These days, no great action movie ends when the credits roll. When the bullets stop flying and the explosions stop erupting, fans are often treated to a brief cinematic button that either ties up loose ends or announces what lies ahead. With the release of John Wick 4 Many may be wondering if they need to look at the credits for bonus material.
The short answer is yes, there is a post-credits scene at the end John Wick 4. If the blinding spectacle of the fourth installment in director Chad Stahelski’s mind-blowing action franchise isn’t enough to keep you in your seat, to pay tribute to the countless people who worked on it, rest assured that a briefing will reward you will be an extra scene before the lights in the theater come back on.
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So what’s left to say at the end of John Wick’s (Keanu Reeves) latest adventure? If you’re too eager to sit through the credits (or have already left the theater without realizing anything happened), you’ve come to the right place. However, if you don’t want the post-credits scene revealed to you, stop reading here!
Spoilers for the John Wick 4 post-credits scene below:
The film ends on a somber note that gives the franchise a nice touch should this be its final chapter. Appropriately, all of our remaining goodies have happy endings of some sort, except for Wick himself, of course… Or do they?
After dueling friend-turned-foe Caine (Donnie Yen), Wick’s tricky move results in his own death, but not before taking down the Marquis (Bill Skarsgard). Wick’s dark trickery also fulfills The High Table’s promise to relieve Caine of his obligations, allowing him to see his daughter safely.
The post-credits scene kicks in when Caine is finally about to reunite with his daughter, a street musician. However, it appears that the blind assassin has forgotten a promised blood debt that exists outside of the High Table. As he walks through a busy public square where his daughter is performing, he is approached by a hooded assassin, revealed to be Akira (Rina Sawayama), who draws a blade before the screen goes black. Is this the end of Caine? Or will his keen senses allow him to “see” another threat coming and take action?
It’s hard to know who to cheer for. Although Caine manages to win over audiences by the end of the film, in his opening action sequence he duels to the death with Akira’s father Shimazu (Hiroyuki Sanada) in order to find and kill Wick. After seeing her father die right before her eyes, she makes it clear to Wick that if he doesn’t retaliate, she will. Wick didn’t exactly get the job done (circumstances change on the field), so the film ends with Akira taking matters into his own hands.
Unfortunately, the conclusion to this blood debt is left to the viewer’s imagination. Though John Wick 4 has a serious finality, that cliffhanger post-credits scene leaves room for at least something to be resolved in a potential fifth film should those in power decide to get back together. Then again, there’s always room for recurring characters in the franchise’s upcoming spin-offs, including the Ballerina movie starring Ana De Armas and Peacock’s The Continental prequel series.
Watch the John Wick movies on SYFY, USA Network and Peacock.