For one, it seems that Neo (Keanu Reeves) will have forgotten who he is when we reunite with him in the fourth movie. That might not be a surprise since the last time we saw him, Neo was seemingly dead.
He's living his life back as Thomas Anderson in the Matrix, but he seems to know that not everything is right. Thomas/Neo is chatting to his therapist (Neil Patrick Harris) about dreams that feel real, including seeing green code around.
"Am I crazy?," he asks his therapist, before we also see Neo meet Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) in a coffee shop, only to not recognise her. Thomas/Neo has been taking blue pills, which can't be a good sign – but what's actually happening with him?
We can't say we have any concrete details right now, but that doesn't stop us delving into the trailer to speculate.
Luckily for Thomas/Neo, he soon meets Yahya Abdul-Mateen II's character, who looks a lot like Morpheus, but might not actually be Morpheus. (But probably is, let's be honest.)
He offers him a red pill which Thomas takes, before Jessica Henwick's character (who has a tattoo of a rabbit) takes him through a mirror: "If you want the truth Neo, you're going to have to follow me."
If this sounds familiar, that's because it really is. Along with other scenes in the trailer, such as Neo fighting 'Morpheus' in the dojo and a shoot-out in an office lobby, it really feels like The Matrix Resurrections is redoing The Matrix.
That's not to say it's a reboot/remake, but perhaps the replication is a key part of the plot. It could all be to make Neo remember who he really is or it could just be a sign that we're now in the seventh (or later) iteration of the Matrix, and the loop has started again.
While Neo appeared to die in The Matrix Revolutions when he sacrificed himself to delete Agent Smith once and for all, there's a chance that he wasn't as dead as we thought. We saw the machines take him away, but maybe – like Cypher hoped to do – he could be plugged back into the Matrix, saving his life.
But if Neo was just plugged into the Matrix and this movie takes place years later as he remembers who he is, how does that explain Trinity's return? She was killed in the real world, not the Matrix, and it felt like there was no return for her.
The fact that Trinity is back suggests that we could be looking at the next iteration of the Matrix, with all the characters going through the same routine again.
There's always the clone option – that it's not actually our Trinity we're looking at but a clone created by the machines for a certain purpose. What could that purpose be? Who knows? Maybe it's to draw Neo back out and stop The One in this iteration, or maybe it's to ensure that things play out as they should.
"The only thing that matters to you is still here, you'll never give up," Abdul-Mateen II's character says to Neo. The thing that matters to Neo seems to be Trinity and maybe part of the inevitable loop is the fact that he'll always be drawn back to her?
Jonathan Groff's mysterious character ends the trailer by telling Thomas/Neo that he's "going back to where it all started, back to the Matrix". Combined with the retreads of iconic scenes from The Matrix, it feels right now that another loop is the most obvious explanation to why Thomas has to remember he's Neo again.
That would mean that despite Neo's sacrifice in The Matrix Revolutions, it was all for nothing. Not only would that make the sequels a bit meaningless, it also just feels too simple for a Matrix movie.
It's more likely that there's some trippy meta angle to Neo and Trinity's resurrections or some other major twist that, understandably, hasn't been shown in the trailer. After all, we also see a black cat early on in the trailer, which we all know is a hint there's a glitch in the Matrix.
Nothing is ever exactly as it seems in the world of the Matrix – and we wouldn't have it any other way.
The Matrix Resurrections is released in cinemas on December 22. It will also be available to watch on HBO Max in the US from the same day.
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