Keanu Reeves attended Comic-Con to unveil a sneak peek trailer for John Wick 4, simply titled John Wick, even though the picture won’t be released in theatres until March 2023.
Chad Stahelski, the director of John Wick 4 was a panellist on the Collider’s Directors on Directing panel, which Reeves reportedly crashed.
The John Wick Story
The Boogeyman or “Baba Yaga,” John Wick (Reeves) is a renowned hitman who attempts to retire after finding love and getting married. After his wife dies, he regrettably finds himself lured back into the shadowy underworld by a senseless act of violence.
John Wick won’t let anything stop him from seeking vengeance. Prior to John Wick 4, The first John Wick received praise for its brisk pacing, jaw-dropping action sequences, and stylish noir vibe. It cost about $30 million to produce and brought in more than $88 million worldwide.
There was, of course, a sequel. In John Wick: Chapter Two, Wick fights a ton of Russian bad guys, but he also finds himself obligated (according to the professional hitman’s code) to complete one final mission.
Since he is John Wick, it goes without saying that he succeeds, but the client, Italian criminal lord Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio), tries to hide his tracks by placing a price on Wick’s head.
Wick ends up killing Santino, who has just been admitted to the High Table, inside the Continental Hotel in New York, which is supposed to be a haven for assassins. As a result, he is labelled “excommunicato,” which cuts him off from all the resources the hitman underground typically offers.
And that’s where John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum began, with Wick frantically looking for allies (and ammunition) to battle off pretty much the entire underworld of assassins who were all very keen to claim the $14 million bounty on his head.
Si vis pacem, para bellum, which means “If you want peace, prepare for war,” is referenced in the title. The situation escalated as expected when everyone’s favourite dog-loving hitman was involved after Wick virtually declared war on the High Table.
With a climactic twist that perfectly previewed John Wick 4, Parabellum came to a conclusion.
John struck a bargain with the elder in which he agreed to assassinate Winston (Ian McShane), the manager of the NYC Continental Hotel where Wick killed Santino, in exchange for forgiveness for his numerous offences against the High Table.
Winston had defied the order to resign from his position as payback for helping John, which is why. But when the moment arrived, John resisted finishing the task.
Therefore, the High Table sent out its army of assassins, Winston supplied the artillery, and John essentially eliminated them all. In the subsequent debate with the Adjudicator, Winston swore allegiance to the High Table and shot John, who fell to the ground from the rooftop.
For this episode, the four main characters—Reeves, McShane, Fishburne, and Lance Reddick as Charon, the sophisticated NYC Continental concierge—return.
Akira is one of the brand-new characters, and Japanese singer-songwriter Rina Sawayama is portraying her in her feature film debut.
We can surely expect some battle choreography that plays to her abilities because Stahelski cast her after noticing how she combined dance and martial arts in a few of her music videos.
Donnie Yen, a prominent action performer from Hong Kong, Hiroyuki Sanada, Shamier Anderson, Bill Skarsgard, Clancy Brown, and Scott Adkins are also cast in unspecified roles.
The events in Chapter 4 will occur in Jordan, America, Paris, and Berlin. The Comic-Con teaser doesn’t give us many story details.
Fans of the franchise are savvy consumers who rely on Stahleski to satisfy their needs. The teaser is effective.
John Wick 4 Teaser Trailer
Between action shots featuring samurai swords, nunchucks, bows and arrows, “dog fu,” daggers, and, of course, guns, guns, guns, we see shots of John pounding a roped pole that has already been bloodied from repeated use.
A man approaches John and inquires, “Have you given any thought to where this ends?”
The man continues, “The Table will never stop. You know this. No one, not even you, can kill everyone.”
John Wick 4 will be available in theatres from March 24, 2023.