It’s been 18 long years, but the Matrix Franchise is finally receiving its 4th cinematic instalment! The first trailer for The Matrix Resurrections just released and you can watch it right now!
While it may be the first new cinematic entry in the series since 2003, it will not be the first new part of the Matrix story since Matrix Revolutions. For nearly 2 decades, The Matrix has continued its multimedia approach to storytelling by continuing aspects of the story through other media such as The Matrix Online Videogame.
From The Animatrix to the Bits and Pieces of Information Comic Book, The Matrix was renowned for being one of the most influential and popular franchises to incorporate media convergence as a method of storytelling. Watching the films alone gave you one story, but indulging in the games, books, and animations was how you would get the full story.
With the inventive marketing surrounding the release of this recent trailer, The Matrix 4 seems to be continuing that tradition. Prior to the trailer’s release, earlier this week, Warner Brothers relaunched the WhatIsTheMatrix.com website, which offered viewers teaser images and clips of the upcoming film. The website even made you choose either a red or blue pill which lead to different monologues and images from a selection of 180,000 clips.
Old-time fans will remember WhatIsTheMatrix.com from 1999 when it promoted the original Matrix movie with games, comics, and hidden pages accessed by codes. 22 years later, and the website has adapted to a very different digital landscape.
The trailer for the new film seems to show a futuristic world where “The One” Neo is being suppressed by a daily intake of blue pills, seemingly unaware of his past or the war with the machines. The trailer also seems to show us a young Morpheus and as always, an insane amount of flippy maddening martial arts action.
The film is due to be released on December 22nd, with returning stars Keanu Reeves as Neo and Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity, although sadly Laurence Fishburne shall not be reprising his role as Morpheus (possibly because his character was canonically shot dead in the 2005 The Matrix Online videogame). Interestingly, while Lana Wachowski is returning to direct the film, her sister Lilly Wachowski will not be joining her, stating that she felt that the idea of returning to the Matrix would be “emotionally unfulfilling”.
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