March 31, 1999 saw the release of The Matrix, the sci-fi action film directed by the Wachowskis that went on to massive financial and critical success, spawning sequels and a host of other related media. The Onion looks back at big moments in the franchise on its 20-year anniversary.


1960:

Octodecuplets eventually cast as Agent Smith born.


1997:

Advances in CGI technology enable any piece of clothing to be rendered onscreen as leather.

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1998:

Will Smith declines role of Neo to pursue other career mistakes.


1999:

Film’s success sparks summer craze for sunglasses.


2000:

Batch of “Matrix babies” born nine months after film’s release.


2003:

Release of The Matrix Reloaded results in dozens of teens going to hospital after attempting bullet-time dodge of a BB gun.

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2004:

Neil and Adrian Rayment worry they’re becoming typecast as albino twins who can self-heal gunshot wounds.

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2009:

Warner Brothers issues 10th-anniversary edition featuring a multi-disc set that includes zero footage from the sequels.

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2012:

The Nebuchadnezzar sells at auction for $1.6 million.


2019:

Men’s rights activists refer to being “red-pilled” as becoming aware of the truth that they are absolutely full of shit. 

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