A New HBO Max Promo May Have Solved a Key ‘Matrix Resurrections’ Mystery

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Photo credit: Warner Bros.

We might have finally seen a trailer for The Matrix Resurrections, but we'd be lying if we said every mystery about the new Matrix movie has been solved.

If anything, the excellent first trailer raised more questions than it answered, such as how Neo and Trinity are back after their supposed deaths in the original trilogy, why Morpheus is now played by somebody new, and many more besides.

We probably won't get any definitive answers until the movie is released in December and it'll be a while until we see a new trailer too. However, in a new HBO Max promo trailer, we get a glimpse of The Matrix Resurrections that's largely made up of the footage we've seen.

One slightly extended moment though could give us a clearer indication of exactly how Neo has returned from the dead.

Photo credit: Warner Bros.
Photo credit: Warner Bros.

Around 46 seconds into the HBO Max promo, we see some now-familiar snippets of the new movie, including Neo taking the red pill and battling Morpheus in the dojo.

We also see somebody plugged into the Matrix, and while it's a beat from the trailer, it's a (slightly) clearer look. Now, of course, it could actually be almost anybody in the cast, but from this newer look, it sure looks like the familiar figure of Keanu Reeves's Neo.

We knew from set photos that Reeves sported a buzzcut during filming, so it wouldn't be a surprise for the movie to feature Neo outside of the Matrix. But if it is Neo, what difference does this make?

Photo credit: Warner Bros.
Photo credit: Warner Bros.

Going back to the original movie, Cypher made a deal with Agent Smith to betray Morpheus in return for being plugged back into the Matrix.

"I know that this steak doesn't exist. I know when I put it in my mouth, the Matrix is telling my brain that it is juicy and delicious. After nine years, do you know what I've realized? Ignorance is bliss," he tells Agent Smith.

"I don't want to remember nothing... You get my body back in a power plant, reinsert me into the Matrix and I'll get you what you want."

Agent Smith agrees to Cypher's terms and while we do have to assume that he's telling the truth (because he might not be), that would mean the machines have a way to plug humans back into the Matrix, even after they've seen the truth. What's more, they can wipe memories once the human is plugged back in.

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Photo credit: Warner Bros.

What if the machines did just that to Neo? After he sacrifices himself to get rid of Agent Smith in The Matrix Revolutions, we saw the machines take away Neo's body and that was the last we saw of him.

Perhaps in order to resurrect him or to save his life if Neo wasn't actually dead, they plugged him back into the Matrix. Whether intended by the machines or not, it could explain his memory loss and why we see him taking the blue pill in the first trailer for the new movie.

A blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment in the same trailer could confirm they plug Neo back in.

When he's talking about having "dreams that weren't just dreams", we get a flash of Neo being worked on by the machines, with the burnt-out eyes from the end of the original trilogy.

Photo credit: Warner Bros.
Photo credit: Warner Bros.

Combined with the Neo-like figure plugged into the Matrix that we see, it could well be the result of whatever the machines did to Neo post-Revolutions. The question would then be if it kicked off a new iteration of the Matrix or if it's just an extended version of the one we know.

Equally, it could all be a clever marketing misdirect and the answer is something we've not even considered yet. In the world of the Matrix, the answers could literally be anything.

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