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When is The Matrix 4 out? Release date, cast, plot, delays

Published: 18/Nov/2020 16:51

by Daniel Megarry

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A fourth installment in the Wachowski sibling’s sci-fi epic The Matrix is set to hit cinemas in 2021. Here’s everything we know so far.

Despite the third movie in the Matrix franchise, Revolutions, ending with Neo’s apparent death, the character will be returning alongside partner Trinity for another round of reality-bending action in Lana Wachowski’s The Matrix 4.

We’ve scoured the internet for every bit of information we can find on the upcoming sequel, including a release date, news on any delays, the familiar faces you can expect to see return to the big screen, and speculation over what might happen.

The Matrix 4 release date: When is it out?

The Matrix 4 was announced in December 2019, with an original release date of May 20, 2021. Like many other big-name movies, production on the movie was put on hold by the ongoing global health crisis, and a new April 1, 2022 release date was announced.

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The Matrix 4 was first delayed to 2022, and later brought forward to 2021

However, in unexpected (but very welcome) news, the movie has now been brought forward and will once again arrive in 2021. It’s now anticipated that the movie will drop on December 22, 2021, as long as everything goes to plan.

Keep your fingers crossed. We will be.

The Matrix 4 cast: Who will star in it?

Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss will both reprise their roles as cinema’s iconic duo Neo and Trinity. They’ll reunite with original Matrix writer and director Lana Wachowski, although her sister Lilly won’t be part of this sequel.

Starring alongside Reeves and Moss will be Aquaman actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who will play a “lead role” in the movie. There’s no word on who his character will be, but it’s been heavily speculated by fans that he will portray a young Morpheus.

Aquaman Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in Aquaman
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Aquaman star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will play a “lead role” in The Matrix 4

Also joining the cast is How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris. Like Abdul-Mateen II, there’s no confirmation of who he’ll play, but his character is said to be “significant”.

Fans of Netflix’s canceled sci-fi series Sense8 will be glad to hear that Brian J Smith, Toby Onwumere, and Eréndira Ibarra have all joined the movie. Other additions include Jonathan Groff, Stephen Graham, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Ellen Hollman and Andrew Caldwell.

One person who won’t be starring in the fourth installment is Hugo Weaving, who played Agent Smith in the original trilogy. He was involved in an early cast reading, but a prior commitment ultimately meant he couldn’t appear in the movie.

The Matrix 4 plot: What will happen?

Details surrounding the storyline of the upcoming sequel movie are, understandably, being kept secure under lock and key for now.

Keanu Reeves has dropped some teasers, though. During an appearance on The One Show, he said the movie has “a beautiful script that is a love story, it’s inspiring”. He added that it’s “another version of a kind of call to wake up and it has some great action. All will be revealed.”

Trinity and Neo in The Matrix
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Keanu Reeves says Matrix 4 will be a “beautiful love story”

Any speculation that the movie could be a prequel or travel back in time in some way has also been dashed, with Reeves confirming, “No going in the past”.

This seems to disprove the theory that Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will star as a young Morpheus, although that character could still appear in some form. It wouldn’t be too much of a stretch in a franchise that’s made a name for itself by bending reality.

With Lana Wachowski recently adding validity to theories that the original Matrix trilogy was an allegory for being trans – of which both Wachowski siblings have first-hand experience – it will be interesting to see if this is explored further in The Matrix 4.

The Matrix 4 trailer: Is there any footage yet?

There’s no sign of a trailer yet, as the movie hasn’t finished production. It’s likely that we’ll get our first glimpse of action in early 2021, but keep an eye here and we’ll keep you updated when that happens.

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Bizarre Pokemon Journeys episode goes viral for “cruel” Blaziken scene

Published: 2/Dec/2020 0:57

by Brent Koepp

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A November episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime went viral after fans discovered it included a bizarre scene featuring Blaziken. The strange sequences force the Gen III ‘mon into a “cruel” situation that has left some viewers disturbed.

Pokemon Journeys made its debut in Japan in November 2019. The latest anime in the long-running series follows protagonist Ash Ketchum and new character Goh as they travel across the game’s eight regions.

An episode that aired in November 2020 has made waves online after a scene featuring a bizarre food contest went viral. Fans of the Nintendo property were left unsettled after a Blaziken is forced to eat his own species – well, sort of.

Screenshot from Pokemon Journeys anime.
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The Pokemon Journeys episode featured unusual food in it.

Bizarre Pokemon Journeys scene goes viral

In the November 27 episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime, Ash and Goh both participate in an eating contest. The competition has Trainers seeing whose ‘mon can consume the most food in the shortest time possible.

However, things took a cruel turn when the final dish served was a cuisine in the shape of Torchic. Blaziken’s appetite quickly turned sour at the thought of eating something shaped like his own species.

The Gen III character then stood up and quit the contest after shedding a tear. The incredibly strange cannibalism-like dilemma went viral after being uploaded to Reddit on November 30.

Blaziken was dominating the food eating contest but then.. from pokemon

While the Torchic are technically a dessert item, the scene left some fans feeling disturbed or sympathetic towards the Pokemon’s plight. “I feel you Blaziken, being forced to eat your kind is cruel,” one fan wrote. Another user exclaimed “Who’s the sick b****rd that decided to try to make a Blaziken eat Torchics?”

Pokemon fans react to the disturbing anime scene on Reddit.

Despite only having aired in Japan, the scene quickly spread online as the community found it both be hilarious and creepy. Popular artist ‘popemadara‘ made a comedic drawing that went viral on Twitter that depicts other Pokemon in the same dilemma as Blaziken.

While it’s true that people eat human-shaped edibles called gingerbread men, the Torchic food item was disturbingly detailed. If nothing else, the situation showed that the Fire-type monster has a softer side.

Pokemon Journeys is currently still airing in Japan, however North American viewers can catch the first half of the series now on Netflix which is broken up into Part 1 and 2.