The most prominent absence of Matrix Resurrections is none other than that of the mythical Morfeo of the actor Laurence Fishburne, character who does not return with Neo and Trinity in charge of your regular interpreters, Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, respectively. But why doesn’t a figure as iconic as the original Morpheus return? The answer is found, apparently, in the video game The Matrix Online 2005, which, as with the rest of the products related to the Matrix universe, is part of the official canon.
Why isn’t Laurence Fishburne coming back?
In reality, the absence of Laurence Fishburne in the new installment of The Matrix was already confirmed with the announcement of the film in 2019, although the reason was never clear. Now has transcended that the real reason is the character’s death in the video game The Matrix Online for PC, an MMORPG from Monolith Productions that hit the market in 2005 and closed its doors in 2009. And, like so many other products in the Matrix universe (video games, animation or comics), they are part of the lore de Matrix, having its own impact on the main films.
In the video game, players entered the Matrix as humans fighting the machines in the city of Mega City, encountering characters such as The Oracle or Morpheus along the way. In one of the missions, Morpheus decides rebuild Neo’s virtual avatar, for which he will have to recover the corpse of the Chosen One from among the machines; that’s when Morpheus falls victim from a show called Murderer.
That is why Laurence Fishburne cannot regain her role for this forthcoming fourth installment; yes, instead it seems that we will see a young version of Morpheus played by the actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. Matrix Resurrections opens in theaters on December 17, 2021.
Source | Polygon