Spoilers ahead for Kingsman: The Golden Circle. The sequel is currently in theaters, so be sure to check it out if you don't want to be spoiled.
Since the inception of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, shared universes and major franchises are seemingly everywhere. While sequels used to signify a single addition, trilogies and shared universes are being planned way ahead of time. So what's next for the Kingsman franchise? I recently had the chance to speak with director/writer Matthew Vaughn about his sequel, and plans for the future of the franchise. When I asked what a possible third film would entail, he told me:
The end of this movie, if you think about it: you have Eggsy's definitely going to go on a new journey. Galahad, or Harry Hart's going on a new journey. Tequila's going on a new journey. Jeff's (Bridges) going on a new journey, Halle (Berry), the new agent Whiskey, is. The next movie is what happens to these characters. They're definitely not going to be doing what you've seen them do before.
And there were certainly some major changes by the time Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman trilogy ended. The film closed with Eggsy seemingly leaving Kingsman behind so he could focus on his nuptials with the newly rescued Princess Tilde. As such, Channing Tatum's Tequila (who was largely absent in the film), starts to work at Kingsman and presumably becomes the next Galahad (unless Harry Hart took that role back) following Eggsy's departure. There are also plenty of changes happening over at Statesman, with Halle Berry's Ginger Ale finally becoming a field agent and replacing Pedro Pascal's villainous Whiskey.
But this ending is seemingly only the tip of the iceberg, as the characters will reportedly change quite a bit with the planned third Kingsman film. Of course, there will have to be some sort of emergency that inspires Eggsy to once again pop on the glasses and kick more ass. There will no doubt be another quirky villain involved, since both Valentine and Poppy are presumably staying dead through the end of the trilogy. Although Colin Firth's Harry Hart came back from the dead, so I guess resurrection is on the table.
Of course, there is the possibility that 20th Century Fox won't green light a third Kingsman film. The critical reception has been a bit more icy than the first film, so it'll likely depend largely on box office performance. Luckily, The Golden Circle's biggest competition is currently the weeks old IT.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle is currently in theaters now. Be sure to check out our 2017 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.