The Matrix Timeline

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The Matrix came as a surprise breakout in 1999, a completely original story that took audiences by storm. It has since spawned multiple sequels, an animated collection of short films and many comics. This is the Matrix timeline.

What’s on The Matrix Timeline?


The Matrix timeline consists mostly of the films, the animated shorts included in Animatrix, a few video games, and several short comic stories printed in two volumes, and later packed into one anniversary collection. Many of the comics and some of the animated shorts are ambiguous in their placement in the timeline. However, most of them take place in the years before the first film, so most of them are lumped together in that portion of the timeline.

Where to Start?

We recommend starting with the first Matrix film to be introduced to this world. Doing otherwise would spoil some big surprises. After that first film, you can go back and watch the animated shorts or read the comics as you see fit. But definitely start with the film.

As always, if you find anything that is missing, or needs to be changed, don’t hesitate to let us know. We’re always looking for ways to improve the timeline or weed out errors. And if you like this timeline, you might like some of our others, such as the Expanse timeline. Thank you, and enjoy!

#Get ItNameMediaAuthor/DirectorDateSeriesNotes
1Animatrix: The Second RenaissanceShort FilmMahiro Maeda2003-06-03Second Renaissance
2Bits and Pieces of InformationComic IssueLana Waschowski, Lilly Wachowski2003-11-01Second RenaissanceCollected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition
3The Miller's TaleComic IssuePaul Chadwick2003-11-01Early Sixth ZionCollected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition
4Animatrix: A Dectective StoryShort FilmShinichiro Watanabe2003-06-03Main Era
5The King of Never ReturnComic IssueTed McKeever2005-01-01Main EraCollected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition
6Run, Saga, RunComic IssueKeron Grant2005-01-01Main EraCollected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition
7Artistic FreedomComic IssueRyder Windham2003-11-01Main EraCollected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition
8Broadcast DepthComic IssueBill Sienkiewicz2005-01-01Main EraCollected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition
9Burning HopeComic IssueJohn Van Fleet2003-11-01Main EraCollected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition
10Farewell PerformanceComic IssueJim Krueger2005-01-01Main EraCollected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition
11A Life Less EmptyComic IssueTed McKeever2003-11-01Main EraCollected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition
12Wrong NumberComic IssueVince Evans2005-01-01Main EraCollected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition
13There Are No Flowers in the Real WorldComic IssueDavid Lapham2003-11-01Main EraCollected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition
14Hunters and CollectorsComic IssueGregory Ruth2003-11-01Main EraCollected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition
15Animatrix: World RecordShort FilmTakeshi Koike2003-06-03Main Era
16Animatrix: MatriculatedShort FilmPeter Chung2003-06-03Main Era
17Animatrix: ProgramShort FilmYoshiaki Kawajiri2003-06-03Main Era
18System FreezeComic IssuePoppy Brite2005-01-01Main EraCollected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition
19Sweating the Small StuffComic IssueBill Sienkiewicz2003-11-01Main EraCollected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition
20Deja vuComic IssuePaul Chadwick2005-01-01Main EraCollected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition
21An Asset to the SystemComic IssueTroy Nixey2005-01-01Main EraCollected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition
22ButterflyComic IssueDave Gibbons2003-11-01Main EraCollected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition
23A Sword of a Different ColorComic IssueTroy Nixey2003-11-01Main EraCollected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition
24The MatrixFilmLana Waschowski, Lilly Wachowski1999-03-31Main Series
25Animatrix: Kid's StoryShort FilmShinichiro Watanabe2003-06-03Main Series
26Animatrix: Final Flight of the OsirisShort FilmAndy Jones2003-06-03Main Series
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Enter the MatrixGameLana Waschowski, Lilly Wachowski2003-05-14Main Series
28The Matrix ReloadedFilmLana Waschowski, Lilly Wachowski2003-05-15Main Series
29Day In...Day OutComic IssueTed McKeever2005-01-01Main SeriesCollected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition
30The Matrix RevolutionsFilmLana Waschowski, Lilly Wachowski2003-11-05Main Series
31The Matrix: Path of NeoGameLana Waschowski, Lilly Wachowski2005-11-07Main SeriesConcurrent with the films.
32I KantComic IssueKaare Andrews2005-01-01TruceCollected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition
33SaviorsComic IssueSpencer Lamm2005-01-01TruceCollected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition
34A Path Among StonesComic IssueGregory Ruth2005-01-01TruceCollected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition
35Animatrix: BeyondShort FilmKoji Morimoto2003-06-03Truce
36The Matrix OnlineGameLana Waschowski, Lilly Wachowski2005-03-22Truce
37GoliathComic IssueNeil Gaiman2003-11-01Far FutureCollected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition