If you thought that the Matrix series gave you too much to digest across three movies then watching the trailer for Resurrections may have been, well… frustrating.
Back in 1999, Lana and Lilly Wachowski’s sci-fi masterpiece changed the landscape of action cinema forever, ushering in new techniques of filmmaking and arguably perfecting others.
The two sequels – Reloaded and Revolutions – proved much more divisive as they expanded the mythology of this unique universe, packed with dizzying detail, nuance, and allegory.
Most fans thought the series would remain a trilogy, but if you can bring back somebody like Michael Myers again and again, then it’s no stretch to resurrect “The One”.
At the moment, millions of fans are engaging in discussion, dissecting the trailer for The Matrix Resurrections. The new footage has compelled some to consider key details of the predecessors and it looks like Sati’s role in The Matrix may be important moving forward. So, let’s refresh our memories…
WARNING: SPOILERS FOR THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS
Who is Sati in The Matrix movies?
In The Matrix Revolutions, it’s established that Sati (played by Tanveer K. Atwal) is an exile that was created without a purpose by Rama-Kandra and Kamala.
After Sati was smuggled into the Matrix, the Oracle protected her under the belief that she would live on to play an important role in the future of both humans and machines.
Let’s dive deeper into her history within the narrative.
She would’ve been deleted by the machines if detected, but basically fell into the Oracle’s care after Rama-Kandra and Kamala left the Matrix. The two met Neo in Mobil Avenue and the Oracle’s conversation with “The One” suggests that Sati was created out of love, making her special. Passage through Mobil Avenue was the only way to sneak her into the Matrix.
Later, the Trainman showed up to bring Sati and her family into the Matrix. It is then that she went to the Oracle’s apartment, where Neo met her once again. When Seraph turned up to collect her, they were threatened by the arrival of Agent Smiths.
Sati was trapped by one of them, and before she was assimilated she told him that he’s bad.
Down the line, Neo embarked on a final battle with Smith which resulted in the Matrix basically being reloaded again. This meant that the assimilated reverted back to their original selves, including Sati.
She woke up next to a black cat before being discovered by Seraph. The two then found the Oracle on a bench as she looked out on Mega City, admiring the sunrise.
Finally, Sati asked the Oracle if they would see Neo again and she admitted that she believes it’s possible.
Is Sati in The Matrix Resurrections?
Priyanka Chopra Jonas stars in Resurrections and her role is currently unknown.
However, fans have already begun considering the possibility of her portraying a grown-up version of Sati.
Considering her wider importance in the Matrix is foreshadowed in Revolutions, it’s certainly possible that Sati plays a part in the forthcoming movie. Indeed, a number of audiences have made the suggestion on Twitter:
Here’s where things get complicated…
There has been some confusion in the wake of the trailer regarding Resurrections’ status as a sequel of a reboot.
On this topic, Comic Book notes the following from Warner Bros. Pictures’ press release on the film:
“The Matrix Resurrections is a continuation of the story established in the first MATRIX film. It reunites Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss as cinematic icons Neo & Trinity in an expansion of their story that ventures back into the Matrix and even deeper down the rabbit hole.”
Additionally, they include: “20 years after the first film, the franchise that helped define pop culture at the turn of the century is back for a continuation and extension of the original movie.”
If Resurrections does de-canonize and bypass the previous two sequels then it will be interesting to see if a character like Sati does, in fact, make it in. We’ll just have to wait and see.
The Matrix Resurrections is in cinemas and on HBO Max on Wednesday, December 22nd 2021.