Top 10 Things We Want to See in the Upcoming Matrix Movies
Looks like our robot overlords were just taking a break! “The Matrix” has been Reloaded, survived Revolutions (barely), and is finally set to be revived! The first new Matrix movie is in the capable hands of screenwriter Zak Penn, whose filmography includes “X-Men 2”, “Ready Player One”, and “The Avengers”. Here’s our wishlist for any sequels, prequels, or spin-offs set in the Wachowskis’ post-apocalyptic sci fi universe. What do YOU want to see in the new Matrix movies?
List rank and entries:
10) An R-Rating
9) Inception Within the ‘Matrix’
8) More About the Previous Versions of the ‘Matrix’ & ‘The One’
7) More of the ‘Matrix’
6) Trinity’s Origins
5) Easily Digestible Philosophy
4) A Better Look at Machine Civilization
3, 2 & 1: ?
The Matrix is a science fiction action media franchise created by the Wachowskis. The franchise follows a group of heroes who fight a desperate war against machine overlords that have enslaved humanity in an extremely sophisticated virtual reality system. The series is most notable for its use of slow motion, which revolutionized action films to come. The series began with the feature film The Matrix (1999), and continued with two sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions (both 2003), all written and directed by the Wachowskis and produced by Joel Silver. The franchise is owned by Warner Bros., which distributed the films along with Village Roadshow Pictures. The latter, along with Silver Pictures are the two production companies that worked on all three films.
The first film was an important critical and commercial success, winning four Academy Awards, introducing popular culture symbols such as the red pill and blue pill, and influencing action filmmaking. For those reasons it has been added to the National Film Registry for preservation. Its first sequel was an even bigger commercial success, becoming the highest-grossing R-rated film in history, a title which it held for 13 years, until it was surpassed by the film Deadpool.
The series features a cyberpunk story of the technological fall of man, in which a self-aware artificial intelligence has wiped out most of humanity, and the vast majority of the survivors are imprisoned in a virtual reality system to be farmed as a power source. Every now and then, some of these prisoners manage to break free from the system and, considered a threat, become pursued by the A.I. The story incorporates references to numerous philosophical and religious ideas. Influences include the principles of mythology, anime, and Hong Kong action films (particularly “heroic bloodshed” and martial arts movies). The movies deal with the dilemma of choice vs control, and the concepts of inter-dependency and love.
The characters and settings of the films are further explored in other media set in the same fictional universe, including animation, comics, and video games. The comic “Bits and Pieces of Information” and The Animatrix short film “The Second Renaissance” act as prequels to the films, explaining how the franchise’s setting came to be. The video game Enter the Matrix connects the story of the Animatrix short “Final Flight of the Osiris” with the events of Reloaded, while the video game The Matrix Online is a direct sequel to Revolutions. As of February 2016, the franchise has generated $3 billion in revenue. In March 2017, it was reported that Warner Bros. was in early stages of developing a relaunch of the franchise with new films.