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| Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution|
ミュウツーの逆襲 EVOLUTION Mewtwo's Counterattack Evolution
|| July 12, 2019
| United States
|| February 27, 2020
| Home video
|| December 18, 2019
| United States
| English themes
| Japanese themes
| United States
| Great Britain
| New Zealand
Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution (Japanese: ミュウツーの逆襲 EVOLUTION Mewtwo's Counterattack Evolution, officially known as Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution in Japan) is the twenty-second Pokémon movie overall. It is a CGI remake of the first movie, Mewtwo Strikes Back.
It premiered with Japanese voices and English subtitles at the Anime Expo on July 4, 2019. It was released in Japan on July 12, 2019 and was released worldwide outside of Japan and Korea on Pokémon Day on February 27, 2020 on Netflix.
It was first revealed in a teaser trailer following M21 in Japan, which featured Mewtwo. The first official trailer was released on December 31, 2018.
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When researchers discover and exploit a fossil of the Mythical Pokémon Mew, they unleash a creation that goes against the very laws of nature: Mewtwo, a Legendary Pokémon intended for use as a tool of destruction. But as Mewtwo becomes aware of its own dubious origin, it begins to resent its human creators and seeks revenge—and Ash, Pikachu, and their friends find themselves at the center of its rampage! With the future of the Pokémon world at stake, will our heroes be able to overcome Mewtwo’s challenge…and will Mewtwo be able to find a new meaning for its life?
Leading his expedition team of Scientists through a dense jungle, Dr. Fuji is looking for the thought to be extinct Mythical Pokémon Mew. The team locate an ancient ruin featuring carving of Mew. A sudden shadow passes, none other than Mew, but it quickly disappears as the Scientists turn around. Later, the group have managed to excavate a Fossil, which they believe belong to Mew. Dr. Fuji concludes the expedition, suggesting they return to the laboratory to conduct further analysis. Mew peeks into the tent out of curiosity before soaring off into the distance.
The newly created Mewtwo is still developing its consciousness. In its daze, it dreams of Mew guiding it through a crystal clear river and soaring off towards a mountain. Mewtwo finds itself in unfamiliar surrounds, but is certain that the scenery is important. It soon awakens to find itself trapped, and uses its Psychic powers to free itself of its glass capsule. Dr. Fuji and his team rush over to welcome their creation, dubbed "Mewtwo", to the world. The scientists are impressed by Mewtwo's already promising abilities including telepathy. Dr. Fuji explains to Mewtwo that is was created from the world’s most rare Pokémon, Mew, but it is far stronger than its progenitor. Mewtwo is in disbelief that it was created by humans and grows angry at seeing their selfishness. Mewtwo reflects on its dream and wonders about its true identity. In retaliation Mewtwo overwhelms the scientists and their restrictive technology with its Psychic powers. Soon flames consume the New Island laboratory before Mewtwo finally unleashes a series of explosions to destroy it entirely.
Commissioner of the entire scientific operation, Team Rocket Boss Giovanni flies to New Island. After witnessing the carnage afar, he approaches and convinces Mewtwo to work with him to hone its powers. Giovanni places Mewtwo into a suit of armor, to help Mewtwo harness its power. In a series of tasks, Mewtwo's powers are put to the test. It assists Giovanni and Team Rocket in capturing rare Pokémon like Tauros, as well as being pitted against challengers at the Viridian Gym. Mewtwo continues to questions it purpose and reason for living. Finally Giovanni offers Mewtwo its long awaited answers; it is a Pokémon which is supposed to serve him. After Mewtwo learns of its purpose to be a weapon for Giovanni's benefit, it destroys its suppressive armor. It escapes Team Rocket HQ and heads back to New Island where it plots its revenge against humanity.
After Mewtwo rebuilds the laboratory and establishes a base there, it invites several Trainers with hologram messages to battle the world's greatest Pokémon Trainer at New Island. Watching from his spy, a Fearow armed with a camera, Ash's battle performance against Raymond also intrigues Mewtwo. Bulbasaur defeats Raymond's Donphan with a Solar Beam, while Squirtle's Bubble Beam overwhelms a Machamp. Pikachu is then pitted against three opponents all at once, but emerges victorious with a devastating Thunderbolt. Also spying, Team Rocket plot their next attempt to capture Pikachu. Following the match, Ash sits down with his friends to each enjoy a lunch prepared by Brock. Following Mewtwo's orders, its Dragonite delivers a hologram message to Ash. Brock is instantly enchanted with the hologram woman, while Ash is more excited about a chance to face the world's greatest Pokémon Trainer. After checking the invite box, Dragonite prepares to fly. However, Team Rocket have other ideas, and stop it from leaving with their frying pan. An invite slips from Dragonite's satchel, intriguing the trio.
In preparation for the main event, Mewtwo creates a powerful thunderstorm and whips up the seas. The massive disturbance also captures Mew's attention, who soon leaves for New Island. Ash and his friends soon arrive at Old Shore Wharf, the departure point to reach new Island. Inside the departures lounge many other Trainers and their equally anxious Pokémon are waiting to leave. However the storm means no ships can disembark the port. Officer Jenny and harbor manager Miranda try to maintain the peace and remind the Trainers of the stormy conditions. Miranda reiterates that she has never seen such a storm. However Fergus steps up and decides he'll just use his Pokémon to reach New Island. Jenny and Miranda protest, revealing the onsite Pokémon Center is currently unattended, so no Pokémon can be treated for their injuries. Jenny reveals that the Nurse Joy has been missing for a week, and brings everyone's attention to the missing poster. Brock inspects the poster closely and is startled by the seemingly familiar Nurse Joy. Despite the warning, several Trainers leave for New Island using their Pokémon. Miranda admits that stopping any Pokémon Trainer is futile, as they are courageous adventurer by nature.
Ash is equally determined to reach New Island, though Misty reminds him that they're Pokémon aren't strong enough to make the crossing. Luckily, Team Rocket, disguised as sailors, offer the group a ride in their Lapras-shaped boat. After pedalling through the giant waves, Meowth activates the vessel's motor, which speeds up the voyage. However, the boat goes directly into a wave, dragging everyone underwater. Team Rocket's disguises are also washed off by the current, cuasing panic for the group. As another wave throws the boat high into the air, everyone is thrown out to sea. Misty calls out her Staryu to help her and Brock through the waves, while Ash has Squirtle. The Water types cruise through the water with ease, dodging oncoming rocks before finally arriving at their destination, New Island.
At the pier, the female attendant greets the group. At her request, Ash shows the attendant his personal invite for verification. Brock instantly recognized the attendant as the missing Nurse Joy from Old Shore Wharf, Misty admits she can see the resemblance, while Ash cannot see it. The attendant replies that she has been at the castle for a long time, dismissing the comment. As the attendant leads the group to their venue, Team Rocket also arrive thanks to James's Weezing and Mew as well.
Arriving at a large entrance, the attendant leads Ash, Misty and Brock inside to meet the other Trainers. The group are surprised to see only three other Trainers, while the attendant explains that they were the only ones strong enough to make the crossing. Brock wonders if the storm was a test, however the attendant simply asks the group to call out their Pokémon before taking their seats. As the entrance doors seal shut, Team Rocket are forced to look for another way inside – via the sewer pipes. Meanwhile, Ash calls out his Squirtle and Bulbasaur, Brock sends out Vulpix while Misty's Togepi and Psyduck also join them. Corey is first to greet them, revealing he arrived with the help of his Pidgeot before showing off his other Pokémon. Fergus presents his collection of Water Pokémon. Brock instantly gravitates to Neesha, declaring that he will amaze her with his culinary skills, though Misty quickly pulls Brock away by the ear.
The lights suddenly dim and Mewtwo makes a grand entrance, floating down the castle's double-helix staircase to greet its guests. The attendant reveals that this is the world's greatest Trainer and Pokémon, Mewtwo. Fergus is outraged and declares that a Pokémon cannot be a Trainer. Using telepathy, Mewtwo has its attendant speak for it. Fergus protests, so Mewtwo uses its Psychic powers to toss him into the pool. Undeterred, Fergus orders his Gyarados attack with Hyper Beam. Mewtwo deflects the attack back at Gyarados, knocking it back into the pool. Mewtwo also releases his attendant from its Psychic manipulation, which also confirms Brock's suspicions that she is the missing Nurse Joy. Mewtwo explains that he required Nurse Joy for her specialized Pokémon knowledge, and she will have no memory of the events.
Meanwhile Team Rocket have wandered into Mewtwo's hidden cloning laboratory. They spot clones of Venusaur, Charizard and Blastoise, but are still unaware of their strange surrounds. Jessie accidentally leans on one of the control panels, which activates a video file that details the clone project that led to Mewtwo's creation. Some mechanical claws suddenly pick Meowth up, throwing him onto a conveyer belt. James rushes over and grabs Meowth while the machine plucks several tail hairs. While Meowth nurses his injured tail, a digital display appears as Meowth is cloned. The clone is beamed down the expandable tubing and left to mature. Team Rocket return their attention to the screen, learning that Mewtwo is the clone of Mew. The trio come to the conclusion that they have discovered a clone laboratory, but find it odd that it is unattended.
Back in the foyer, Mewtwo explains that the world and Pokémon are ruled by humans, which is problematic because people are inherently controlling. Pikachu leaps off Ash's shoulder to rebute such comments, and he explains that humans and Pokémon form friendships. Mewtwo is disgusted by such feelings and telepathically tosses Pikachu aside, only for Ash to break his fall. Corey steps up, calling for his Rhyhorn to attack. Mewtwo defends itself by sending Rhyhorn flying across the banquet table. Mewtwo claims to be the strongest Pokémon, and Ash suggests it prove itself. Mewtwo gladly accepts, activating its waiting clones, Blastoise, Venusaur and Charizard. In the laboratory, Team Rocket watch in shock and are even more surprised when Mew follows the clones out as well.
The lights dim yet again before revealing Mewtwo's personal battle stadium. Corey, Neesha and Ash take up Mewtwo's challenge, calling on their own Venusaur, Blastoise and Charizard to face the clones. Ash's Charizard yawns as it emerges from its Poké Ball, attacking Mewtwo with an impromptu Flamethrower. Mewtwo blocks the attack and informs Ash that Charizard is particularly ill-mannered. Everyone makes their way over to the stadium, though Mewtwo's clone trio emerge victorious over their respective opponents. Mewtwo proceeds to catch Bruteroot, Shellshocker and Ash's Charizard in its own special Mewtwo Balls. Misty wonders what Mewtwo's intentions of "stealing" other people's Pokémon could be, and Mewtwo insists it plans to create an army of superior copies. Ash orders Mewtwo to stop, though Mewtwo reiterates that it makes the rules and pushes Ash away with its Psychic powers. Mewtwo summons more Balls, sending everyone into a panic as they try to save their Pokémon from being caught. Fergus's Pokémon are all captured with ease, follows by most of Corey's and Neesha's teams. Corey's Pidgeot tries to out-speed the Balls, but is also caught. Ash recalls Bulbasaur and Squirtle to their Poké Balls, but this also proves useless as they are taken as well. Misty's Togepi goes undetected as it shelters in Misty's knit bag, while Psyduck is caught. Brock and Nurse Joy reach the doors, though Vulpix is soon taken. Pikachu remains the last standing, but he is also captured while trying to escape up the spiral staircase. Ash leaps for Pikachu, and grips onto the Ball, but it manages to get away. Ash, however, does slide down one of the hidden entrances as it carried off with the Mewtwo Balls into the cloning laboratory. There, Team Rocket watch as more Pokémon are cloned. Also on the conveyer belt, Ash, who explains that he has no time to deal with them rushes into the machine to save Pikachu, though he is still cloned like the other Pokémon. Ash wrestles with the machine's mechanical arms, causing it to spark as he manages to rescue Pikachu. Pikachu emerges from the Ball unscathed and happily leaps into Ash's embrace. Soon the newly cloned Pokémon emerge from their chambers and proceed towards the stadium. The cloning machine suddenly explodes, releasing all of the captured original Pokémon from the Mewtwo Balls. Ash is reunited with Squirtle, Bulbasaur and Charizard as well.
Mewtwo assures the humans it has no intention of harming them. It even offers them the chance to leave, however with the storm still raging, no one considers it an option. An explosion occurs, and the cloned Pokémon proceed to join Mewtwo's side. Ash, leading the originals, follows closely behind much to the relief of the others. Ash declares that he will protect his Pokémon and proceeds to charge ahead. Mewtwo protects itself from the blows before tossing Ash into the distance. However a pink bubble protects Ash from crashing into one of the spires, and Mew reveals itself to everyone. Mewtwo instantly recognizes Mew. However Mew is too busy playing around with Ash, though Mewtwo bursts its bubble to get its attention. Mewtwo declares that it is the mightiest Pokémon, in spite of being created from Mew. Mewtwo proceeds to attack, sending Mew to flee. After a pursuit and Mewtwo finally striking Mew, the Mythical Pokémon retaliates with an attack.
Mewtwo is determined to settle who is better, its superior copies or the originals. Meowth translates the interaction between Mew and Mewtwo for his teammates, with Mew siding with the originals. Mewtwo suggests they determine who is stronger with a battle of pure strengths, and promptly blocks both sides' attacks and abilities. While Mew and Mewtwo exchange blows, the Pokémon find their respective clone and a brutal battle unfolds leaving both sides battered and exhausted. Meowth's clone, meanwhile, is able to be convinced not to fight by Meowth himself. The two Meowth realize they have a lot more in common aside from their differences. Ash's Pikachu is determined not to fight his clone, but the other Pikachu is unconvinced despite the toll. Nurse Joy and the Trainers are all shocked by the unrelenting brutality, so Ash steps up to confront Mewtwo and put an end to it.
Mew and Mewtwo prepare to exchange devastating blows, Ash rushes between them to intervene. The attacks hit, and consequently turn Ash to stone. Mewtwo is taken aback that a human would try to stop the battle. As Ash lie motionless, Pikachu rushes over to check on his Trainer, but he is unresponsive. Pikachu tries one Thunderbolt after another, but his attempts are all in vain. Pikachu begins to tear up and cry aloud, fearing his Trainer is now gone. The other Pokémon are also drawn to tears by this, and the cumulative effect brings Ash back to life. Ash’s kind heart helps all the Pokémon realize their wrongs.
Mewtwo also comes to a new conclusion, that it also has a place in the world, just like Mew. Mewtwo decides that it is best that no one know of the events that unfolded. Mewtwo, together with Mew, promptly carries off the clone Pokémon to a place where they can live in peace and belong. It also wipes everyone else's memories and returns them to Old Shore Wharf.
Officer Jenny and Miranda again tell the Trainers that all ships to New Island have been cancelled because of the storm. This time however, Nurse Joy assures the Trainers that the Center is open for business and can be used as a refuge in the meantime. Ash cannot understand where they are, and Misty replies that they are just there. The storm suddenly clears, so the Trainers all step out to look at the ocean. Miranda is surprised by the quick turnaround of events, adding it is like the storm never happened. Ash then spots something in the sky, none other than Mew, though Misty and Brock say that they can't see anything besides the clouds. Ash admits he saw a mysterious Pokémon the day he left on his journey to become a Pokémon Master. His friends add that maybe he will get to meet others in the future, and Ash agrees.
Meanwhile, still on New Island, which is now lush and green, the Team Rocket trio admit it is nice to have the island to themselves.
Later, Mewtwo and the clones approach the isolated Mount Quena in the Johto region.
- Main article: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution Music Collection
- Main article: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution (manga)
- This movie was released between SM129 and SM130 in Japan.
- This is the first-ever fully CGI animated Pokémon movie.
- This movie is co-directed by Kunihiko Yuyama and Motonori Sakakibara, with the former returning after the previous movie was directed by Tetsuo Yajima. This subsequently makes this the first movie to be directed by two people as opposed to one.
- Takeshi Shudō receives a posthumous credit for this movie's screenplay.
- The first poster for the movie is similar to the original teaser poster for Mewtwo Strikes Back.
- This is one of two Pokémon-related movies to be released in 2019, with the other being the live-action Detective Pikachu movie. Coincidentally, both of them feature Mewtwo in a prominent role and heavily use CGI.
- Unshō Ishizuka's narration is posthumously featured in this movie. It was recorded in March 2018.
- This is the first Pokémon movie:
- To be released in the Reiwa period.
- To be a remake of a prior movie.
- To feature Misty and Brock in main roles since Pokémon Heroes: Latios & Latias and Zoroark: Master of Illusions, seventeen and nine years earlier, respectively.
- To not be broadcast on television in the United States in the same year as in Japan since Zoroark: Master of Illusions.
- To not feature any Pokémon from the concurrent generation.
- To not debut any new Pokémon in the anime since Genesect and the Legend Awakened, nearly six years earlier. Coincidentally, both movies feature a Mewtwo.
- To not have an introductory title in its Japanese name, like 劇場版ポケットモンスター (Pokémon The Movie) or Pokémon The Movie.
- To internationally premiere on a streaming platform rather than premiere in theaters or on TV.
- To have an Arabic dub. It is also the first form of animated Pokémon media to be dubbed into Arabic since the cancellation of the main series' Arabic dub after AG092.
Differences from the original movie
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- The laboratory where Mewtwo is born has a completely different design, with predominantly white colors.
- The entrance hall to Mewtwo's palace is slightly redesigned. Instead of the spiral staircase being positioned at the far end of the hall in front of the entrance to the arena, it is now in front of the front door. It also has two staircases forming a double helix instead of a single staircase like in the original.
- Mewtwo's armor has a different design. It frequently moves along with Mewtwo in combat and can also act as a restraint should it rebel. Giovanni activates this feature before Mewtwo escapes the Team Rocket HQ, but it fails to stop Mewtwo.
- Several characters have their designs altered from the original movie.
- Giovanni wears a darker suit in this movie, instead of the bright orange suit that he wore until Pokémon the Series: Black & White.
- Raymond's skin color is darkened and his hairstyle is changed to give him dreadlocks, while his coat, pants, and bandanna are altered to give him a more traditional pirate-like look. He is also given gloves, which he did not have in the original movie.
- Corey's jacket is changed to feature two emblems on its chest instead of one. The left emblem features a sword and the right a shield, likely a reference to Pokémon Sword and Shield.
- A new scene is added in which Giovanni presents Mewtwo to an army of Team Rocket members in a vast hall after its armor is equipped.
- Giovanni is not on the ground with the Team Rocket Grunts as they capture the herd of Tauros. Instead, he is observing overhead from his helicopter.
- Mewtwo isn't shown battling an Alakazam or a Magneton in the Viridian Gym.
- Raymond's Golem is replaced by a Drowzee, in the process eliminating the error present in Mewtwo Strikes Back, where Pikachu manages to knock out the part Ground-type with a Thunderbolt.
- Ash's Charizard, Misty's Psyduck, and Brock's Vulpix all appear earlier in the movie, during the lunch scene.
- Charizard is added into most of the scenes alongside Squirtle and Bulbasaur and responds positively to Ash in all of them. The original movie took place alongside the anime in which Charizard was still disobedient, but those behaviours have been mostly erased presumably to avoid confusion to newer viewers (with the closest thing to a hint at its original disobedient nature being Charizard pre-emptively trying to attack Dragonite and Mewtwo without Ash's permission).
- Ash's Charizard attacks using Flamethrower on Dragonite when it lands.
- In addition to the unknown Trainer attempting to reach New Island on a Fearow, two more Trainers attempt the journey surfing on a Kingler and flying on a Scyther.
- Misty reacts with excitement to Fergus' Vaporeon and other Water Pokémon, and she rushes to greet them until Gyarados emerges. An exchange between Ash and Fergus about Gyarados is also added.
- Both Bruteroot and Shellshocker last longer in battle against the clone Venusaur and Blastoise. Bruteroot survives the initial Vine Whip attack and is knocked out by Leaf Storm, whereas Shellshocker is knocked out by the same Rapid Spin but after exchanging a head-on Skull Bash.
- Nurse Joy gives information about Ash, Misty, and Brock before she asks if they need to be invited. Mewtwo is also clearly depicted in this scene, whereas in the original he is obscured.
- Team Rocket attempts to take Ash and his friends to New Island in a Lapras-shaped sailboat, with the Viking motif being eliminated entirely. Team Rocket also sing a song during this scene.
- Brock tries to flirt with Neesha and also notes his attraction to Miranda.
- A number of moves that were introduced in later generations, such as Energy Ball and Leaf Storm, are used in this movie.
- When Ash is petrified during the movie's climax, he turns to black stone instead of gray rock.
- The ending credits now feature paintings of Ash and his friends in different areas.
- A Generation III Pokémon, Wingull, appears in the movie's ending credits.
- Miranda also mentions Wingull earlier in the movie. This is an alteration of an existing line in the Japanese version of Mewtwo Strikes Back, where she refers to regular seagulls instead.
- The post-credits scene, which was previously a shot of Mew flying off into the mountains, now shows Mewtwo and the clones flying toward Mount Quena, foreshadowing Mewtwo Returns.
- Some of the music featured in the movie is remixed from preceding movies, including Black—Victini and Reshiram, Genesect and the Legend Awakened (which also starred a Mewtwo), Hoopa and the Clash of Ages, and Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel.
- While the dialogue is largely unchanged between the Japanese versions of both movies, the dialogue in this movie's English dub is mostly not based on the original movie's dub script, save for a few select lines, and is instead re-translated to be closer to the Japanese versions' scripts.
- Most of the 1990s era songs that play during the English dub of the movie, such as Brother, My Brother (which played as Ash first saw the clones and originals fighting en masse), is omitted and replaced with the movie's score. The exception to this is the cover of the Pokémon Theme that plays during the battle with Raymond, which is a fresh cover.
- The scene where Misty hides Togepi in her bag while Mewtwo is capturing the other Pokémon is made more obvious to the audience, as she tells it to "be very quiet in there". She also tells it to hide in her bag during the boat ride.
- Psyduck is captured while hiding behind a pillar instead of when it is running away with Misty and Brock.
- Nurse Joy and Brock try to open the door to escape, just before Vulpix is captured by Mewtwo.
- When Jessie accidentally activates the Pokémon replication system, Dr. Fuji's voice is heard explaining how the machine works. However, in the original movie's English dub, a feminine robotic voice is heard, with Dr. Fuji's voice speaking about Mewtwo's creation after Meowth's DNA had been extracted.
- Although Mewtwo's conversation towards Dr. Fuji regarding the nature of Mewtwo's existence is translated faithfully from the Japanese version, the English dub replaces the reference to God with "nature" to omit any religious references.
- Keep Evolving replaces Together With the Wind as the ending theme.
In other languages
|| بوكيمون: ميوتو يضرب مجددًا - التطور
|| Pokémon: Mewtwo vrací úder – Vývoj
|| Pokémon: Mewtwo slår igen – Udvikling
|| Pokémon: Mewtwo slaat terug - Evolutie
|| Pokémon: Mewtwo iskee takaisin – Kehitys
|| Pokémon : Mewtwo contre-attaque – Évolution
|| Pokémon: Mewtu schlägt zurück – Evolution
|| Pokémon: Ο Μιούτου Αντεπιτίθεται: Η Εξέλιξη
|| פוקמון: מיוטו מכה שנית – התפתחות
|| Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution
|| Pokémon: Mewtwo visszavág – Evolúció
|| Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution
|| Il film Pokémon Mewtwo colpisce ancora - L'evoluzione
|| 극장판 포켓몬스터 「뮤츠의 역습 EVOLUTION」|
포켓몬스터: 뮤츠의 복수
|| Pokémon: Mewtwo slår tilbake—Evolution
|| Pokémon: Zemsta Mewtwo – Ewolucja
|| Pokémon, o filme: Mewtwo contra-ataca — Evolução
|| Pokémon: Mewtwo Contra-Ataca - Evolução
|| Pokémon: Mew 2 contraatacă – Evoluție
|| Покемон: Мьюту наносит ответный удар – Эволюция
|| Latin America
|| Pokémon: Mewtwo contraataca — Evolución
|| Pokémon: Mewtwo contraataca — Evolución
|| Pokémon: Mewtwo slår tillbaka – Evolution
|| โปเกมอน: ความแค้นของมิวทู EVOLUTION
|| Pokémon: Mewtwo İntikam Peşinde - Evrim
|| Покемон: М'юту завдає удару у відповідь – Еволюція
|| Pokémon: Mewtwo phản công – Tiến hóa