John Wick: Chapter 4 has brought on so many big martial arts stars, delivering on the high expectations this sets up needs to be a priority.
John Wick: Chapter 4 needs to devote more attention than ever to the martial arts that is the franchise’s stock and trade. From the start of the John Wick series, martial arts has been an integral element of each film, and as the series at large has gotten increasingly grand and complex as it’s moved ahead, so too have its fight scenes. However, the fourth John Wick has expectations skyrocketing ahead of its release next year, thanks to the casting of prominent martial arts movie stars. This is an opportunity the franchise can’t afford to waste.
As the film has entered production (following, as most films tend to at the moment, a COVID-19 delay), John Wick: Chapter 4 has cast Marko Zaror, Donnie Yen, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Scott Adkins. For martial arts fans, to call this a big deal would be putting it mildly, and even more casual moviegoers have a decent awareness of at least one or two of those names. Not only are all of them incredible martial artists, but each has also been involved in quite a few beloved action hits.