The Fourth Matrix Film Will Be Called The Matrix: Resurrections
News from CinemaCon this week brings us the title for the fourth installment in The Matrix franchise. Warner Bros also revealed an official teaser with footage from the film that has not yet hit the internet. So while we wait for that footage to come our way, let’s muse on the title The Matrix: Resurrections and what it means for the future of the franchise.
The Matrix Resurrects The Main Characters
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First, I have to say that I’m disappointed that the Wachowskis did not opt for the most obvious title The Matrix: Rebooted. Come on, it was right there! They’re literally rebooting both the franchise and The Matrix itself. But instead of being tongue in cheek and super meta about it, they went with Resurrections. It’s fine, I guess.
And the resurrection in question will certainly be important for the film’s plot. After all, the last installment The Matrix: Revolutions saw the deaths of many of the major characters. This includes both Neo (Keanu Reeves) and Trinity (Carrie-Ann Moss) both of whom are back for the fourth installment. So it seems as though they have been literally resurrected, at least within the construct of The Matrix itself.
Treading Familiar Ground In The Matrix: Resurrections
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Reports from CinemaCon seem to indicate that the trailer itself felt very familiar to long-time fans of the first movie. Apparently The Matrix: Resurrections is treading the same ground that The Matrix did back in 1999. Neo appears to be back in The Matrix, learning the secrets that the first movie revealed, meeting up with Trinity, and being given the option of two colorful pills. Neil Patrick Harris joins the cast as a therapist, while Yahya Abdul-Mateen II appears to be playing an alternate/younger version of Morpheus.
The question is how will this version of The Matrix be different? It’s not enough to simply cash in on the nostalgic love for the first installment, and retell the same story over and over again. The Matrix films have always played around with the concept of eternal recurrence. And this appears to be another cycle that Neo and Trinity are repeating. How will things change for them in this fourth installment? And how can both the characters, and the creators avoid the mistakes of the past?
We will (hopefully) get some answers to these questions when The Matrix: Resurrections hits theaters on December 22, 2021. The official trailer should be hitting the internet soon, so you know we will have a full breakdown when it arrives. Stay tuned to Comic Years on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date.
Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.