Keanu Reeves' cold-blooded cinematic assassin John Wick becomes a Rick and Morty character in new fan art. With the news that Reeves will return as Neo in Matrix 4, it seems the once-dismissed actor's career renaissance has at last reached perfect completion. Of course, the Reeves comeback actually began in earnest back in 2014 when he starred as the titular assassin in Chad Stahelski and David Leitch's cult action film John Wick.
After the original Wick proved to be a sleeper hit, a re-ascending Reeves was brought back for the sequel John Wick: Chapter 2, which expanded the story's universe while also setting up another sequel. That third Wick movie, John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, came out in May of 2019 and again built out the world (a little too much in some people's eyes) while grossing $320 million worldwide. With box office numbers like that, it's no surprise that John Wick will return for another sequel currently titled John Wick: Chapter 4. There are also plans for a Wick universe TV show called The Continental, which as the name suggests is centered on the movies' mysterious assassins' hotel.
As the John Wick universe continues to expand, it seems the next logical step might be into the world of animation. In fact, an animated John Wick is exactly what fan artist mjhiblenart imagined when they posted their take on what would happen if Wick had his DNA fused with Rick from the Adult Swim show Rick and Morty. See the art in the space below:
Of course, Rickified John Wick gets a pair of companions in a very Morty-like version of Wick's unnamed pet pitbull, as well as the Rick and Morty character Pencilvester. Wick obviously is known for his ability to kill people using any implement available, including the humble pencil. The ability to improvise weapons is in fact a trait Wick shares in common with Rick and Morty's Rick Sanchez, who himself often uses his gigantic scientific brain to whip up means of dealing death at a moment's notice (even in his Pickle Rick form, he has no problem arming himself with whatever is at hand). Ultimately, it's hard to decide who is actually more violent, Wick or Rick, as both have unleashed massive levels of carnage in the past.
As fanciful as it may be to think of John Wick mashing up with the Rick and Morty universe, such a crossover does not seem entirely outside the realm of possibility. Rick and Morty has indeed welcomed in plenty of celebrity guests in the past, and is certainly filled with references to other movies and TV shows, so perhaps Reeves will one day bring Wick to the show. A showdown between Rick and Wick might actually be amazing, and would definitely be bloody.
- John Wick: Chapter 4 (2021) release date: May 21, 2021