You made a new life, you'll find a way to back to it. It's time to go home.
Marcus to John

Marcus was an assassin and a turned close friend to the hitman John Wick. He is eventually paid by Viggo Tarasov to turn on John and kill him, but eventually decided not to.



A member of the old guard of assassins who is battle-hardened, reliable, and amongst the elite. About the character of Marcus, Dafoe said, "Marcus is an assassin on a very high level. It's clear that he and [John] have a history, and he's something of a mentor to him. They’re friends, but it's a friendship that was made in a very dark world." Of Marcus's psychology, he also added that "He seems pragmatic; he seems fatalistic, which you would have to be in that line of work." Writer Kolstad stated, "Marcus is a father figure. But he’s a father in the sense that he’s the king of the pride. When a new lion takes over a pride, he slaughters all the cubs. Marcus is that guy."

Events of John WickEdit

After expressing his condolences to John at his wife's funeral, Viggo Tarasov hires Marcus to kill the former assassin. Marcus tracked John through the city, but, on every opportunity he got, he never tried to shoot.

When John was about to be attacked by Ms. Perkins, Marcus gives a warning shot to wake John before Ms. Perkin can kill him quietly in bed.

While Viggo's men captured John, Marcus shot one of the guards suffocating the former assassin. This allowed John to escape.

Later, Marcus met John by the river asking how many times he had to save his former student while giving a piece of life advice that sooner or later John would be forced to return to his old lifestyle as a hitman. Ms. Perkin watched both of them from a distance in the car, confirming Marcus's betrayal.

He was eventually taken captive by Viggo, who surprised him when he was walking in the middle of a street. Viggo calls John and ironically states that he appreciates how he granted his son a swift death and continues by saying that Marcus betrayed him for not fulfilling the contract, leaving him with no choice. Viggo blames Marcus for Iosef's death, saying, "You had every opportunity to kill John Wick, and if you had done your job my son would be still alive!".

Ms. Perkins soon shows up, but not for Marcus's surprise. Viggo taunts Marcus by saying he always liked him and noting that he is the last of the old guard. He continues by saying that unlike the others, Marcus would die on his way, to which Marcus replies, "No, my good sir. I go out on my own." He kills two bodyguards before being shot twice by Perkins. Viggo grabs his pistol, and before killing him, Marcus mocks him by saying, "See?". Vigo then fires at him six times, who later replies to a dead Marcus, "Well played old friend."


Equipment and skillsEdit

  • He seems to be pretty skilled with a sniper rifle, as he's seen in the movie saving John Wick several times by using one.
  • He seems to have moderate skill in fighting, as he's seen elbowing one of Viggo's guards then grabbed the other by the neck, killing both of them with a pistol.

Behind the scenesEdit

Marcus was portrayed by American actor Willem Dafoe. His casting in John Wick was confirmed on September 12, 2013.[1]



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