Everything We Know About John Wick: Chapter 4 (2024)

It’s been eight years since Keanu Reeves’ John Wick went on a revenge rampage after a bunch of baddies broke into his house and killed his puppy – and his taste for revenge has not changed much. We still miss that puppy, though.

Since the first film, Chad Stahelski’s John Wick has quickly become a cult classic, and it began something of a modern “Keanussance” that continued with John Wick: Chapter 2and John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum. And come March 24, 2023 we will be treated to John Wick: Chapter 4, which will be helmed again by Stahelski, directing from a script written by Shay Hatten (John Wick: Chapter 3,Army of the Dead) and Michael Finch (Predators, Hitman: Agent 47).

On top of that, there has been a slow boil of news coming out regarding the plot, and we were given more details about the movie in the theatrical trailer. Here’s a breakdown of what our favorite – and seemingly invincible – assassin has been up to and everything we know about John Wick: Chapter 4.

Diving Deep into the Wick-Iverse

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The official synopsis of John Wick: Chapter 4 reads: “John Wick uncovers a path to defeating the High Table. But before he can earn his freedom, Wick must face off against a new enemy with powerful alliances across the globe and forces that turn old friends into foes.”

Of course, we can expect lots of action scenes and “gun-fu” fight choreography with Stahelski’s signature written all over it. As seen in the trailer, set to a cool, echoey remix of Terry Jacks’ “Seasons in the Sun,” we are definitely going to dive deeper into the mythology of the Wick-iverse and learn new things about John.

In an interview with Empire, the director gave us an idea of what to expect in the sequel, saying, “If you took The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, crossed it with Zatoichi, and threw in a Greek myth, you’d probably get something close to this.”

John’s Back and He’s Brought Some Friends Along

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Keanu Reeves is back and badder than ever as the titular deadly assassin with effortless hair. The last time we saw him was in Parabellum when he was being double crossed by Winston (Ian McShane) who shot him off a roof – but Mr. Wick survives! We see him delivered to the Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne), with whom he agrees to team up to take down the High Table, the council of crime lords who govern the underworld’s most powerful criminal organizations.

In addition to McShane and Fishburne reprising their roles, the recently passed Lance Reddick returns as the Continental concierge Charon. They will be joined by an incredible cast, including Ip Man icon Donnie Yen, who plays Caine, one of John’s old assassin buds. The trailer indicates there will be a scene where they try to kill each other, which will be a treat.

Japanese legend Hiroyuki Sanada also stars as Shimazu, while Japanese-British pop star Rina Sawayama also joins the cast in her feature acting debut. Bill Skarsgård steps in as new baddie Marquis de Gramont, who offers John his freedom from the High Table if he defeats him in combat.

The cast also includes Scott Adkins, Clancy Brown, Shamier Anderson, and Marko Zaror, as well as George Georgiou, who replaces Saïd Taghmaoui as The Elder.

Spoiler Alert: Everyone Lives Unhappily Ever After

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If you’ve been paying attention, you know that it’s highly unlikely Chapter 4 spells a happy ending for John, who never seems to catch a break. Stahelski pretty much confirmed this in an interview with IndieWire, saying, “John may survive all this s–t, but at the end of it, there’s no happy ending.”

He continued, “Do you think he’s going to ride off into the f–king sunset? He’s killed 300 f–king people and he’s just going to [walk away], everything’s okay? He’s just going to fall in love with a love interest? If you’re this f–king guy, if this guy really exist[ed], how is this guy’s day going to end? He’s f–ked for the rest of his life. It’s just a matter of time.”

On the bright side, this means we’ll get to spend more time with John: Chapter 4 is set to have the longest runtime of any of the installments thus far, landing in the 150-minute range.

The Wick-Iverse Is Expanding

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Just when you thought that there weren’t enough assassins in the Wick-iverse, it was announced that Lionsgate is working on a John Wick spin-off movie called Ballerina starring Ana de Armas and directed by Len Wiseman (Live Free or Die Hard, the Underworld franchise).

Co-written by Wiseman and Shay Hatten, the movie follows a killer assassin (de Armas) who vows revenge when her family is killed by hitmen – sounds awfully familiar, but we’re here for it.

THR recently announced that Anjelica Huston will be reprising her role as the head of the Ruska Roma crime organization known as the Director, originally introduced in John Wick: Chapter 3. The spin-off will also welcome McShane, who will appear as Winston, and Reeves is currently in talks to appear as John Wick.

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In addition to Ballerina, which doesn’t yet have a release date, it was announced that there will be a prequel TV series titled The Continental, expected to be released on Peaco*ck in 2023.

As the title suggests, the series will explore the origin story of the Continental Hotel, which is essentially an entire separate character in the franchise.

The Continental will follow young manager Winston Scott (Colin Woodell) in 1975 New York as he faces a past he left behind. In an attempt to seize control of the iconic hotel, which serves as a meeting point for the world’s most dangerous criminals, Winston charts a deadly course through the mysterious underworld of New York City.

The series, which initially was set for STARZ before moving to Peaco*ck, will also feature a young Charon played by Ayomide Adegun and will star Peter Greene, Ben Robson, Hubert Point-Du Jour, Jessica Allain, Mishel Prada, and Kate Nhung. Sadly, it seems like the series will not feature a young John Wick – at least, not that we know of. You can read more details aboutThe Contentinental here.

Will There Be A John Wick: Chapter 5?

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Last we heard, yes.

It was announced in August 2020 that John Wick: Chapter 4 and Chapter 5 were set to film back-to-back. We were also supposed to get Chapter 4 earlier this year. Initially, the sequel was set to hit theaters on Memorial Day weekend, but it seems like a combination of scheduling and COVID surges prevented all of this from happening.

As a result, the sequels ended up not filming back-to-back, and Lionsgate decided to only move forward with John Wick: Chapter 4. There haven’t been any updates as to whether or not there will be a John Wick: Chapter 5, but we’re betting on yes.

John Wick: Chapter 4 opens everywhere on March 24, 2023.

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Everything We Know About John Wick: Chapter 4 (2024)

FAQs

Everything We Know About John Wick: Chapter 4? ›

In John Wick: Chapter 4, Reeves' character uncovers a path to defeating the High Table, but before he can earn his freedom, Wick must face off against a new enemy with powerful alliances across the globe.

What was the point of John Wick 4? ›

John seeks redemption and peace but faces renewed danger as the High Table places a bounty on his head, leading to a thrilling quest to clear his name. The film features intense duels, a tragic loss, and a satisfying ending, leaving fans eagerly anticipating the future of the John Wick franchise.

Is John Wick 5 confirmed? ›

Even though John Wick 5 has been confirmed to be in development (probably), we don't yet have an official release date for the next movie as of April 2024. The next John Wick movie we see will be the Ana de Armas-led spin-off Ballerina, which takes place between Chapters 3 and 4 in the timeline.

Is Winston John Wick's dad? ›

Fictional character biography. John was born Jardani Jovonovich in a Padhorje village somewhere in the Byelorussian SSR of the Soviet Union to a Ruska Roma family on September 2, 1964. He was orphaned at a young age before being taken in by an old friend of his father, Winston, who would eventually become John's mentor ...

Is there a hidden scene in John Wick: Chapter 4? ›

Chapter 4 includes a post-credits sequence that picks back up with Wick's frienemy Caine (Donnie Yen), now also free of the High Table, who is on the way to visit his daughter for the first time in years. As he approaches her, a woman emerges from the crowd, brandishing a knife.

Who was Mr. Nobody in John Wick 4? ›

Played by Shamier Anderson, Mr. Nobody, also known as Tracker, is a bounty hunter with his sights set on Keanu Reeves' eponymous assassin, though bides his time taking Wick down until the reward hits a certain point.

Is John Wick alive at the end of John Wick 4? ›

“[The theatrical ending] was the ending Keanu and I wanted, but we shot a different ending. We shot an ending where you actually saw John Wick at the end of the movie. So it was very clear that he was still alive. The audiences we tested with absolutely preferred the ambiguous ending.”

Who is Keanu Reeves' daughter? ›

Is John Wick alive in 5? ›

John Wick's survival is hinted at throughout the movie, despite him appearing dead at the end of John Wick: Chapter 4. John Wick 5 is confirmed by Lionsgate, although director Chad Stahelski and Keanu Reeves haven't given their full comments on the sequel.

Will John Wick return in part 5? ›

John Wick: Chapter 5 Release Date

However, in May 2023, Lionsgate confirmed that John Wick 5 was in early development. Former Lionsgate Motion Picture Group chairman Joe Drake indicated during a Q4 meeting that the franchise intends to expand, mentioning the regular cadence of John Wick films in the future.

Is Yen John Wick's mother? ›

In a shocking revelation, it's theorized that John Wick is, in fact, the son of Frankie and Yen. This means that the ties that bind him to the world of “The Continental” are far more personal than anyone could have imagined! “IT'S ABOUT FAMILY”.

Is John Wick's wife Winston's daughter? ›

Summary. Director Chad Stahelski finds the theory that Winston is John Wick's father-in-law clever and cool, hinting that it could potentially be true. The theory is supported by the presence of Wick's 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429, which was driven by Winston in The Continental prequel series.

Is Marcus John Wick's dad? ›

Is Marcus John Wick's Dad? Marcus, who we see in the first movie, appears to be only an old friend of John's. It's easy to wonder if there's a family connection between the two with Marcus' desire to keep John alive and aid him against Viggo Tarasov. It seems unlikely that Marcus is John Wick's father, though.

How did Caine lose his eyes? ›

It's implied that Caine's blindness was part of his deal for retirement, similar to how the Marquis Vincent de Gramont forced Mr. Nobody to maim his own hand as part of their deal. When asked about it, Caine states that the High Table didn't take his eyes, but rather that Caine gave them to the High Table.

Is there an alternate ending to John Wick 4? ›

In a new interview with Empire magazine, Stahelski confirmed that he filmed two different endings for the movie during production, one of which would have ended the speculation over John Wick's fate. However, test audiences saw both versions and the ending that ended up in theaters garnered a better reception.

What is the lesson of John Wick 4? ›

Spend time learning new skills and new knowledge everyday. Never underestimate your enemy. Marquis did not pay attention to the last dual fight between John Wick and Caine and assumed he already won. John Wick never, I mean NEVER gives up or gives in regardless of how many challenges or people are in his way.

What is John Wick 4 fighting for? ›

In the film, John Wick sets out to get revenge on the High Table and those who left him for dead.

What is going on in John Wick 4? ›

In John Wick: Chapter 4, Reeves' character uncovers a path to defeating the High Table, but before he can earn his freedom, Wick must face off against a new enemy with powerful alliances across the globe.

Why do people think John Wick 4 is good? ›

The positive reviews for John Wick: Chapter 4 are attributing the movie's success to its lively and thrilling action sequences, franchise-best choreography and breathtaking cinematography, and compelling performances from cast members like Keanu Reeves.

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