The Legacy of The Matrix
10 Years of 1999: We explore ten movies that owe their existence to the Wachowskis' existential tale.
Marvel's main mutants had been stalled in development limbo for decades, handicapped as potential screen icons by their frankly naff, gaudy comic book costumes. From The Matrix, the X-Men movies took a sturdy, black-leather-based look which became the default fashion statement for angsty 2000 superheroes just as red-white-and-blue tights (or, in Wolverine's case, yellow spandex) had been in earlier eras. The influence might have been two-way -- like Star Trek's Holodeck and Doctor Who's (um) Matrix, the X-Men's Danger Room (a virtual reality training ground as seen in X-Men: The Last Stand) was an important precursor of The Matrix's Matrix.