Rumored ‘The Matrix 4’ Title Is Perfect for Keanu Reeves’ Return

The Matrix changed the cinematic landscape forever. But even Lana and Lilly Wachowski’s 2003 sequels couldn’t live up to expectations. So fans were understandably curious when The Matrix 4 was announced. But the rumored The Matrix 4 title could be the perfect segue. After all, Keanu Reeves is set to return as Neo in the 2021 release.

Carrie-Anne Moss and Keanu Reeves at a press conference for 'The Matrix Revolutions'
Carrie-Anne Moss and Keanu Reeves at a press conference for ‘The Matrix Revolutions’ | Gregg DeGuire/WireImage

Neo and Trinity both died in ‘The Matrix Revolutions’

By any measure, The Matrix Revolutions proved to be underwhelming. Critics were mixed-to-negative on the finale of The Matrix trilogy. And its $139 million domestic box office gross — against a $150 million production budget — certainly didn’t bode well. So chances of The Matrix 4 certainly seemed slim. Besides, the two main heroes saw their stories come to a close.

Neo (Reeves) and Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) die in The Matrix Revolutions. Trinity is fatally injured when she and Neo crash their ship in the Machine City. Meanwhile, Neo gives his life in order to defeat the virus Smith (Hugo Weaving) and establish peace with the machines. Yet, both Reeves and Moss were among the announced cast for The Matrix 4. So what gives?

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Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss return in ‘The Matrix 4’

Reeves has previously teased what fans can expect from The Matrix 4. With only Lana Wachowski returning to direct, she, David Mitchell, and Aleksander Hemon are writing the screenplay. The plot has remained a complete mystery thus far. But fans know Jada Pinkett Smith, Lambert Wilson and Daniel Bernhardt are also onboard to reprise their roles.

Reeves has called The Matrix 4 a love story. Unless this is misdirection, it’s likely Neo and Trinity’s romance lies at the heart of the movie. Their bond has always been the hinge of the series. After all, it’s what saves Neo at the end of the first film, drives his confrontation with The Architect (Helmut Bakaitis) in the second, and ultimately leads both heroes to their fate.

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The film’s rumored title hints at their characters’ roles

The Matrix 4 is set for simultaneous release in theaters and HBO Max on Dec. 22, 2021. Fans, of course, are eager for any scrap of information. The movie still doesn’t have an official title. Fueled by an HBO Max promo, some reports claimed the title could simply be Matrix. But a new contender has emerged for the upcoming movie.

According to NerdingReviews, The Matrix 4 could be titled The Matrix Resurrections. This title would fit with previous sequel titles as well as Reeves’ own hints about Neo’s return. In any case, Warner Bros. has not officially titled the movie. However, a visit to MatrixResurrection.com does lead to a Warner Bros. landing page, which might indicate a connection.