The Matrix 4 Finally Has A Title, Debuts First Footage

Lana Wachowski's The Matrix 4 has been an extreme mystery for quite a while now. The movie is set to be released this December, and yet the production has kept a tight lid on everything involved with the film – including the title. Well, now that period of being totally in the dark is over, as Warner Bros. has revealed that the next chapter in the Matrix series will be titled The Matrix Resurrections.

As you probably noticed, the title very much fits in with the titling of the previous sequels – namely The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. The title was revealed during the Warner Bros presentation at CinemaCon, but that wasn't all, as the movie also revealed debut footage giving the crowd in the Colosseum at Caesar's Palace that gave us a brief sense of what to expect from the plot.

It's not clear if the footage shown is going to be released online (hopefully it will be), but it begins with Keanu Reeves' Neo sitting in therapist's office speaking with his doctor (Neil Patrick Harris). He has been having strange dreams, and while he clearly doesn't know it, the audience is immediately aware that what he is dreaming about are his experiences from being the savior of humanity. Furthering this thread is a scene that sees him meet the woman formerly known as Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), and when they shake hands there is a sense of familiarity that strikes both of them. Unfortunately there wasn't much more plot than that delivered in the reel, but it gives the sense that our heroes are going to be rediscovering that the world as they know it isn't what it seems – starting with Neo dumping a bottle full of blue pills down a drain.

The footage also provided a peek at what seems like a new Morpheus (Yahya Abdul Mateen II) offering Neo a new choice between the red and blue pill – as well as a training session between the two men showing that the latter still has his powers. There is also a ridiculous amount of action involving numerous helicopters firing rockets across city streets, and Neo and Trinity leaping from the top of a skyscraper.

Hopefully it won't be too much longer until Warner Bros. releases the first look at The Matrix Resurrections online, but for now you should at the very least know that your anticipation is going to be rewarded with plenty of excitement when it does premiere.

The Matrix Resurrections will be going to theaters and HBO Max at the very end of this year, specifically on December 22, and you can discover all of the other titles set to arrive between now and then by heading over to our 2021 Movie Release Calendar.

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