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The Matrix 4 Can’t Just Ignore The Sequels (Despite Them Being Bad)

Resurrections being a sequel to the first Matrix film only could be a big mistake for the franchise – even if its two sequels weren’t as good.

Although The Matrix Resurrections is formally billed as a follow up to the very first Matrix movie just, it merely cannot manage to neglect the follows up, despite just how poor they could be. Warner Bros.'s main summary of the movie explains The Matrix Resurrections as “a continuation of the story established in the first Matrix film”, suggesting that there's no factor in all for followers to anticipate any kind of components from The Matrix Reloaded or The Matrix Revolutions to find right into play in the upcoming follow up. While neither Reloaded neither Revolutions have actually ever before been taken into consideration comparable with the initial movie, the choice is one that will definitely show rough for lots of followers, suggesting that the brand-new Matrix sequelwill encounter some one-of-a-kind obstacles.

The initially Matrix movie saw Neo run away the titular simulation with the aid of Morpheus as well as Trinity, arising right into the “real” globe: a future in which makers have actually confined the residues of mankind. Its 2 follows up, which completed the initial Matrix trilogy, saw Neo as well as co. take the battle to the makers both inside the Matrix as well as in mankind's grim future. The legend finished in Neo's noticeable fatality, compromising himself to conserve both human as well as device human being.

If Resurrections does without a doubt ignore the occasions of previous follows up, it might risk of under-mining previous world-building – putting the upcoming movie in an especially weird setting amongst the broader franchise business. Considering that, at the really the very least, the movie will certainly currently require to discuss just how Neo as well as Trinity are back in the Matrix without any memory of each other, in addition to why Morpheus has actually been modified, neglecting Reloaded as well as Revolutions will certainly include an additional layer of unneeded intricacy. All this indicates that, put simply, Resurrections cannot manage to totally ignore its precursors.

There are lots of various other obstacles to the suggested retcon. For instance, it has actually been introduced that Jada Pinkett-Smith as well as Lambert Wilson will certainly be repeating their corresponding functions as Niobe as well as The Merovingian, although both personalities were missing from the very first movie, as well as were rather presented in The Matrix Reloaded. How precisely Resurrections might revive personalities from movies it suggests to neglect is totally unidentified, particularly thinking about that the personalities were missing from the Resurrections trailer.

Despite the possible troubles, nevertheless, this action has really been attained with modest success by various other franchise business. Notable heritage follows up to choose which films to treat as canon include 2018's Halloween as well as Terminator: Dark Fate, which followed on from Terminator 2: Judgement Day. However, a crucial difference between these movies as well as Resurrection is that the Matrix franchise isn't a long-running series with plenty of sequels and a confusing timeline. Instead, ignoring two out of three previous movies could actually further muddy the Matrix universe, rather than make it more straightforward.

While Reloaded as well as Revelations aren't the most beloved sequels, they do introduce many key elements to the franchise business as well as offer a lot of character development for Neo, in particular, that will be hard for Resurrections to ignore. Neo already looks different this time around, though, which is perhaps a further indication that The Matrix Resurrections will be a significant departure from the world set out in the original trilogy. Either way, it's clear that completely neglecting 2-thirds of the original trilogy will make things much more complicated than they need to be.

Morpheus has been recast in The Matrix Resurrections with Yahya Abdul-Mateen II replacing Laurence Fishburne, but that doesn't mean he can't appear.

Laurence Fishburne isn't playing Morpheus in The Matrix Resurrections, with the role officially recast, but that doesn't mean he can't still appear. The Matrix 4 is bringing back characters and actors from the original trilogy, most notably Keanu Reeves as Neo and Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity. Morpheus was the third part of that central triumvirate of heroes who fought back against the Machines, and while he will appear once again in Resurrections, he won't be played by Fishburne.

Instead, as had been rumored ever since his casting was announced, Yahya Abduel-Mateen II is playing Morpheus in The Matrix 4. The exact reasons for this haven't been revealed; Fishburne has simply said previously that he wasn't asked to come back and has denied any involvement. That suggests there's a key story reason for the recast, likely necessitated by the need to see a young Morpheus in the movie, which stands in contrast to Neo and Trinity's returns. Still, even with young Morpheus appearing, does that – and the actor's own comments – fully rule out a role for Fishburne?

There are a couple of ways Fishburne might still appear in The Matrix Resurrections, even if it's just for a small, crowd-pleasing cameo, and despite him saying otherwise (which is par for the course with such movie surprises). Abdul-Mateen II is playing Morpheus, but what's not clear is whether this is the same version viewers saw in the original trilogy, or a new take to fit with an apparent new cycle of the Matrix. Similarly, there's also a fair question of just when this Morpheus exists, and how his Matrix timeline coincides with Neo's. On both fronts, there's a possibility to engineer it so that Fishburne's Morpheus technically still exists, either as a previous version who could be restored and brought back – because little ever seems to be truly dead or deleted in the Matrix – or that the movie will be utilizing time travel in some way, opening the door for his Morpheus to be the present day or much more “real” version of the character.

It seems clear that Abdul-Mateen is very much taking on the same role Morpheus had in the original movie, as he gives Neo the red pill as well as trains with him at the dojo, bringing out the powers of The One. But there may be more to it: one shot in the first The Matrix 4 trailer has him dressed as an Agent, and another has him looking in a mirror, surprised to see it ripple when he touches it, implying that there'll be at least a small part of his origin and seeing Morpheus before he was freed from the Machines. If that is the case, then the look into his past could also mean a glimpse of his future, perhaps revealing what has happened to the older Morpheus and why he isn't back alongside Trinity and Neo.

Of course, Fishburne could also return in a small role as a different character, because the nature of the Matrix would allow for that to happen. That would give him a part without stepping on Abdul-Mateen's toes as Morpheus, though may also be too confusing for viewers or simply underwhelming, because to lots of Fishburne is Morpheus. There's no question that Abdul-Mateen is an ideal choice to play a young Morpheus, and it's exciting to think of what he'll bring to the role. Similarly, there's no suggestion of a Fishburne return, though it cannot be ruled out either. To see Fishburne back, even just for a moment, could help seal the feeling of the Matrix franchise business truly being alive again as well as give his take on the personality an appropriate send-off, while still having area for The Matrix Resurrections to pass the baton on too.

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