They are actually the four horsemen of the apocalypse
This is just from seeing the trailer but...
Morgan Freeman is god from the Bruce Almighty movies and feels it's time to unleash some rapture.
- Jesse Eisenberg is Pestilence
- Woody Harrelson is War
- And the other two are Famine and Death.
- Hopefully this will be a darker more edgy turn, in this series of movies.
The tarot card symbolism and elaborate, needlessly complex tricks were to help kick start the magician's Awakenings. The Horsemen were chosen because they had skills that the order wanted in agents and the entire plot is to hopefully push them to awaken. Dylan just wanted to get some revenge on the side, but the targets could have been anyone. In addition, the public magic acts help enforce the idea that magic is just an illusion, protecting "true" magic from the masses.
There never was any "true magic"
Or "The Eye" for that matter. The ending? Well, five can keep a secret...
If four are dead.
- A sequel is in the works and the original cast members are set to return.
The sequel will feature a rogue member of The Eye
The 5 Horsemen will be tasked with tracking them down, using a combination of real magic and their regular skills. The rogue member will be revealed to be the groupie from the beginning of Now You See Me
and she will deliver the Wham Line
of "I thought you said you'd call me" to Atlas.
Merritt learned how to read people from Psych
- His greatest achievement was hypnotizing the actors on the show.
True magic isn't real, but the Eye is.
- The eye is a society of trustworthy magicians (going back as far as the legend says, or almost as far) that teach each other their secrets. New members are chosen due to having some amazing skill that the members want. In exchange, the members teach their skills to the new members, overall bettering the Eye as well as "magic". Merrit has skills that already seem supernatural, going beyond even Hollywood hypnosis. It stands to reason that there are others out there that have a similar level of skill in their art without "real magic".