With the release of The Matrix Revolutions in 2003, the franchise that launched the new millennium has returned with its first sequel in over two decades. As far back as late 2021, WarnerMedia planned to launch The Matrix Resurrections (Matrix 4) on HBO Max and in theatres at the same time.
Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprised their roles as the film’s stars. Lana Wachowski is back in the director’s chair, too. The original trilogy was written and directed by Lana and Lilly.
A viewing order guide for the full Matrix series is here to help you get up to speed on the various films and animated shorts.
We’ve also arranged them in chronological order so that you can keep track of what’s going on as it happens. Because the release dates are listed in chronological sequence, it should be evident which animated shorts go where, but we’ll point you in the appropriate direction because the shorts don’t include their numbers in the titles. You may access a spoiler-free version of our instructions at the bottom of this page.
The Matrix Movies in Chronological Order
- The Animatrix: Second Renaissance
- The Animatrix: A Detective Story
- The Matrix
- The Animatrix: A Kid’s Story
- The Animatrix: Final Flight of the Osiris
- The Matrix Reloaded
- The Matrix Revolutions
- The Animatrix: Beyond
- The Matrix Resurrections
- The Animatrix: Program
- The Animatrix: World Record
- The Animatrix: Matriculated
How to watch the Matrix movies in order
It’s a Matrix (31st March 1999)
The Matrix was the first film to introduce us to our favorite characters, including Neo, Trinity, and Morpheus.
After encountering the enigmatic Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) and her superior Morpheus (Keanu Reeves), Thomas A. Anderson (Keanu Reeves) begins to realize that the world he inhabits is not what it appears and embarks on a profound voyage of self-discovery (Laurence Fishburne).
The Reloaded Matrix (15th May 2003)
As Morpheus seeks to devise a strategy for the human race to save Zion from the approaching machines, Neo and Trinity have been in a committed relationship for six months since the events of the first film. During Smith’s interaction with Neo in the Matrix, he gains strength and power.
The cliffhanger at the end of the first film sets up the sequel, The Matrix Revolutions, which came out the following year.
The Animatrix is the name of the game (3rd June 2003)
The direct-to-home distribution of a compilation of adult animated short films. A total of nine new stories were added to the Matrix canon in The Animatrix.
Before, during, and after the original live-action trilogy of films, these stories were told.
There is a Revolution in the Matrix (5th November 2003)
Following on from the events of The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions completes the trilogy.
Zion is in peril from the machines, but Neo goes to great lengths to face them because they have a common foe in the form of Smith, who is growing in power and influence.
Resurrections of the Matrix (22nd December 2021)
Matrix: Reloaded is set 20 years after the events of the first film and will be released in the summer of 2016.
As he recalls what occurred to himself, Trinity, and Morpheus after the end of the conflict with the machines, Thomas A. Anderson discovers that his reality is not what it seems. Will Neo and Trinity ever be reunited?