For anyone who hasn't seen the Matrix Revolutions or played Destiny 2, potential spoiler warning.
I've noticed a few striking similarities between The Matrix movies and Destiny. Enough that I really wonder if it partially inspired Bungie's vision of Destiny in some ways. The Matrix movies came out between 1999 and 2003, and the first Destiny teaser was hidden in Halo 3 ODST which launched in 2009.
Look at this pic on the left, of the shock wave over the city in The Matrix Revolutions when Agent Smith hits Neo with a haymaker, compared to the Traveler hovering over the last city in Destiny, on the right.
Now the same Matrix pic again on top, but after the shock wave expands some more, compared to the Traveler and it's "light" shock wave expanding in Destiny 2, on the bottom.
Next, in the top pic, there's the Deus Ex Machina that controls the machine city who Neo must confront before he fights Agent Smith, while in the bottom Destiny pic, is Sepiks Prime, a boss enemy you must fight.
Below you have a crew from The Matrix Revolutions in the top pic, and a fireteam from the OG Destiny live action trailer in the bottom pic.
What's interesting about the above pics, is that both The Matrix crew and Destiny fireteam are "Guardians of the last city". What's even more interesting is the male co-pilot on the left goes by the name "Ghost", just like the hologram AI "Ghost" that each Guardian has in Destiny. To top it off, the more important Matrix Guardians in the top pic, Niobe, Ghost, and Roland, plus all three Guardians, have matching gender and clothing color. Niobe in the front right and the Warlock are in burgundy, Ghost to her left and the Hunter with his Ghost are in black and grey, and behind him, Roland and the Titan, are both in grey. (The guy in the back right behind Niobe only has a few lines and play's little part in The Matrix movie trilogy)
I also find what happens to Neo after the haymaker punch from his enemy Agent Smith, to be quite similar to the start of Destiny 2 when your Guardian first meets their enemy, Ghaul. Neo is almost TKO after the punch and Smith body slams him from the sky into the ground. Neo barely gets up and gives what little fight he has left to stay alive. Ghaul blocks the "light" and renders you useless, then literally kicks you off of his ship which is high in the sky near the Traveler, and you fall to the ground. You are barely able to get yourself up and give what little fight you have left to stay alive.
There is also the number 3 connection between them. The Matrix definitely has some spiritual meaning like the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, who are represented by the main characters Neo, Morpheus, and Trinity, in the films. These 3 are fighting to end The Matrix and take their "rightful" place back on Earth in reality. In Destiny, the Traveler is in a way looked upon as a God and it uses fireteams of 3 Guardians each, a Hunter, Titan, and Warlock, who have 3 class abilities each, that fight "The Darkness" to protect the people of the last city and reclaim their "rightful" place spanning the solar system.
In The Matrix, you have AI machines that have created a real life VR experience that everyone is plugged into, and when the people slowly start "waking up" inside The Matrix, "The One" will emerge, who will be guided by "The Oracle", which leads to the system ending, and everything getting rebooted and starting all over again. While Destiny hasn't been totally explained by any means, you have enemy machines called "The Vex" that can manipulate time and travel through it. You also meet someone who seems to be from the future, who knows what your doing and what you should do next. She gives you a gun that apparently shouldn't exist because it has tech that "hasn't been developed yet". Your Guardian can also can die and come back to life, like Neo can basically control in The Matrix.
“All of our lives, we have fought this war. Tonight I believe we can end it. Tonight is not an accident. There are no accidents. We have not come here by chance. I do not believe in chance. When I see three objectives, three captains, three ships. I do not see coincidence, I see providence. I see purpose. I believe it our fate to be here. It is our destiny. I believe this night holds for each and every one of us, the very meaning of our lives.” - Morpheus
I myself can only assume that the two characters from The Matrix named Link and Zee, who are a couple, must certainly be paying homage to The Legend of Zelda, which is all about the Triforce.
I'm sure there are plenty of other things I've missed, or maybe I'm reaching a little bit with a few of my points. What do you think? Anything to add?
Last edited by EricHiggin - on 01 April 2018