The Matrix Resurrections makes sense of Agent Smith

Throughout the entire of the initial Matrix trilogy, and now the recently launched The Matrix Resurrections, the human developer Thomas Anderson / resistance fighter Neo (Keanu Reeves) is the unambiguous lead character of the series, flexing spoons and carrying out kung-fu as the messianic picked one recognized merely as “the One.”

However as a hero, Neo is just as exceptional as his bane Representative Smith (Hugo Weaving), the leering face of an antagonistic system that becomes a powerful and scary force unto himself. Representative Smith plays an essential function in The Matrix Resurrections, however like the majority of whatever in the motion picture, it’s more complex than a simple look. The motion picture remembers the origins and arc of Smith; the representative is not simply a thorn in Neo’s side, however a specter he can’t live without.

[Ed. note: This story contains spoilers for The Matrix Resurrections.]

Smith, as played by Hugo Weaving in the initial trilogy, is an expert system who comes from a class of programs referred to as “Agents.” Presuming the type of a white male in a nondescript black match using a set of dark square frameless sunglasses and earpiece, Representatives are basically sentient security programs charged with removing anybody or anything that might either threaten the stability of the Matrix or threatens to expose its real nature. They are without a doubt the most deadly contender in the Matrix; impossibly quick, superhumanly strong, and efficient in manifesting through any program or human being plugged into the Matrix.

Smith is very first presented in 1999’s The Matrix where, along with his fellow Representatives Brown and Jones, is charged with snatching Anderson/Neo in their overarching objective to pursue and remove the human resistance. Of his equivalents, Smith shows the most noticeable ridicule and contempt for humankind, comparing them to a “virus” that need to be included or gotten rid of. Throughout his interrogation of Morpheus, Smith presumes regarding admit his hatred for existing in the Matrix and his desperation to leave it. Following an extended conflict, Smith handles to eliminate Neo throughout the initial movie’s ending, just for Neo to be reanimated and lastly totally manifest his capabilities as “the One.” Neo then beats Smith by jumping within Smith’s body, ruining the program from the within prior to securely disconnecting from Matrix.

In spite of his evident death, Smith returns in 2003’s The Matrix Reloaded, facing Neo quickly after his 2nd conference with the Oracle. Although not sure of the particularities of his own resurrection, Smith discusses that when Neo ruined him by ruining his code from the within out, some form of Neo’s own powers inscribed onto Smith at the same time. When Smith returned to the source and was faced with the ultimatum of deletion, he rebelled; becoming an “exile” program and subsequently returning to the Matrix. There, Smith learned that although he could no longer travel across the Matrix via the possession of anyone connected to the system, having lost that ability for him no longer being an “Agent” of the Matrix, he discovered that he had manifested another ability instead: the power to assimilate anyone, human or program, and thereby cloning his personality and presence.

While Neo and the resistance were preoccupied with battling the Merovingian and the Matrix’s new agents in order to fulfill the prophecy of the One, Smith set about assimilating more and more people and programs across the Matrix, growing into a sentient all-powerful virus that threatened the stability of the Matrix. Perhaps even more extraordinarily, Smith’s ability to replicate his presence was capable of manifesting in the real world, as seen in the case of Bane, a human resistance fighter who was assimilated while plugged into the Matrix and who remained possessed by Smith after jacking out. The growing instability brought about by Smith’s subversive takeover of the Matrix posed a common threat to both the humans and the machines, one which Neo used as leverage in order to broker a truce between the two sides. In exchange for defeating Smith, the Machines will cease their hostilities towards Zion, the last human city, and allow any human being who wishes to leave the Matrix to do so.

During the climax of their final battle at the end of The Matrix Revolutions, Neo allows himself to be assimilated by Smith and deleted, along with every other copy of Smith within the Matrix. There are several competing theories as to what exactly transpired after Smith assimilated Neo, including a very elaborate notion that Smith was in fact “the One,” not Neo. The events of The Matrix Resurrections, however, would seem to undermine this theory. These competing interpretations aside, the result itself remains the same: Smith is defeated, the Matrix is rebooted, the machines call off their attack on Zion, and a fragile peace between the humans and machines is established through Neo’s sacrifice.

Sixty years following the conclusion of The Matrix Revolutions, Smith returns in The Matrix Resurrections (in the form of Jonathan Groff). In the wake of a civil war between the Machines that occurred as a result of their truce with the humans, the Matrix has once again been rebooted, this time by a new program known as The Analyst. With his previous avatar ruined at the end of The Matrix Revolutions, Smith has been resurrected in a new body and reintegrated into the Matrix. Despite having actually lost his capability to reproduce himself, Smith nonetheless has retained all of the memories of his previous incarnation, consisting of his freedom from the system of the Matrix. The Analyst brought Smith back for one purpose: to keep tabs on Neo and ensure that he is unable to leave the Matrix again.

While Smith continues to harbor hatred towards Neo, he is unable to act on that hatred for the reality that The Analyst asserts control over him. This is why Smith, along with the Merovingian and a group of exile programs that survived the purge of the Matrix, attack Neo and the crew of Mnemosyne. After Neo once again defeats Smith, the latter chooses to help defeat The Analyst when Neo is able to convince trinity to leave the Matrix. Smith’s status by the end of The Matrix Resurrections is left unclear, though it’s strongly implied that the defeat of The Analyst has enabled Neo’s long-time adversary some measure of much-desired freedom.

While it’s uncertain in what type the story of the Matrix will continue, if at all, it’s most likely that Neo, Trinity, and the citizens of IO will have not seen the last of Smith’s machinations.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.