“The King’s Man 2020” Trailer of Matthew Vaughn unveils The Spy Agency’s Original Members

Fox (and Disney) dropped the first teaser trailer to The Kings Man this morning. Yes, after two very successful present-tense Kingsman movies, we’re getting a prequel.

The good news is that this looks very good, and the very idea of a 007-ish spy movie/actioner set in the early 1900’s. This is at least qualifies as something relatively unique. The bad news, to the extent it matters, is that the project is a bet that audiences actually care about Kingsman as a brand.

The second trailer for Walt Disney Studios and 20th Century Fox’s The King’s Man shows the spy organization at war. Even though Fox is now part of Disney after the recent acquisition. One of their franchises that’s still getting another installment soon is Kingsman. Based on the Mark Millar comics, director Matthew Vaughn successfully brought them to the big screen a few years ago. Kingsman: The Secret Service was a surprise hit, prompting Fox to move forward with bigger plans for the franchise.

Even though Kingsman:

The Golden Circle wasn’t as big of a hit as many expect in 2017. Vaughn still made progress on making this franchise its own universe. The first step in that process is The King’s Man, which will transport viewers back in time to tell the origins of the secret organization. Only one trailer has been released for the prequel previously, but with the February release date approaching, Disney and Fox have just debuted another.

Premiering as a shorter version debuted on Sunday Night Football, 20th Century Fox shared the full second trailer for The King’s Man online shortly after. The trailer highlights Ralph Fiennes’ Duke of Oxford and Harris Dickinson’s Conrad in action, as well as the threat posed by Grigori Rasputin (Rhys Ifans). Fox also debuted a brand new poster for The King’s Man, which can be seen below the new trailer.

Just like the first trailer and the prior films in the Kingsman franchise

This new trailer for The King’s Man is filled with Vaughn’s usual style and action. The footage teases plenty of big set pieces and slick action from Vaughn’s direction. He’s already delivered very memorable moments like the church fight or finale of Kingsman, so there’s reason to believe that Vaughn can deliver some similarly dazzling sequences. Vaughn’s style will not be the only familiar element to audiences invested in this series though.

The King’s Man will have a similar mentor/mentee relationship between Fiennes and Dickinson as Colin Firth and Taron Egerton had in the previous installments. Their bond is not as clearly focused on in this trailer though, as The King’s Man marketing campaign highlights the other characters – like Djimon Hounsou and Gemma Arterton’s roles. Who will be part of the team too. They’ll be involved in the World War I-set fight against Rasputin and his army. Whose plans are otherwise not defined here. With more footage potentially on the way before next year, The King’s Man could reveal more of the story soon.

Kingsman: The Secret Service was a surprise smash in February of 2015

It earning $128 million domestic and $411 million worldwide alongside Fifty Shades of Grey’s $565 million run. It was one of the first cases where (I’d argue) geek-driven excitement over. What could have been a cult property successfully translated into mainstream interest. The core hook, “Pygmalion meets 007,” was a good one.

The unapologetically R-rated riff on Lewis Gilbert-era James Bond movies stood out alongside a whole bunch of spy flicks (Spy, Man from U.N.C.L.E., Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and finally Spectre) that year. The cast (newbie Taron Egerton surrounded by Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine and Mark Strong among others) appealed to general moviegoers in a “complete package” manner. And such, Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman had a new franchise on their hands.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle was an inferior film, mostly because it spent its entire running time narratively justifying the return of Firth’s Harry Hart. Who had been shockingly killed off in the first movie. The film spent its entire second and third acts tying itself in pretzels so that it could end with the “Eggsy and Harry as student and teacher” status quo. So, imagine my annoyance when the very next installment is a prequel. But wait, I thought audiences showed up because they wanted more adventures with Eggsy and Harry?

That’s a safe presumption, mind you.

Whatever value the core concept of Kingsman had in 2015. I would argue that the brand’s trump card in 2020 would have been Firth and Egerton doing their thing against more colorful super villains. Will audiences give a damn about seeing how the Kingsman got their start, complete with a cast of folks (Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson, Gemma Arterton, Djimon Hounsou, etc.) who are “known” without being draws? I’m not predicting doom-n-gloom, but this seems like a genuine risk in the year 2020.

INFO:

Rating: NR
Genre: Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By: Matthew Vaughn
Stars: Matthew Goode, Gemma Arterton, Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Written By: Matthew Vaughn, Karl Gajdusek, Jane Goldman
In Theaters: Feb 14, 2020 Wide
Studio: 20th Century Fox

Review

Speedy
It’s been two years since. I’ve seen the two Kingsman films and I forgot just how much I love them both. I watching the official trailer for The King’s Man has got me so pumped up! The action looks even more insane and so much fun! I never noticed that this cast is super stacked!

I had no clue Matthew Vaughn would be back to direct the prequel, I thought he was just going to serve as a producer. Now I’m really excited for this film!

Kiki
if yall don’t think i love taron egerton enough to watch movies he’s not even in, you’re wrong

love that welsh gremlin ageing faster than milk

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