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 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!

entries

ChronologicalSeriesBuyTitleTypeAuthorReleased

1

Second Renaissance

Short Film

Lana Waschowski
Lilly Wachowski

2003-06-03

2

Second Renaissance

Comic Issue

Lana Waschowski
Lilly Wachowski

2003-11-01

Collected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition

3

Early Sixth Zion

Comic Issue

Paul Chadwick

2003-11-01

Collected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition

4

Main Era

Short Film

Shinichirō Watanabe

2003-06-03

5

Main Era

Comic Issue

Ted McKeever

2005-01-01

Collected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition

6

Main Era

Comic Issue

Keron Grant

2005-01-01

Collected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition

7

Main Era

Comic Issue

Ryder Windham

2003-11-01

Collected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition

8

Main Era

Comic Issue

Bill Sienkiewicz

2005-01-01

Collected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition

9

Main Era

Comic Issue

John Van Fleet

2003-11-01

Collected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition

10

Main Era

Comic Issue

Jim Krueger

2005-01-01

Collected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition

11

Main Era

Comic Issue

Ted McKeever

2003-11-01

Collected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition

12

Main Era

Comic Issue

Vince Evans

2005-01-01

Collected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition

13

Main Era

Comic Issue

David Lapham

2003-11-01

Collected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition

14

Main Era

Comic Issue

Gregory Ruth

2003-11-01

Collected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition

15

Main Era

Short Film

Yoshiaki Kawajiri

2003-06-03

16

Main Era

Short Film

Peter Chung

2003-06-03

17

Main Era

Short Film

Yoshiaki Kawajiri

2003-06-03

18

Main Era

Comic Issue

Poppy Brite

2005-01-01

Collected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition

19

Main Era

Comic Issue

Bill Sienkiewicz

2003-11-01

Collected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition

20

Main Era

Comic Issue

Paul Chadwick

2005-01-01

Collected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition

21

Main Era

Comic Issue

Troy Nixey

2005-01-01

Collected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition

22

Main Era

Comic Issue

Dave Gibbons

2003-11-01

Collected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition

23

Main Era

Comic Issue

Troy Nixey

2003-11-01

Collected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition

24

Main Series

Film

Lana Waschowski
Lilly Wachowski

1999-03-31

25

Main Series

Short Film

Lana Waschowski
Lilly Wachowski

2003-06-03

26

Main Series

Short Film

Lana Waschowski
Lilly Wachowski

2003-06-03

27

Main Series

Game

Lana Waschowski
Lilly Wachowski

2003-05-14

28

Main Series

Film

Lana Waschowski
Lilly Wachowski

2003-05-15

29

Main Series

Comic Issue

Ted McKeever

2005-01-01

Collected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition

30

Main Series

Film

Lana Waschowski
Lilly Wachowski

2003-11-05

31

Main Series

Game

Lana Waschowski
Lilly Wachowski

2005-11-07

Concurrent with the films.

32

Truce

Comic Issue

Kaare Andrews

2005-01-01

Collected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition

33

Truce

Comic Issue

Spencer Lamm

2005-01-01

Collected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition

34

Truce

Comic Issue

Gregory Ruth

2005-01-01

Collected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition

35

Truce

Short Film

Koji Morimoto

2003-06-03

36

Truce

Game

Paul Chadwick

2005-03-22

37

Far Future

Comic Issue

Neil Gaiman

2003-11-01

Collected in The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition

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