^I guess that will be it.
I always had a feeling Team Skull wouldn't be the villains. They seem relatively small scale and not like they'd be too engaging narrative wise. But I actually like this way of masking the true evil team entirely even in marketing. They tried masking the team leader in gen 6, but that didn't really work.
What if they pull a ruby/sapphire and in one game, Skull ends up being the main villain team and in the other the aether foundation is?
I just knew there had to be a secret villain team. Aether Foundation looks to be it!
Aether Organization doesn't really look evil to me, but certainly very suspicious. I'm guessing they may have done something bad in the past, in relation to Ultra Beasts probably, and then they tried to make up for it by helping pokemon and stuff. And maybe team skull will take advantage of their researches for their evil schemes. All in all, the clear lack of balance in the natural ecosystem with all these threatening beasts (that may not even be actually the threat) and abominations like the chimera pokemon, is sign Zygarde really will play an important role in the main storyline, imo.
Huh, I figured the sidequest of going around the region collecting cores meant that he'd have no impact on the main story.
The fact that the main site says that "If you collect lots of Cores and Cells, the path to finding Zygarde in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon may become clear." I very much think it will be an optional side-quest.
I think it speaks to RPG tropes when we get a reveal of a benevolent organization and everyone automatically assumes "they must be secretly evil"
Lusamine: Gerald, what have you done to your hair? And why aren't you wearing the white jumpsuit I bought you?
Gladion: God Mom, let me make my own choices! And I told to to call me Gladion!
Lusamine: And where do you think you're storming off to, young man?
Gladion: I'm going to build an unholy chimera of death. You wouldn't understand...