The Matrix 4 Trailer Teasers Reveal a Big Morpheus Mystery.
What exactly is Morpheus’s problem? After spending the last day attempting to understand all of Warner Bros.’s new Matrix Resurrections teasers, that’s the question on fans’ minds.
Right now, if you go to WhatIsTheMatrix.com, you’ll be prompted to choose between the red and blue pills.
You’ll be treated to a teaser that varies slightly every time you view it, depending on the pill you select and the time of day you visit the site. According to EW, the video has 180,000 different versions.
The teasers include bits of footage from the upcoming film, including our first views at Neo and Trinity, as well as Jessica Henwick and Jonathan Groff’s characters.
The entire trailer will be released on Thursday at 9 a.m. ET. Most significantly, the teasers reveal Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s mystery man, a figure that resembles Morpheus in appearance and voice…
“Now is your chance to show us what you’re made of. In the teaser, Abdul-Mateen adds, “Right now you think it’s…” while repeating the time you’re viewing the video.
“However, nothing could be farther from the truth. It’s possible that today is the start of the rest of your life.
but if you want it, you’ll have to fight for it.”
The teasers include a few images of Abdul-character, Mateen who resembles Morpheus to a tee.
but there are also numerous sequences that suggest…well, that this couldn’t be farther from the truth.
But, before we get into the pictures, you may be asking why Abdul-Mateen, rather than Laurence Fishburne, seems to be playing Morpheus.
Despite Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss were recruited to return, along with Jada Pinkett Smith as Niobe, Lambert Wilson as The Merovingian.
and Daniel Bernhardt as Agent Johnson, Fishburne was not called back to reprise his famous role.
Mateen’s speculations have circulated that he’ll portray a younger Morpheus, which the teasers seem to corroborate, but things may not be as they seem.
The first image of the Abdul-Mateen persona in the teaser shows him gazing at himself in the mirror, condensation on the glass-like Matrix code (“digital rain”) falling over the mystery man’s face.
He stares attentively into the mirror, noting how when he touches it, the surface changes to a liquid.
on these teasers, there are more weird things happening with mirrors.
In other scenes, we see Neo taking blue pills in front of a mirror, but his image isn’t quite correct – it’s a much older guy gazing back at Reeves.
other scenes, we see hands reaching through mirrors, similar to when Neo touched the liquid glass shortly before waking up in the actual world in the first film.
So, what exactly is going on here? The scene’s green color indicates Abdul-presence Mateen’s within the simulation.
but based on his response to the mirror, he doesn’t seem to be aware that he’s in the Matrix. “Morpheus” seems startled by the malfunction, which Fishburne would have dealt with calmly in the original trilogy.
Gets this imply that the film follows Morpheus before he is unplugged? Is this film a sequel to Neo and Trinity’s tale, as well as a Morpheus origin story?
As we’ll see in the subsequent video, it doesn’t seem to be the case.
It’s possible that the setting of this film is less significant than the Matrix version in which it takes place.
In a previous post, I speculated that The Matrix Resurrections could be about a new version of the simulation, one in which certain events take place as they did in the original trilogy but with significant changes.
The Machines have developed many versions of the simulation, as the Architect once informed Neo in The Matrix Reloaded, changing elements as required to enhance the program and make humans more obedient.
It’s a never-ending cycle in which the heroes have attempted to rescue Zion from the Machines many times.
The Architect said that the One’s position isn’t simply a prophecy, an event predicted by the Oracle, but a role created by the Machines to resolve a software glitch.
The One’s job is to essentially reset the Matrix and restart the clock until the next “final fight.”
But, as we know from The Matrix Revolutions, Neo and his companions discovered a way to alter things, saving Zion from destruction and allowing other plugged-in people to exit the simulation if they so desired.
The most essential thing was that there was finally calm.
But how long did the cease-fire last? The term “Resurrections” implies that a new version of the Matrix has been released.
which would explain why events from the first film are repeating themselves, although in somewhat altered ways.
In the image above, for example, an older Neo is back in the sparring program with “Morpheus,” presumably honing their kung fu and jiu-jitsu skills.
The dojo seems to be similar, except Neo is dressed in black this time, while Adbul-Mateen is dressed in a red gi. This picture also serves as the strongest proof that Abdul-Mateen does indeed portray Morpheus and will lead Neo on this new journey.
However, things get more complex…
Later in the teasers, you can see what seems to be an Agent pursuing our protagonists through corridors that look very identical to the ones Neo went through right before his death and resurrection in the final act of the first film.
But this time, it’s Henwick’s blue-haired badass avoiding bullets, while Abdul-Mateen can be seen sprinting ahead.
sporting sunglasses that don’t resemble Fishburne’s Morpheus from the original trilogy.
(The screengrab makes it seem as though he’s wearing a second set of spectacles over his more conventional rimless pince-nez glasses.
but it may simply be the quality of the image.)
More significantly, “Morpheus” is dressed as an Agent in this scene. What exactly is going on here?
I’m not sure what to say. And this last picture just adds to the confusion.
Thousands of tiny particles are ejected by some kind of machine to create “Morpheus” in this image.
Are those tiny nanobots, like more evolved versions of the bug droids that made up Deus Ex Machina’s visage in The Matrix Revolutions? Is “Morpheus'” bizarre behavior due to the fact that he is a machine?
If accurate, it would be a fascinating twist.
What if Morpheus was a machine sleeper cell all along, simply another control system.
a “true believer” tasked with rallying Zion behind the One.
so that the Machines could more easily guide mankind through the loop that would ultimately lead to the city’s destruction?
Even for a Matrix film, it seems a tad far-fetched. Maybe this version of “Morpheus” is simply a machine, designed to kickstart Neo’s quest after another group kept him addicted to the blue pill for years.
What if this is a Matrix sequel in which Thomas Anderson was never given the opportunity to make a decision in 1999.
and has spent his whole life unaware of his real purpose? Perhaps the Machines themselves are attempting to awaken Neo in this scenario.
After all, the program won’t be able to continue if he doesn’t complete his trip.
When The Matrix Resurrections reaches cinemas on HBO Max on December 22, we’ll finally know what’s going on.