The world of film production hasn't been the same since the inception of the shared universe. Started by the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the idea of creating large scale franchises that utilizes serialized storytelling changed the game, especially when it comes to superhero properties. With shared universes now expanding to other genres like the MonsterVerse, it seems like any blockbuster has the potential to start a new massive world. But what about the Kingsman franchise? Does director Matthew Vaughn see the films continuing indefinitely, or would he prefer a more contained trilogy of stories? Here's what he told us,
I think there's a story in my head which will be finished by the end of the next one. And then after that then, of course, there could be Statesman movies, there could be spinoff character films. The universe could continue with new agents. Or, you know, Colin (Firth) could become Arthur (...) or new characters could come in. Or new kids get trained. There's so many options, but I also think it's better not to be too greedy.
Well, that seems pretty cut and dry, while also remaining honest about the way the film business works. Because while Matthew Vaughn is only planning on writing and directing a third Kingsman movie, he sees how the world could be expanded by the studio, as well. We'll just have to wait and see how many more years of over the top action and cool gadgets are in our future.
I recently had the chance to speak with Matthew Vaughn ahead of the release of Kingsman: The Golden Circle. The highly anticipated sequel will greatly expand the world of the franchise, as Julianne Moore's villainous Poppy brings on the destruction of Kingsman. In desperate need for allies, Eggsy (Taron Egerton) must turn to the agency's American counterparts, called Statesman, in order to save the world from her plot. And with the American agency comes a bevy of new characters, played by the likes of Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges, and Pedro Pascal.
These new characters certainly bring the possibility of spinoffs and standalone films. Because while Matthew Vaughn already has plans for a possible third film, there are now so many players that there would be plenty of wiggle room for 20th Century Fox to produce more films with our without his involvement. And with Vaughn currently in talks to direct the DCEU's sequel to Man of Steel, the director/writer's schedule might end up getting much more busy in the next few years.