Why Is The Matrix 5 Happening Just 3 Years After Resurrections’ Failure?

Despite The Matrix Resurrections’ commercial failure, Warner Bros. is moving forward with The Matrix 5, only three years after its predecessor’s shortcomings. Warner Bros. has announced that The Matrix 5 will take place without the Wachowskis’ involvement, and while no plot details are available, this presents an opportunity for the sequel to take the franchise in an interesting direction. Following The Matrix Resurrections’ mixed reviews, a fifth installment in the franchise could learn from its mistakes and provide a viewing experience similar to 1999’s The Matrix.

Furthermore, The Matrix 5 can answer many of the unanswered questions from the franchise’s long history, potentially tying up any loose ends while also setting the stage for new and exciting mysteries. While The Marix Resurrections did not live up to its predecessors’ expectations, a fifth film makes sense given the possibility of new and returning characters, as well as explorations of even more thought-provoking themes and philosophical ideas. While it is still in development, The Matrix 5’s release three years after The Matrix Resurrections is fantastic news.

Despite the failure of resurrections, The Matrix Is Still A Powerful IP

When The Matrix debuted in theaters in 1999, it set a new standard for blockbuster filmmaking with its depictions of action, explorations of life-changing philosophies, and innovative special effects. While neither The Matrix Reloaded nor The Matrix Resurrections lived up to The Matrix’s expectations, their box-office success demonstrated the importance of The Matrix IP at the time. Supplementary materials such as The Animatrix, Enter The Matrix, The Matrix Online, and The Matrix: Path of Neo furthered The Matrix’s legacy.

The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Resurrections remain excellent examples of creative filmmaking and thought-provoking storytelling. Even if the latter two films are more difficult to follow, they still feel like part of the same franchise, and the quality of action in both sequels should not be overlooked. The Animatrix and subsequent video game releases also contribute to expanding the lore of The Matrix in ways that the films could not due to time constraints. While The Matrix Resurrections was the next installment in the franchise, it didn’t feel like it.

The Matrix Resurrections was not a true Matrix movie.

Despite being the sequel to 2003’s The Matrix Revolutions, The Matrix Resurrections fell short of what fans of the franchise expected. While Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss’ return as Neo and Trinity was enjoyable, their portrayal was completely off. Although Laurence Fishburn’s Morpheus could not reprise his role after his character died in The Matrix Online, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II was not a suitable replacement. Most importantly, The Matrix Resurrections featured only Lana Wachowski, making the film feel noticeably less interesting than previous installments.

Lana and Lilly’s creative collaboration is arguably the most important reason why the previous entries in the franchise are as successful as they are. Despite their flaws, they feel like the Wachowskis took the time to make each film unique and thought-provoking. The Matrix Resurrections felt more like a meta parody than a proper sequel, which is one of the main reasons it ended up feeling like a major letdown. In addition to an overreliance on references to previous films and meta jokes, The Matrix Resurrections failed due to a variety of factors.

COVID and its streaming release had an impact on the box office for The Matrix Resurrections.

The Matrix Resurrections’ wide theatrical release was scheduled for December 22, 2021, and while COVID-19 restrictions were less stringent than they were in 2020, many people were wary. As a result, despite a $190 million budget, The Matrix Resurrections only earned $159.2 million in revenue. Furthermore, with The Matrix Resurrections also available for streaming on Max, most people chose to watch the film at home. While the convenience of watching a movie at home is an underappreciated benefit of streaming, it does not compare to the theatrical experience.

Furthermore, because people choose to watch The Matrix Resurrections at home, negative word of mouth spreads much faster, as people can get a second-hand opinion from friends and family much sooner than waiting until the weekend. The general consensus on The Matrix Resurrections was that it was a serviceable film but not nearly as compelling as previous installments. With The Matrix 5 on the way, it will be able to learn from the mistakes made in The Matrix Resurrections, effectively positioning it as the definitive sequel that audiences did not receive three years ago.

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