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The Biggest Problem With Mewtwo's Return In Pokémon
In 1998's “Pokémon: The First Movie,” Mewtwo proved to be a memorable antagonist with philosophical musings about life's meaning that gave him a surprisingly complex character arc. 2019’s “Pokémon Journeys” finally heralded the reunion between the hyper-intelligent Mewtwo and Ash, but there's a bit of a glaring issue when it comes to Mewtwo's big anime return.
2013’s “Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened” saw Ash and friends encounter a new Mewtwo, who talks and has a similar origin to the Mewtwo from “Pokémon: The First Movie.” This was the result of a rights issue, as the writer of “The First Movie,” Takeshi Shudo, retained rights to the original iteration of Mewtwo and didn't sign off on reusing that character.
Having two separate Mewtwo is a bit of a plot hole, considering how it's supposed to be one of the rarest Pokémon. Of course, such a discrepancy could be ignored if the original Mewtwo was eventually retconned out of continuity, but the character's reappearance in "Pokémon Journeys" and the confirmation that it's the same Mewtwo from the first movie complicates things.