The Matrix Resurrections was recently released, and fans were taken back to the world of, well, The Matrix, where once again everyone is questioning their own reality in both a sci-fi and philosophical sense.
While the film received mixed reviews for its overtly and unnecessarily complex narrative even though it wasn’t necessary, fans of the franchise have nevertheless flocked to the theatres to experience a nostalgia-filled reboot/sequel.
The last film in the trilogy came out 18 years ago, and it is easy to forget the world, the characters, and the concepts depicted in these films. So if you’re a fan who wants to catch up with the entire franchise or a newbie who wants to know what the fuss is all about, here’s the best viewing order for The Matrix series, including movies and shorts.
The Matrix franchise includes 4 prominent live-action films, animated short films, and games that bring together the complex world of realities. While most people know about live-action movies, animated shorts and games create an engaging experience that takes us deeper into the world with impeccable writing.
Here’s how you can binge them all.
1. Release Order
- The Matrix ( March 1999) | Live-action film
- The Matrix Reloaded (May 2003) | Live-action film
- Enter The Matrix (May 2003) | Video game
- The Animatrix (June 2003) | Animated anthology series
- The Matrix Revolutions (November 2003) | Live-action film
- The matrix Online (April 2005) | Video game
- The Matrix: The Path of Neo (November 2005) | Video game
- The matrix: Resurrections (December 2021) | Live-action film
This release order includes the four films, the animated anthology series, and also the games. Each one of the live-action films, animated shorts, and also the games has tried to expand on the universe and give it more meaning in its own way. As a result, the timelines for all of these are quite muddled up.
What is fascinating is how the individual episodes from The Animatrix anthology series try to add more depth to the universe, but are not in the chronological order.
So if you choose to watch the franchise in the release order, you’d experience the world as a puzzle where random pieces start coming in together with no sequential order.
2. Chronological Watch Order
- The Animatrix: The Second Renaissance Part I and II
- The Animatrix: A Detective Story
- The Matrix
- The Animatrix: Kid’s Story
- The Animatrix: Final Flight of the Osiris
- Enter the Matrix
- The Matrix Reloaded
- The Matrix Revolutions
- The Matrix: Path of Neo
- The Matrix Online
- The Animatrix: Beyond
- The Matrix: Resurrections
- The Animatrix: World Record
- The Animatrix: Matriculated
- The Animatrix: Program
Besides these productions, there are certain events from games such as Enter the Matrix that overlap with the events of The Matrix and Final Flight of Osiris. However, in the chronological order, the entire world of The Matrix will unfold before you sequentially.
3. Runtime and Binge Duration
While the live-action films come up to a duration of 9 hours, The Animatrix series is 102 minutes long, which makes the complete franchise about 10 hours and 40 minutes long. You can either binge it in one go on the weekend or watch each film one day and watch the shorts in the middle according to the chronology.
4. Where Can I Watch The Matrix Series
The world of Matrix is quite complex and even mind-bending to a point where you can’t afford to miss even one thread from this yarn of a story. So the best way to watch and experience The Matrix franchise is by watching it in chronological watch order.
6. About The Matrix Franchise
The Matrix is an American media franchise consisting of four feature films, beginning with The Matrix (1999) and continuing with three sequels, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions (both 2003), and The Matrix Resurrections (2021). Besides these, the franchise also includes animated anthology and the games such as The Animatrix, Enter The Matrix, and The Matrix: Path of Neo