As you’ve no doubt noticed given that it has been blowing up online from the second it touched down on the internet, the first trailer for The Matrix: Resurrections arrived earlier today. It looks like a visually dazzling, thematically interesting and action-packed fourth installment, so let’s cross our fingers in the hopes that the long-awaited sequel is more like the original and a lot less like Reloaded and Revolutions.
You can imagine the sheer volume of fan theories set to spring up over the coming days, but one rumor that looks to be confirmed is Aquaman star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II playing a young version of Morpheus. The 35-year-old is one of the industry’s fastest-rising talents with a massive future, but as you can see from the reactions below, fans are not pleased that Laurence Fishburne isn’t involved.
Of course, the actor revealed a long time ago that the reason he isn’t part of The Matrix: Resurrections is because he wasn’t invited, but at least we’ll get to see him re-team with Keanu Reeves in next summer’s John Wick: Chapter 4. Skewing younger with Morpheus will have a massive bearing on the plot, otherwise, they’d have just brought Fishburne back, and it’ll be interesting to see how it all ties together.
Regardless, there’s plenty to love about The Matrix: Resurrections footage, and after so much radio silence it’s a relief to see the marketing campaign explode into life with just three months to go until the movie comes to theaters and HBO Max.