Keanu Reeves’ Neo is back in
The film’s first trailer, and the actor himself—want us to believe Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is playing a younger version of Morpheus. But is that really Morpheus in a different body in
Morpheus Before Neo: Morpheus’ Escape From the Matrix & Early Life
Like Neo, the original Morpheus began his conscious life in the Matrix. His physical body served as a battery for the machines. But how did Morpheus wake up and escape the Matrix? Just as he freed Neo from his prison, someone freed Morpheus from his. Unlike the adult Neo though, Morpheus was a young child when he joined the real world.
He grew up in Zion. There he joined the Resistance to fight back against the machines. Eventually, he became captain of the
The Canonical Death of Morpheus: Has Morpheus Died in
The Matrix Franchise?
Both Reeve’s Neo and Moss’s Trinity died at the end of
The Wachowski sisters gave their approval for
But the only thing more shocking than learning Morpheus officially died in
If Morpheus died like that in a films, fans of the franchise would, fittingly, still be angry online.
There is some debate as to whether or not Morpheus truly met his end in the game though.
Morpheus’ body was never found. And some dialogue suggests his virtual killer was merely making it impossible for Morpheus to come back into the Matrix, a different ending than death. Whatever the truth, Morpheus never appeared again. Not until
Matrix Resurrections’New Morpheus Really Morpheus?
As though there could be any doubt we should accept this character as the former captain of the
That might be exactly who he is. The same Morpheus we knew before, just in a different body. There’s already an established precedent for this type of transformation in the franchise. Following the death of Gloria Foster, Mary Alice was cast as the Oracle in
The Oracle was a program though, not a human. Changing her appearance would seemingly be a much easier task than it would be for a person. But humans merely exist as projections of themselves in the Matrix. They can have different haircuts and physical traits. Why couldn’t Morpheus hide himself inside the Matrix with a different body? (His virtual “death” in the online game would explain exactly why this would be necessary.)
It’s also possible someone (or something) uploaded Morpheus’s mind to the Matrix via another body in
The trailer itself might have shown exactly this happening. It shows machines caring for Neo’s old body, the one with the burnt-out eyes. Yet later we see a new Neo body—with eyes intact—breaking free of the machine world. There’s a lot we don’t know about how clones, like the previous iterations of Neo who served as “The One” before him, get made. But it appears possible to transfer human minds from one body to another inside The Matrix.
The question is not whether the Morpheus we once knew could return with a new body in
Is It Morpheus or a Manipulating Mimic in the
What if that’s not the same character in a different body? If that’s the case, who or what Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is really playing won’t be as important as who or what wants Neo to think he’s Morpheus. The film’s first trailer is full of callbacks to the original film. Signs and events Neo doesn’t remember, but all of them played important roles in freeing him from the Matrix long ago. Blue pills and red pills. White rabbits and
If you wanted to fool Neo into trusting you—to possibly do your bidding—appealing to those important memories lost deep in his mind would be a good way to manipulate him. Tasty breadcrumbs he instinctively knows once led to love. If you wanted to make sure Neo followed them, you’d want him to trust the person laying them down. And who would Neo trust more than Morpheus? He’s the person Neo followed down the rabbit hole before. Neo’s faith in Morpheus was absolute. A fact known by every machine and human who fought with and against both men before.
As of now, there’s no reason to believe Laurence Fishburne’s Morpheus will appear in