The Equalizer 2 (sometimes promoted as The Equalizer II or EQ2) is a 2018 American thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua. It is the 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. It follows retired United States Marine and ex-DIA agent Robert McCall as he sets out on a path of revenge after one of his friends is killed. The film is the fourth collaboration between Washington and Fuqua, following Training Day (2001), The Equalizer (2014), and The Magnificent Seven(2016).
Former Marine and Defense Intelligence Agency spy Robert McCall now lives in a diverse apartment complex in urban Massachusetts. McCall works as a Lyft driver and assists the less fortunate with the help of his friend, Susan Plummer. McCall anonymously travels to Istanbul by train to retrieve a local bookstore owner’s daughter who was kidnapped by her father. McCall also mercilessly beats a group of men for drugging and raping an intern who he took to the hospital to have her stomach pumped. McCall also helps Sam Rubinstein, an elderly Holocaust survivor who is looking for a painting of his sister; the two siblings were separated when they were transported to different camps by the Nazis, but the painting is found to be auctioned off and Sam cannot prove that he owns the painting. After discovering that the apartment courtyard has been vandalized, McCall accepts an offer from Miles Whittaker, a young resident with an artistic but troubled background, to repaint the walls.
One day, Susan and DIA operative Dave York, McCall’s former teammate, are called to investigate an apparent murder-suicide of an agent and his wife in Brussels. When the two agents separate after reaching their hotel, Susan is brutally murdered in an apparent robbery after a violent struggle. After receiving the news of Susan’s death, McCall immediately investigates both her death and the case she was investigating. After reviewing elevator CCTVs, McCall determines that the assailants were hired to kill Susan because they knew on which floor her room was located. McCall also determines that the murder-suicide incident into which Susan was looking was, in fact, a murder, and that Susan’s death is connected to it. McCall informs York of his findings.