The Matrix series is one of the most famous sci-fi franchises in Hollywood. The Wachowski sisters made sure that the series was different from anything before it and that is the most amazing part. Matrix captured that perfect balance between philosophical edge and action-oriented story. The movies are so fun to watch that the editorial team has been pretty excited ever since a new installment was announced. It is quite the predicament, though. This is because as far a the continuity of the series goes, Neo and Trinity are dead. But the new footage premiering at the cinema seems to hint that these characters are alive and well and the Matrix 4 footage hints at Young Morpheus Theory.
The Matrix 4 footage premiered in front of limited audiences at CinemaCon and garnered favorable reviews. In the footage, it can be seen that Neo has reverted to being Thomas Anderson, a computer programmer who toils away in his cubicle. The Matrix was a play at the kafkaesque monotony of life. The expectation subversion of putting us in a boring environment and then bringing it back to action worked well in the original movie. The idea was to make an anime version of a virtual jail cell, but with live-action. This gave us a philosophical masterpiece. Now, we have the first look at the next installment in the franchise. The biggest reveal of the new footage has to be the Young Morpheus nod. There is an implication in the footage that Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s character is a young Morpheus.
The biggest reason why it is expected that Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will play a Young Morpheus is that he is the one who finds Thomas Anderson in Matrix San Fransico. It is quite a parallel they draw with the first film where the Agents and The crew of the Nebuchadnezzar race against each other to tag Neo. The hacker is soon ejected out into a place he is deeply unfamiliar with, as is the audience. The machine world is hostile, however, as we progress through the movies we develop with Neo.
As his powers grow, so does our confidence in him. Part of the reason why Neo is such a brilliant character is that he empowers the audience. This becomes doubly apparent in the new footage as the presumed Young Morpheus finds Neo and then tells him “Time to fly”. This implies that even though Neo seemed to revert back to his old Matrix life, he is still The One and he still has the power to control the Matrix as he sees fit. At least that is what this version of Morpheus believes, presumably.
The next matrix movie has been revealed to be named The Matrix: Resurrections. This is in line with what is happening in the movie since the main characters have seemed to come back to life, almost magically and instantaneously. Almost like the last movie never happened. I guess we will find out more about the significance of the title as more and more information comes in.
There is also some additional evidence that Young Morpheus will be a part of the movie. The main body of evidence comes from a promotional clip where a Young Morpheus spars with Neo in a Dojo. This clip is also reminiscent of the original Matrix. The more we learn about this movie the more it seems that they are trying to recreate the magic of the first one, which is a good thing, but it needs to be executed right. I cannot believe that we are about to get a new Matrix, with Neo and all.
It will be interesting to see how the resurrection works out and how it is explained in the universe. We cannot figure why the machines would have chosen to preserve Neo’s consciousness, along with Trinity. It may also be the case that the movie is actually a prequel, but this seems unlikely and the filmmakers would never pull such a trick, hopefully.
We wonder what the next step would be for the series. Do we get a movie that is just as action-based and philosophical as the first one or will we get something completely new? Maybe something we have never seen before and can’t even comprehend properly. It will only be found out after the release of the movie. Let us know your opinion in the comments below and keep watching this space for everything Marvel, DC, and Hollywood.