Mewtwo X finds Mewtwo Y and they make babies, which end up being Mews. the end.