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Ok, I know it's not really a truce but after "The One" dies and the robots have given up fighting what happens? Are there works that showcase what happens after the last movie, Revolutions? Or is the end of Revolutions the last in-universe piece?

I know the Animatrix sort of gives us a nice background history of the world before The Matrix and why the Matrix was formed but what about the post-Matrix period? Do the robots and humans live in peace, etc?

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    Is "The One" really dead?
    – Darius
    May 10, 2011 at 14:23
  • Sorry if its a spoiler, but Neo dies... When they ejected him from the matrix, he did not rise again. Unless he is going to be recreated... or he is a part of the machine... I don't know which. May 10, 2011 at 14:54
  • Not really a spoiler for me since I've seen the movie, I was just throwing a question out there.....
    – Darius
    May 10, 2011 at 16:15
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    this question also stirs the pot on the debate of "was the real world real?"
    – Xantec
    May 10, 2011 at 16:39
  • Well, they made a MMORPG out of it, so the status quo will remain for a long time, so that the game world can exist as long as possible.
    – vsz
    Mar 1, 2012 at 7:14

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We now have a fully canon in-universe timeline, courtesy of The Matrix Resurrections, which takes place approximately 60 years after Neo's death. In brief;

  • A significant number of humans were released from the Matrix almost immediately.

  • Morpheus became head of the human council and worked with the machines on various peace accords.

  • As the power plants wound down (without human babies to replace the dead or released), there were scarcities of power. Factions within the Machines fought each other, initially for control of the remaining power plants and then by creating a smaller and more efficient version of the Matrix, one which contained Neo and Trinity and kept them physically close but separated within the Matrix itself.

  • Zion was destroyed during the machine wars.

  • General Niobe eventually rose to be (what appears to be) the sole authority in a newly formed city called Io

  • The new Matrix contained a game series called "The Matrix" which basically replayed the life of Neo and which pretty much everyone seems to have played. As a result of this, and the fact that Neo was subconsciously choosing to remain inside the Matrix, this iteration of the Matrix was highly successful in preventing the bluepills from realising their true nature and requesting release.

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The plot was resumed in the MMO "Matrix Online" in what is called "The Continuing Story". In short the war continues, with more factions entering the fray. Check this website for details.

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  • is that the right url? or should it be mxostory.mxoemu.info? Mar 2, 2012 at 15:10
  • Yes! Thank you. I don't know how I messed up that URL Mar 2, 2012 at 16:53
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    There are also a few comics set during the brief period of the truce (during which any bluepill who discovered the truth was freely allowed to leave the Matrix.)
    – KutuluMike
    Jul 1, 2012 at 2:15
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Same thing that happened the previous seven times.

Sarcasm aside, if you can find a transcript of the Neo/Architect conversation in Reloaded, sit down with a dictionary and thesaurus and decode what the Architect says. It's been years since I saw the conversation, but he speaks in an insanely precise manner, as if to leave no ambiguity, which makes him hard to understand.

Basically, to paraphrase BattleStar Gallactica, all of it happened before and all of it will happen again. The only variation is that Zion survived this time. At the End of Revolutions, the Architect and the Oracle are talking in a rebuilt and reset Matrix.

The long and short is that there won't be peace, in the sense that everyone are friends now, and it could just lead to the waltz between man and machine continuing on, going for a ninth iteration. But, we'll never know, the MMO could be argued as non-canon, but nothing else comes after Revolutions, so take it as you will.

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    MxO was considered canon, as the Wachowski Brothers gave input on the story up to a certain point, and Paul Chadwick was the main writer for a long time as well.
    – FAE
    Jan 5, 2012 at 1:17
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    Speaking precisely does not make one hard to understand. Using uncommon words and telling a story without any notion of cohesive narration makes one hard to understand. Oct 30, 2014 at 16:04
  • @LightnessRacesinOrbit Concordantly.
    – Dan J
    Dec 19, 2017 at 2:02
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I've long believed that much of The Matrix Trilogy is about reading between the lines. My interpretation is that the machines won. All throughout the movies there is talk of how 'choice' is the issue with the matrix, and how this 'choice' is the flaw in an otherwise inherently perfect system. The idea of course, is that the machines want humans to 'choose' the matrix, that's how they would win right? Well, there is considerable evidence supporting that the humans did just that.

So how does this work? There is a confirmed Matrix, a virtual reality environment\prison for humans, and a supposed real world. Well, since everyone is in the Matrix to begin with how do we know for sure anything is real? Physics. In the real world you cannot bend rules, the laws of science strictly shackle you to normalcy. In the beginning we can see clear definition on what is the Matrix, and what is not. However, during the latter end of the movies we see that Neo's powers extend into the real world. This is impossible, flat out, period, introducing doubt that real world is in fact 'real'. (I'll come back to this)

Secondly we know from Neo's conversation with the Architect that Neo is in fact an anomaly within the Matrix. This suggests that there is some sort of bug that grants Neo his powers. Science, my friends, is why Neo is special. So, if his powers are sourced from some un-fixable bug within the Matrix, the only way for them to work outside the Matrix... is if he is still within the Matrix... (plot twist!)

The first Matrix was perfect, no war, utopia as we are told, and it failed because humans needed choice. Hence the war. This is hinted, flat out communicated, innuendoed, you name it, it's driven in the movies all over the dam place. However, never not once did the machines\programs mention anything about humans refusing the program entirely or otherwise escaping their shackles, only that there was a mental rebellion to the host program.

Neo displays amazing abilities, but he is not the only entity that displays such skills, programs all over the place in the Matrix also show that they have abilities, this suggests that Neo is in fact a program.

Let's recap: There must be choice, Neo isn't unique, Neo's abilities extend beyond what the characters feel is the Matrix, Zion has been wiped many times in a cyclic run of what seems to be a war about choice, it has been clearly stated multiple times there has been multiple Matrixs (Matrices), and there are a crapload of machines\programs with strange double-agent objectives to the point that nobody has any idea what side anybody is on.

To conclude...

TL:DR ::There was no real war. Nobody ever made it out of the Matrix. Neo was an unaware program designed to help the humans choose the SECOND Matrix. The 'War' was actually the humans fighting the OS of the FIRST Matrix.

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  • This is all unsubstantiated, even if it's a very popular theory. Jul 31, 2014 at 14:38
  • Unsubstantiated for sure, no arguments there, but the evidence is sound.
    – Ender
    Oct 8, 2014 at 12:09
  • No arguments there, it certainly makes more sense than the canon. Oct 10, 2014 at 19:07
  • All of this has been comprehensively demolished by the sequels.
    – Valorum
    Dec 25, 2021 at 13:03
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There are no further in-universe works. What lays before humanity and their robot overlords remains a mystery.

I am not aware of anything else in production, and I would frankly be surprised if any further works were made. I believe the financial backers found the response to the 2nd and 3rd movies underwhelming.

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    About as underwhelming as the 2nd and 3rd Pirates of the Caribbean movies. And they never made any more of... Oh wait!
    – DampeS8N
    May 10, 2011 at 15:32
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    I thought the Matrix Online storyline was canon? May 10, 2011 at 16:53
  • @System: Could be. I'm not really familiar. If you know anything about it, add an answer!
    – Jeff
    May 11, 2011 at 12:41
  • @SystemDown it is canon. See FallenAngelEyes' comment!
    – n611x007
    Jul 1, 2012 at 3:57
  • There are further in-universe works now.
    – Valorum
    Dec 25, 2021 at 13:04
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I've always felt that the final animated short in the Animatrix took place after the deal, where humans seem to have at least the possibility of a quasi existence on the surface and try to "reason" with the machines.

The impression I got was that there was sort of tacit approval of this from the Machine City, since they could certainly just send in the "bombers" and blow up any human-made lab on the surface. Those machines have a form of free will, it seems, just like the sentient software programs which are, per the deal if I understood it right, now allowed to come and go between the Machine City and the Matrix at will.

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    "Matriculated", which is the short I think you're talking about, happens between the first and second Matrix movies, like all other shorts except for the Second Renaissance shorts which form the graphic backstory to the entire trilogy. If there was peace, then they wouldn't be defending their lab from a sentinel onslaught.
    – KeithS
    Mar 2, 2012 at 18:22
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Assuming that Zion doesn't lie within a subsequent matrix, the machines will likely release all those that refuse the matrix as it stands allowing them to join Zion, just as the architect said to the oracle, and being that the machines will exist indefinitely they can allow the humans to live until all of their resources are inevitably expended, which is only hastened by the number of those that the architect releases from the matrix, and those that exist outside of the matrix die. However there are those that will still accept the matrix and the machines will continue on long after all of the humans outside of the matrix have died off so the matrix continues on, the machines do their best not to let another smith esque program overrun the matrix, and in turn things go back to the way they were before the events of the matrix.

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