Soundtracked to Jefferson Airplane’s White Rabbit, the first thrilling full trailer for The Matrix Resurrections has just dropped—and it’s so very hype-inducing, you might need to pop a blue pill just to calm down.
You’ve got questions, and internet commenters have been spewing out opinions ever since the trailer premiered. So here’s a guide to what fans are saying, and what we might expect from the fourth mystical, binary-breaking Matrix movie.
1. So…does it look good?
Wow. Yeah, the #Matrix 4 trailer absolutely rules.
— Jenna Anderson (@heyitsjennalynn) September 9, 2021
I didn’t know what I wanted from this.
But this is what I wanted.
– Hilluminati (@bryanedwardhill) September 9, 2021
Speaking generally, commenters that jumped to watch this first trailer had overwhelmingly positive reactions. Maybe retaining Keanu’s beloved long locks from John Wick just keeps the internet happy.
So Keanu’s look in the Matrix 4 is “John Wick…but in the matrix”?
To that, I say hell yea pic.twitter.com/3m7J5LqgAk
— Kenjac (@JackKennedy) September 7, 2021
Of course there are outliers who worry that Matrix 4 could be another mere meta-textual cash-in. And there’s been some gripes about missing cast members—more on that below.
I did not like the Matrix 4 trailer https://t.co/vbsUluhxU1 pic.twitter.com/cB5mPs1Ekd
— Kenjac (@JackKennedy) September 9, 2021
I already got dreadful vibes and feel like the movie may end up going down the path of The Last Jedi.
— AraMishmish (@AraMishmish) September 8, 2021
No Morpheus. No Agent Smith. Downing more bluepills than an RNC convention. Matrix trailer looks awful.
– Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) September 9, 2021
2. It’s not very ‘Matrix Green’, is it?
Appreciating #TheMatrixResurrections color palette
— Fandom (@getFANDOM) September 9, 2021
When you try to mentally envisage the Wachowski sisters’ existing Matrix films, a certain colour palette probably washes into your memory: a distinctly millennium-era, digital shade of green, with slick black leather accents for contrast. Fans are surprised and excited that The Matrix Resurrections has gone with a brighter, less monochrome aesthetic, bringing in a bold new primary look.
the richness of color, the deliberate and evocative framing, and from what we can see so far, action scenes that feel very physical. the matrix is imo the ideal philosophical action movie, and it feels incredible to see it return.
— Gita Jackson (@xoxogossipgita) September 9, 2021
3. Where are Morpheus and Agent Smith?
We loved seeing Neo and Trinity once again—even if they seemingly remember nothing about each other—but Laurence Fishburne’s mentor Morpheus and the evil Agent Smith, played so slimily by Hugo Weaving, are nowhere to be seen in the film’s official cast.
I’ve got such unfounded and unsupported faith that Fishburne is still going to show up and honestly that is pretty Morpheus of me
— Columbo’s Fake Wife (@SlayerofCis) September 9, 2021
However. Watchmen and Candyman star Yahya Abdul-Mateen shows up a lot in The Matrix Resurrections first trailer; borrowing Fishburne’s signature tiny glasses and also basically confirming on his Instagram that he’s playing some rejuvenated version of the character.
yahya adbul is everywhere. he’s going to kill it as a young, reincarnated morpheus. pic.twitter.com/66ICVtl8ja
— andrew (@pennyheartaway) September 9, 2021
Yahya looks terrific, but we all know who shoulda been cast as Morpheus :/
Matrix 4 looks sick pic.twitter.com/eaYqu1TutV
— Keifer (@DannyVegito) September 7, 2021
4. Who are all these new people?
Early conversation around The Matrix Resurrections has already resulted in some juicy fan theories. Could the fourth movie’s original characters be reincarnated/reprogrammed versions of Trinity, Neo, Agent Smith? Both Neil Patrick Harris and Jonathon Groff appear as sinister, talky suits, giving strong Agent Smith vibes…
Choosing to believe that the new MATRIX is about trying to find the right gay therapist pic.twitter.com/1FJDpAkdCp
— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) September 9, 2021
British Love and Monsters star Jessica Henwick might inherit Carrie-Anne Moss’s character of Trinity, plonking an action queen crown on that blue head…
Jessica Henwick with blue hair in matrix might just be the peak of humanity pic.twitter.com/K62EkkGu0n
— ⪽ (@bradstra) September 9, 2021
…and Priyanka Chopra shows up rocking a pair of square-rimmed glasses that strongly reminded commenters of the first film’s serene Oracle.
Gloria Foster, who played The oracle in the Matrix movies, and Priyanka Chopra who is The oracle in the Matrix 4, I’d say the Wachowskis couldn’t have done better#TheMatrixResurrections#TheMatrix# TheMatrix4 pic.twitter.com/EbbAgDq25w
— Ozymandias (@mak0rifreddy) September 9, 2021
5. Is that…Keanu with a rubber ducky on his head?
fine I’m in https://t.co/gVQx2HykP4 pic.twitter.com/BUKDF45eQt
— Hannah M (@mcshannnah) September 9, 2021
Yeah. Maybe all it takes to break the internet and face the modern world through the subversive lens of The Matrix, is a universally beloved star balancing a plastic duck on his head. But how will The Matrix Resurrections adapt to 2021’s even more complex, insidious symbiosis of man and tech?
If it’s good, great! If it’s bad, at least it’ll be wholly unique and unlike any other recent movie. https://t.co/LG0OO7fyFA
— Brandon Katz (@Great_Katzby) September 9, 2021
The Matrix Resurrections is Neo fighting NFTs and Cryptocurrency.
– Tamoor Hussain (@tamoorh) September 9, 2021
The answer is: with style. Uploaded to cinemas here on January 1, 2022, The Matrix Resurrections now has an even huger mountain of hype to overcome, but we’ve got faith that Lana Wachowski, directing solo for the first time, will kill it.
— Decider (@decider) September 9, 2021