Was Marcus John Wicks mentor

The entire John Wick timeline has been explained

By Matthew Jackson / .29. May 2019 4:57 p.m. EDT

In 2014 a small film was released about a retired assassin to avenge his dog. Not least thanks to the star power of Keanu Reeves and some killer fight choreography, John Wick quickly rose from medium-weight action thriller to phenomenon, and a franchise was born.

Two sequels have since followed, each documenting John's reluctant journey through a complicated and heavily mythologized criminal underworld that he once wanted to leave behind. Each chapter in the saga adds more color and detail to the world, and while much of it remains mysterious, we get a clearer picture of who John is and how his life has evolved with each episode.

With that in mind, let's get into that John Wick Previous timeline examining what we know about Mr. Wick's past, criminal career, motivations ... and what he's up to next.

Early life

Not much is known about John Wick's early life, but we learn in John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum that 'John Wick' is not his real name. When desperate for help after his excommunication, he goes to the director (Anjelica Huston) and during their meeting the audience is told that his real name is Jardani Jovanovich and that his ancestry is Belarusian. That legacy, and John's status as the last of his tribe, is enough to ensure a safe transition from New York City to Casablanca.

Furthermore, all we can say reliably about John Wick's early life is that he entered the United States Marine Corps at some point, which we can guess from the tattoo on his upper back. It is' Fortis Fortuna Adiuvat ', Latin for' Fortune Favors the Bold ', the motto of the 3rd Marine Regiment stationed in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii (which itself is probably a nod to Reeves' own Hawaiian heritage). It's possible he got this tattoo just because he thought it was cool, but tattoos and military service are often linked inside and outside of popular culture, so it's a solid bet.


The John Wick Movies don't tell us exactly when or how John became a killer, but they do hint at certain things - namely, that Wick's main mentor may have been Marcus (Willem Dafoe), his friend and co-killer, who ultimately contracts to kill him first film. It's entirely possible that they served in the military together and that Marcus first took up the fighter's life, paving the way for his somewhat younger friend to eventually join. However their bond developed, Marcus appears to have taught John some of his tricks.

What we to do I'm sure John was a natural killer and quickly developed a reputation that earned him the nickname, Baa yaga. 'He was the boogeyman for the most dangerous people in the world, and he could kill with tremendous efficiency in just about any way imaginable - including with a pencil.

At some point during his career as a sought-after and feared assassin, John did his girlfriend Sofia (Halle Berry) a favor, who asked her to offer him a blood oath token that he could later redeem.

The impossible task

At some point in his career as an assassin, Wick was hired by Viggo Tarasov (Michael Nyqvist), a mob boss with great ambitions. During this time, Wick killed three men in a bar with a pencil. Then, although the life he had chosen was supposed to be permanent, Wick approached Tarasov and asked him to leave because he was in love with a woman. Tarasov agreed to retire Wick, but only if he was 'doing a job no one could have done'. Tarasov doesn't go into details in the films, but Wick's legendary 'Impossible Task' was apparently a string of assassinations, and 'the bodies he buried that day' paved the way for Tarasov and his family to make their way through the ranks of the organized crime to levy.

After Wick completed his impossible task, he was allowed to withdraw from his life as a hit man, and Tarasov became one of the most powerful men in the crime world. During the 'Impossible Task', however, Wick also sought the help of his friend Santino D'Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio), who secured Wick a blood oath marker for his problems.

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With the impossible task done, Wick left the world of crime and went so far as to bury his weapons and leave gold under concrete in his basement. He married Helen and the two went on to live happily together. Unfortunately, this luck should not last.

At some point in the course of their marriage, Helen fell ill. The disease was fatal and she died shortly before the events of the first John Wick Movie. The films are rarely about Helen or her illness, but of course we do know that her death affected John a lot, to the point that he is willing to stay alive if only he remembers her, so that he has done everything to have a life with her will be worth it.

We can also conclude that Helen was a wise woman who knew death was coming and also knew that her husband would not handle the grieving process well on his own. To ease his pain, sometime before she died, she had a puppy delivered to his doorstep to help him keep going.

Revenge for Daisy

The main events of the first John Wick The film begins just a few days after Helen's death, when apparently several years have passed since John's retirement as an assassin. We can conclude that Viggo Tarasov's little son Iosef (Alfie Allen) seems to be the only resident of the criminal underworld who does not know who John is. We know The because after seeing Wick's classic Ford Mustang, Iosef and his friends decide to carry out a home invasion and steal the car. They also kill Wick's new pup, Daisy ... and make the mistake of leaving Wick alive.

When Iosef takes the Mustang to a chop shop to have its VIN changed, the news spreads in the underworld of sin he has just committed while John digs up his guns and gold in search of vengeance prepared. Viggo Tarasov berates his son for what he's done, but still prepares to go to war with Wick and even signs a contract to have Wick killed in the process. Some of the world's most talented assassins try not to stop Wick as he runs through the Tarasov family, eventually killing both Iosef and Viggo.

Finally the vendetta ends in the chop shop of Viggo's brother Abram (Peter Stormare), where Wick picks up his car and makes peace. He returns home and buries his weapons again.

The marker

John returns home with a new, nameless dog and tries to get on with his life, but his peace is quickly broken by Santino, who arrives to receive the marker John had given him years earlier in exchange for Santino's help with the impossible task. John initially rejects Santino's request to honor the marker, and Santino retaliates by destroying John's house. John travels to New York City again and, on the encouragement of Winston (Ian McShane), the owner of New York Continental (a hotel that exists as a haven for criminals with strict rules of the underworld), agrees to meet with Santino.

Santino plans to hire John to murder his sister Gianna (Claudia Gerini), who is about to rise to a seat at the High Table, a council of crime lords that rules the entire underworld. With his sister out of the way, Santino could claim the high table seat for himself, but he can't kill her because it would start a war among the assassins. Reluctantly, John agrees and travels to Italy to kill Gianna. When he arrives and secretly meets Gianna during their coronation celebrations, we learn that the two are old friends (although we don't learn much about their history). Gianna knows John is bound by a blood oath to carry the hit and cuts her wrists open to die on her own terms. When she passes out in a bathroom, John puts a bullet in her head.


While he was still honoring the marker by killing Gianna, Santino's chief bodyguard Ares (Ruby Rose) was watching John. In the catacombs under Gianna's grounds, Santino's henchmen attack John. Santino always intends to double cross his old friend and tie all sorts of loose ends connected with his coup against his sister. John fights his way out and returns to New York City, where he learns that Santino has signed a $ 7 million contract against him to publicly take revenge for his sister's death.

Gianna's loyal bodyguard Cassian (Common) tries to take advantage of this contract and avenge it, but John defeats him in battle and eventually seeks refuge with the Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne), who grants him a seven-bullet weapon that he can use Seeking revenge on Santino. John fights his way through Santino's guards, but Santino himself takes refuge in the Continental, where one of the main rules is that no blood can be shed for corporate reasons. John breaks this rule and shoots Santino in the head in the hotel lounge, forcing Winston to declare him 'excommunicated'. In honor of their friendship, Winston gives John an hour to escape before a life contract goes into effect.

The oldest

Before his one-hour reprieve has expired, other assassins are determined to kill John Wick. In search of refuge, John pulls a crucifix and a final marker from a dummy book in the New York Public Library and visits the director. She 'tears up his ticket' and marks him with the crucifix, which means that all of his favors have been used up. This is enough to take him to Casablanca, where he can find Sofia and use the marker she gave him to ask for a favor.

This favor - after first battling assassin Berrada (Jerome Flynn) over one of Sofia's dogs - is ultimately a journey to find the elder (Said Taghmaoui), who is the only one left to restore his status at the high table and allow him to go on living his life. John explains that he wants to move on so that he can carry on the memory of his wife, Helen, and the eldest offers him a deal. If John shows his loyalty by killing Winston and continuing to serve as a high table assassin, he can go on living. John agrees to this deal by severing his own ring finger and giving the elder his wedding ring as a token of devotion.

The judge

While John tries overseas to restore his status with the high table, an adjudicator (Asia Kate Dillon) comes to New York to seek justice for the mistakes made in the name of the high table John Wick: Chapter 2. To do this, the adjudicator recruits Zero (Mark Dacascos), a loyal assassin, and they begin their work. For his role in giving John an hour's head start, the adjudicator tells Winston that he has seven days to get his affairs in order before he is removed from the continental.

The adjudicator then goes to the principal and has Zero stabbed a sword through both hands in retaliation for her role in John's escape. Then they visit the Bowery King. As punishment for providing the gun and the seven bullets with which John killed Santino on continental grounds, the adjudicator orders Zero to give the Bowery King seven cuts with his sword. The Bowery King is badly wounded but survived.

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'Prepare for War'

John returns to New York City after meeting the Elder, but his restoration of service at the High Table will not be complete until he kills Winston. After Zero's men are pursued, both John and Winston decide to refuse their orders from the table. Winston is not going to step down as manager of the Continental and John is not going to kill his old friend. In response, the adjudicator orders the desecration of the New York Continental, and a group of high table enforcers arrive to kill Winston, John, and anyone loyal to them, including the Continental's concierge, Charon (Lance Reddick).

Although initially struggling to fend off the SWAT-like enforcers with their bulletproof armor, John and Charon defeat the squad with armor-piercing rounds. John then fights on against Zero and his men and just walks away victorious. Winston uses his defeat to the high table enforcers as a lever to negotiate with the adjudicator, who decides to shape the Continental's defense as a 'mark of strength' from Winston. To prove his loyalty to the high table, Winston shoots John, who falls from the hotel roof.

The Bowery Alliance

The adjudicator agrees to rededicate the Continental Valley and bring Winston back to power, but when they look for John's body in the alley, he's gone. The Adjudicator makes it clear that John remains a threat to both Winston and the High Table that Winston is all too aware of.

John, badly wounded but alive, is transported to the Bowery King by his servants. The king, still suffering from his sword wounds and having difficulty walking, makes it clear that he does not accept the high table's punishment. The Bowery King declares that he is ready to wage war on the table to remove it from its territory and asks John if he is ready to fight back as well. John says he's setting the stage for a confrontation.

Shortly thereafter John Wick: Chapter 3 has been released, Lionsgate confirms that a fourth film in the series will be released on May 21, 2021, setting the stage for the war between the Bowery and the High Table. If you want peace, prepare for war, indeed.