Endgame evolution, but asking the question Pikachu’s

In lieu of catching, battling, and training, Detective Pikachu’s writers honed in on the concept of Pokémon evolution. “Pokémon evolving is such a fundamental part of this property,” Hernandez says. They set out to tell a story “not just about endgame evolution, but asking the question of whether people can evolve, too—can relationships between fathers and sons evolve? That was kind of our guiding principle in connecting us to the lore that came before us.”