John Wick 3: Parabellum is expected to hit theaters next May, and fans are already trying to unravel its mysteries.
In its groundbreaking second chapter, the John Wick franchise expanded its world immensely. The past of our favorite skilled assassin remains very much uncharted despite tiny flashbacks providing windows into his life. The future is even more unclear as he finds himself literally on the run with his dog in the aftermath of being ex-communicado from his organization.
With a sequel fast approaching, die-hard fans have picked the first two movies apart looking for clues and theories about what may lie ahead, as well as devising ideas all on their own. The movie has powerful themes and motifs that speak for themselves, but that does not make it much easier to imagine where the filmmakers will go narratively.
It does, however, leave plenty of room for the Internet's favorite activity -- speculation. Here's a look at some of the leading fan theories for John Wick 3: Parabellum.
John Wick double tapped almost everybody he wanted dead. A couple of shots to the leg or chest were never enough. The man made it a point to squeeze the trigger for a headshot to ensure the threat was eliminated.
Two characters John Wick left behind without finishing them off was Common's Cassian and Ruby Rose's Ares. While neither are listed in the film's cast just yet, they could easily make surprise appearances unannounced.
John likely knew he might bend some rules to get his revenge this time around. If Cassian and Ares are for some reasons disbanded from the group as he has been and made into targets, a team-up in the third installment with three times the assassins on the side of the good guys would make for more epic action and a continued development of the world in which they operate.
In John Wick: Chapter 2, Keanu Reeves reunited with his Matrix co-star Laurence Fishburne, who is expected to come back for Parabellum as well. If they turn out to be allies in Chapter 3, we only need one more piece of the Matrix puzzle...
Let's cast Carrie Anne-Moss as John's ally, boss, or aid of some sort for the third chapter!
We know John Wick can drive cars impressively — but can he fly a plane?
It does seem like there is nothing the man is not trained in. His kill count with pencils now hits at least five. So, let's take him off of earth's comfortable surface and see what he can do with an airplane.
We will gladly settle for some more car chases, though, seeing as the one featured in Chapter 2 was epic but left us wishing for more.
This entire saga began on the big screen because John Wick's dog was killed.
We don't want to experience another trauma where the dog dies. Luckily, the new pup survived Chapter 2. However, John has nobody to look out for him when Chapter 3 rolls around unless somebody from his past surfaces.
We can even toss the dog into the action to aid John as the world's best assassins are hunting him down — think: Dead 2 Rights!
The mystery of John Wick is one of the story's most captivating parts. Still, as the world-building gets more and more grandiose, fans will want to know about how this seemingly sympathetic man became "The Baba Yaga."
The third act of this epic saga would be the perfect time to insert some background on John's tortured past. Fans would love a clearer look at how he became a killer, and how the killer was turned soft by love. This could also inject some self-doubt in a climactic scene, forcing John to confront his own nature.
Fans went ballistic when the first photos emerged showing Halle Berry in costume for Parabellum. Clad in black from head to t oe and accompanied by not one but TWO dogs, she cuts an impressive figure as she struts into the franchise.
So far, there is no information on what part Berry's character, Sofia, will play in the story. Fans are hopeful that she will be one of John's last remaining allies in the criminal underworld. The presence of dogs around her is a good sign — at the very least, John can win her over with his Caesar Milan powers.
Even if Berry does turn out to be an antagonist, the hopes expressed on slide four extend to all dogs involved.
Some fans have a very intersting theory for Parabellum — they believe John has been dead the entire time. The idea is a stretch, but it is not out of the question. The series is begins with death and catastrophe, then traces a series of tragedy after tragedy. The central hero himself never seems to catch a break, or enjoy a single moment on screen.
This gave some the idea that the movies are following John Wick through his personal hell. The most striking thing about John is that he is a reluctant assassin, who does not want to kill people yet is left no choice. For him, a two-hour action movie full of gunfire and destruction would be a sort of eternal punishment.
"That was the [prequel,]" joked one fan on Reddit in response to this theory. "It was called Constantine."
"Dante's Inferno with John Wick?" added another.
We can't necessarily say this is something we want from John Wick 3: Parabellum, but it is certainly a theory worth considering.
No John Wick film would be complete without a trip to the tailor. So far, both additions to the franchise have seen John gearing up in black from head to toe, mixing formal, tactical and goth aesthetics for his own unique look.
In the new move, John will be off the grid, unaided and unable to pay for the services that make his job possible. However, hopefully this won't mean that he'll be under-dressed.
keanu reeves riding a horse on the set of john wick 3 pic.twitter.com/aUDG8mvQ6j— keanu doing things (@keanuthings) July 17, 2018
Some of the leaked set photos from John Wick 3: Parabellum have shown our hero hurtling through the city streets on horseback. Obviously, there are a million ways this could shake out, but many fans are hoping for a good explanation for this scene.
The horse is actually no small choice for the filmmakers. One of John Wick's defining characteristics is his love for stunt driving — it's one of the very few things he's been shown to be good at besides killing. Putting him on a horse instead of behind the wheel could be a symbolic choice of some kind, though we will have to see it in context to see exactly what it means.
Parabellum is a Latin word, translating directly to "prepare for war." On the surface, this simply means that the third movie in the series will be filled with violence, just as its predecessors were. However, it also indicates that John is no longer working within the system of the criminal underground — he is working against it, shattering the conventions that allow it stay in place.
With this in mind, the trilogy could reach a grand finale if John were to bring some kind of lasting change to his odd corner of the world. It would be satisfying to see him put an end to the industry that took everything away from him, ensuring that no one suffers the way he has.