169 minutes of crazy action in a unique atmosphere: “John Wick: Chapter 4” gives all fans of the series exactly what they have been dreaming about at night for the past nine years. The desire for another screen appearance by Keanu Reeves in his signature role should have increased accordingly. But is a fifth film even possible? We summarize the situation for you, but be careful, there are spoilers for the plot and resolution of the current part.
Warning: Spoilers follow regarding the plot and ending of John Wick: Chapter 4.
Although it was originally planned to shoot “John Wick: Chapter 5” in the best “Avatar” manner parallel to the fourth part, this idea was ultimately rejected. Nothing should disturb the work on “John Wick: Chapter 4”, which can confidently be described as successful in view of the epic result. Conversely, does that mean that we can’t expect any more films from the successful series?
From a purely economic point of view, John Wick’s exit would be a big surprise, after all the box office results increased from film to film and “John Wick: Chapter 4” should also hit the box office like a bomb. In any case, it is hard to imagine that the most elaborate and spectacular “John Wick” film to date could flop.
So “John Wick 5” should come, even if Keanu Reeves keeps a low profile in the interview and urges us to enjoy the current film first. His director, Chad Stahelski, agrees but still finds an answer when asked who he would like to work with on another John Wick film.
From a purely commercial point of view, there is no way around “John Wick 5”, but how could Keanu Reeves return as a contract killer? Finally, the finale of John Wick: Chapter 4 concludes with the former assassin no longer having any obligations to the High Chamber, but enjoying only moments of his newfound freedom before succumbing to the serious injuries he sustained in a duel with the Marquis de Gramont.
In preparation for the spectacle, you can stream John Wick: Chapter 3 with the Sky Q Combo Pack. The first two films are available to buy or rent on Amazon Prime Video.
John Wick 5: Is John Wick’s death in the fourth film just a bluff?
While the Bowery King also mourns the death of John Wick, it would not be surprising if John Wick’s passing were merely a ruse so that he could finally live an undisturbed life outside the world order of the High Chamber. This trick was already tried at the end of “John Wick: Chapter 3”, but without success, which is why it seems logical to stage the supposed death of John Wick in a particularly convincing way.
Then there’s the post-credits scene where John Wick’s friend Caine could get murdered. Although the resolution was deliberately left out, the murder of Caine would be a motive for John Wick to interrupt his self-imposed retirement and become the avenger again.
Assessment: How realistic is the chance that “John Wick 5” will really come?
At the end of the day, John Wick: Chapter 4 could really be the final film in the series, ending with the death of its hero a free man. This would have brought his story to a dignified conclusion and everyone involved could devote themselves to new projects away from the world of John Wick. However, the scenario that “John Wick: Chapter 4” becomes a box office hit that everyone wants to repeat again in “John Wick 5” is more realistic. There are also ways in which the apparently dead John Wick could return within the story thanks to the post-credits scene.
Accordingly, we assume that the end of the bloody flagpole has not yet been reached, even if we currently have no official announcement about “John Wick 5”. That could come with the streaming release of John Wick: Chapter 4 at the end of the year. A possible cinema release of “John Wick 5” would then be conceivable in 2025 or 2026. Until then, let’s enjoy the current film, which will start in cinemas on March 23, 2023.