The Matrix Timeline

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 inĀ 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!

#AmazonNameMediaAuthor/DirectorSeriesDateNotes
1BuyAnimatrix: The Second RenaissanceShort FilmMahiro MaedaSecond Renaissance2003-06-03
2BuyBits and Pieces of InformationComic IssueLana Waschowski, Lilly WachowskiSecond Renaissance2003-11-01Collected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition
3BuyThe Miller's TaleComic IssuePaul ChadwickEarly Sixth Zion2003-11-01Collected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition
4BuyAnimatrix: A Dectective StoryShort FilmShinichiro WatanabeMain Era2003-06-03
5BuyThe King of Never ReturnComic IssueTed McKeeverMain Era2005-01-01Collected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition
6BuyRun, Saga, RunComic IssueKeron GrantMain Era2005-01-01Collected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition
7BuyArtistic FreedomComic IssueRyder WindhamMain Era2003-11-01Collected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition
8BuyBroadcast DepthComic IssueBill SienkiewiczMain Era2005-01-01Collected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition
9BuyBurning HopeComic IssueJohn Van FleetMain Era2003-11-01Collected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition
10BuyFarewell PerformanceComic IssueJim KruegerMain Era2005-01-01Collected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition
11BuyA Life Less EmptyComic IssueTed McKeeverMain Era2003-11-01Collected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition
12BuyWrong NumberComic IssueVince EvansMain Era2005-01-01Collected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition
13BuyThere Are No Flowers in the Real WorldComic IssueDavid LaphamMain Era2003-11-01Collected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition
14BuyHunters and CollectorsComic IssueGregory RuthMain Era2003-11-01Collected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition
15BuyAnimatrix: World RecordShort FilmTakeshi KoikeMain Era2003-06-03
16BuyAnimatrix: MatriculatedShort FilmPeter ChungMain Era2003-06-03
17BuyAnimatrix: ProgramShort FilmYoshiaki KawajiriMain Era2003-06-03
18BuySystem FreezeComic IssuePoppy BriteMain Era2005-01-01Collected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition
19BuySweating the Small StuffComic IssueBill SienkiewiczMain Era2003-11-01Collected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition
20BuyDeja vuComic IssuePaul ChadwickMain Era2005-01-01Collected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition
21BuyAn Asset to the SystemComic IssueTroy NixeyMain Era2005-01-01Collected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition
22BuyButterflyComic IssueDave GibbonsMain Era2003-11-01Collected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition
23BuyA Sword of a Different ColorComic IssueTroy NixeyMain Era2003-11-01Collected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition
24BuyThe MatrixFilmLana Waschowski, Lilly WachowskiMain Series1999-03-31
25BuyAnimatrix: Kid's StoryShort FilmShinichiro WatanabeMain Series2003-06-03
26BuyAnimatrix: Final Flight of the OsirisShort FilmAndy JonesMain Series2003-06-03
27BuyEnter the MatrixGameLana Waschowski, Lilly WachowskiMain Series2003-05-14
28BuyThe Matrix ReloadedFilmLana Waschowski, Lilly WachowskiMain Series2003-05-15
29BuyDay In...Day OutComic IssueTed McKeeverMain Series2005-01-01Collected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition
30BuyThe Matrix RevolutionsFilmLana Waschowski, Lilly WachowskiMain Series2003-11-05
31BuyThe Matrix: Path of NeoGameLana Waschowski, Lilly WachowskiMain Series2005-11-07Concurrent with the films.
32BuyI KantComic IssueKaare AndrewsTruce2005-01-01Collected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition
33BuySaviorsComic IssueSpencer LammTruce2005-01-01Collected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition
34BuyA Path Among StonesComic IssueGregory RuthTruce2005-01-01Collected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition
35BuyAnimatrix: BeyondShort FilmKoji MorimotoTruce2003-06-03
36BuyThe Matrix OnlineGameLana Waschowski, Lilly WachowskiTruce2005-03-22
37BuyGoliathComic IssueNeil GaimanFar Future2003-11-01Collected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition
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