I’m not always the biggest fan of action movies, but I’ve developed a slow appreciation for the “John Wick” franchise. It’s the kind of series I’ve kept up with on planes and streaming services.
The original “John Wick” broke a fundamental rule of moviemaking in that audiences don’t generally respond well to films where dogs die. There’s even a whole website called Does the Dog Die? that’s devoted to providing trigger warnings for that kind of content. Yet “John Wick” managed to build its entire plot around the concept of an assassin coming out of retirement to avenge the death of his dog.
The series has already taken us into a hotel for assassins, the Continental, and done some interesting world-building. Now, based on Reeves’ comments, it sounds like it’s poised to expand its universe even more.
The last film, “John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum,” teased a team-up between Wick and Laurence Fishburne’s Bowery King for “Chapter 4,” so if you’re disappointed that “The Matrix Resurrections” isn’t bringing back Fishburne as Morpheus, you’ll still be able to get your Reeves/Fishburne fix in the world of John Wick.
“John Wick: Chapter 4” is coming to theaters on May 27, 2022.