Marcus is 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.



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 Wick

He was eventually taken up 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 fullfilling 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 is able to kill two bodyguards before being shot twice by Perkins. Viggo grabs his pistol and before killing him, Marcus mocks him by saying "See?". He is then shot six times by Viggo, who later replies to a dead Marcus "Well played old friend."


Equipment and skills

  • 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 guard then grabbed the other by the neck, killing both of them with a pistol.

Behind the scenes

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



  1. Willem Dafoe joins Keanu Reeves thriller 'John Wick', DigitalSpy.
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