Last we saw of John Wick (Keanu Reeves), he'd been shot and left for dead. In the final moments of John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, the assassin survived and vowed to get revenge on the High Table. Now, in the first teaser for John Wick 4, he's back in action.

Reeves crashed Thursday's Directors on Directing panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2022, which included John Wick helmer Chad Stahelski as a panelist, to unveil the first gun-fu and samurai sword-filled footage from their forthcoming fourquel. JW4 will take the titular Wick from Japan to America to Paris, Berlin and Jordan as he takes on what seems to be the entirety of the criminal underworld.

"Have you given any thought to where this ends? The Table will never stop, you know this," Hiroyuki Sanada's Shimazu warns Baba Yaga in the teaser. "No one — not even you — can kill everyone."

Chapter 4 will co-star Laurence Fishburne as The Bowery King, Ian McShane as Continental hotelier Winston and Lance Reddick concierge Charon, along with franchise newcomers Bill Skarsgård, Rina Sawayama and the legendary Donnie Yen.

John Wick cinematographer Dan Lausten promised A.frame that JW4 goes "even further" than the previous chapters. "You have to be more powerful, more colorful. So, you always have to try to do something better," he teased. "And that's what we are trying to do [with this]."

John Wick 4 is set to hit theaters on March 24, 2023. Watch the "sneak peek" now:

The trailer comes one day after Lionsgate released a first-look photo of Reeves as John Wick, kneeling at some sort of candlelit altar and perhaps appealing to a higher power to assist in his mission. See the still below.

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Screenwriter Derek Kolstad recently revealed that the character of John Wick was originally written as a 75 years old. That was before Reeves "got his talons into it and made it his own," he explains in the new book, They Shouldn't Have Killed His Dog: The Complete Uncensored Oral History of John Wick, Gun Fu and the New Age of Action by Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman.

"The lead was a 75-year-old man, 25 years after being retired. It was the fun of watching Clint Eastwood kick ass. I thought, 'Okay, there's probably one or two names you could do this with: Clint Eastwood [or] Harrison Ford,'" Kolstad recalls. That all changed when Reeves' agent said he was interested in doing an action movie. "We give him the script, we tell him, 'Clearly, you’re not 75.'"

"We all agreed on the potential of the project," Reeves says for his part. "It has this emotional connection with John Wick, who's grieving, who's lost the love of his life and has this mythical dark past. I loved the quest that he goes on to reclaim his life, and the world he moves through to do it."

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