The Equalizer 2 (sometimes promoted as The Equalizer II or EQ2) is a 2018 American thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua. It is a sequel to the 2014 film The Equalizer, which was based on the TV series of the same name. The film stars Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders, Melissa Leo, and Bill Pullman, and follows retired DIA agent Robert McCall as he sets out on a path of revenge after one of his friends is killed. It is the fourth collaboration between Washington and Fuqua, following the first film, Training Day (2001), and The Magnificent Seven (2016).
Talks of an Equalizer sequel began seven months prior to the release of the first film, in 2014. The project was officially announced in April 2015, with Washington set to reprise his role, and Fuqua confirming his return to direct in September 2016. Filming began in September 2017, and took place in Boston, as well as other areas around Massachusetts and Istanbul, Turkey. It marks the first time Denzel Washington has ever starred in a sequel to one of his films.
The Equalizer 2 was released in the United States on July 20, 2018, by Sony Pictures Releasing. The film has grossed over $47 million and received mixed reviews from critics, who praised Washington’s performance and the action sequences, but disliked the pacing and number of subplots.