No, no… I’m pretty sure it’s a fact.
The matrix didn’t have much in terms of merch anyways, it wasn’t a movie designed for that.
I’m talking about cultural impact, 2 different things… I’m not gonna re-hash what I’ve said a billion times already, but let’s just take one of the most visible impacts the Matrix had in culture, specifically in movies:
So, everytime you see a kung-fu-like combat/fight scene with flashy choreography (and usually slo-mo) in an action movie (even to this day)? Yup, that’s direct impact from the Matrix.
How did the Harry Potter movies impact cinema?
Potter is a very different animal to both Matrix and Star Wars (which are a lot more similar). HP was already a huge phenomenon before they even decided to film the movies… both SW and the Matrix came out of nowhere, no one was expecting them or even knew what to expect from them.
Neither of them are adaptations from popular books. Neither of them are even that original, tbh… Both of them took from a lot of popular concepts & ideas that existed already and mashed them up into movies with unprecedented presentations.
The HP movies did well because the books already had a massive pre-existing fanbase (plus the fans they picked with the movies themselves sure). Both SW and Matrix just hit a nerve with audiences, and both have had lasting impact even thought they might not be as popular as they once were.
And to go further, I’m pretty much certain that the next “iconic” game-changing movie won’t come from an adaptation… that is to say, it’s not gonna be a Marvel or DC movie, or something like HP or GoT… it will be just like SW & Matrix… a movie that will take from all the recent underlying cultural concepts and mash them up together in an unprecedented presentation. It’s gonna come out of nowhere, basically.