The movie won’t hit theaters until March 2023, but that didn’t stop Keanu Reeves from popping into Comic-Con to reveal a brief teaser for John Wick Chapter 4just under the title John Wick (Which can be confusing considering it’s also the title of the original movie that started the entire franchise). According to Deadline Hollywood, Reeves crashed the Collider Directors on Directing panel, which included John Wick: Chapter 4 director Chad Stahelski as panelist.
(Spoilers for the first three films in the franchise below.)
As I wrote earlier, for those who missed the first three films, John Wick (Reeves) is a legendary hitman (known as the Boogeyman or “Baba Yaga”) who was trying to retire when he fell in love and got married. Unfortunately, he is dragged back into the dark underworld by an act of senseless violence after his wife’s death. Nothing will stop John Wick from getting revenge. The first John Wick grossed over $88 million worldwide for the film, which cost an estimated $30 million to make, and was praised for its fast pace, heartbreaking action sequences, and stylish noir Feel.
So, of course, there was a sequel. AT John Wick: Chapter Two, Wick takes on a whole bunch of Russian villains, but finds himself obligated (by the code of a professional hit man) to go on one last mission. Of course, he succeeds – he’s John Wick – but the client, Italian crime boss Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarchio), is trying to cover his tracks by placing a bounty on Wick’s head. Wick ends up killing Santino, newly appointed to the High Table, at the Continental Hotel in New York, which is supposed to be a safe place for assassins and declared “excommunicato”, which cuts him off from all the resources that underground hitmen usually provide .
And that’s where John Wick: Chapter 3. Parabellum Wick struggles to find allies (and ammo) to fight off virtually the entire underworld of assassins, all of whom are eager for a $14 million bounty on his head. The title refers to an old proverb, Si vis pacem, para bellum: “If you want peace, prepare for war.” Vic has essentially declared war on the High Table, and the escalation plays out exactly as you’d expect when everyone’s favorite dog-loving hitman gets involved.
Parabellum ended with one final twist that neatly set John Wick: Chapter 4. John made a deal with the elder to forgive his many offenses against the High Table in exchange for killing Winston (Ian McShane), the manager of the Continental Hotel in New York, where Wick killed Santino. This is because Winston refused the order to abdicate as punishment for helping John. But when the time came, John refused to carry out the mission.
So the High Table sent in their army of assassins, Winston provided the firepower, and John killed almost all of them. In the ensuing negotiations with the adjudicator, Winston pledged allegiance to the High Table and shot John, who fell from the roof to the ground. He survived and was rescued by the henchmen of the badly wounded Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne) and they vowed to work together to get revenge.
The big question is whether Winston’s betrayal was a calculated move. Did he really want to kill John? Stahelski told Digital Spy in 2020 that it’s open to interpretation, but we’ll definitely see some ramifications of Winston’s choices anyway. Chapter 4. Staleski made one thing clear in a profanity-laced IndieWire interview: After mercilessly killing over 300 people (for now), John may survive, but he won’t ride off into the sunset with a new love interest. “In the end, there will be no happy ending,” he said. “He has nowhere to go.”
The Four Principles return in this edition: Reeves, McShane, Fishburne and Lance Reddick as Charon, the suave NYC Continental concierge. Among the new characters is Akira, played by Japanese singer-songwriter Rina Sawayama in her debut feature film. She was chosen after Stahelski saw her combine dance and martial arts in several of her music videos, so we can definitely expect the fight choreography to play to her strengths. The cast also includes leading Hong Kong action stars Donnie Yen, Hiroyuki Sanada, Shamier Anderson, Bill Skarsgård, Clancy Brown and Scott Adkins in unnamed roles.
Chapter 4 will be held in Japan, America, Paris, Berlin and Jordan. There aren’t many plot details in the Comic-Con teaser, but do we need them? Fans of the franchise know what they want and trust Staleski. Teaser delivers. We see footage of John punching through a rope pole, already bloody from constant use, in between a smorgasbord of action shots: there are samurai swords, nunchucks, bows and arrows, dog fu, daggers and, of course, guns, guns, guns. “Have you ever wondered how this will end?” the man asks John. “The table will never stop. You know it. No one, not even you, can kill everyone.”
But John Wick never stops. Yes it will Chapter 5; the studio intended to shoot it at the same time as Chapter 4but between the pandemic and Reeves’ scheduling conflict over filming Resurrection of the Matrix, it was decided to just focus on the fourth part. Reeves said he would continue filming John Wick movies as long as they keep making money. Parabellum earned $362 million worldwide. If the next two chapters are the same (or better), the franchise will stay with us for a long time.
In fact, there is already a spin-off movie, Ballerina, in development, where Ana de Arnas plays a young woman turned murderer who has sworn revenge on the killers who murdered her family. key scene in Parabellum depicts a school for the training of young girls, similar to the one in which John Wick was brought up, with intensive ballet classes. The spin-off of the film will focus on the adult version of one of these girls. A limited series is also in development, Continentaldedicated to the young Winston of the 1970s, played by Colin Woodell.
John Wick: Chapter 4 will be released in theaters on March 24, 2023.
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