Action-heavy franchises are commonplace in the film industry, but there are certain properties that bring something unique... in addition to plenty of explosions and stunts. The Kingsman movies are a prime example, Matthew Vaughn's movies are infused with some quirky humor, and over the top gadgets. The first two movies did quite well in theaters, and now a prequel is coming, appropriately titled The King's Man. The upcoming blockbuster will reveal the origin of the titular team of agents, and the first trailer just arrived. Check it out below.
Does anyone else have chills? The King's Man looks a bit more realistic than its predecessors, and brings proper warfare into the property for the first time. Although just how the events of the trailer eventually set up The Kingsman as we know it is a total mystery.
The trailer opens on the battlefield, in stark juxtaposition to the squeaky clean and technologically driven settings from the first two Kingsman movies. It's clear that the prequel will be far more gritty than its predecessors, as the characters are shown using regular weapons and artillery-- rather than briefcases and umbrellas that have massive destructive power. Still, smart money says we'll see the beginning of that iconic tech throughout the course of the upcoming prequel.
While the tech may be pulled back for The King's Man, Matthew Vaughn's latest addition to the franchise does appear to have the style of its predecessors. Typically, the agents of the titular group operate out of the fine men's suit store, so the property has become synonymous with secret agents who are dapper throughout their adventures. Clearly the prequel will be more gritty than the first movies, but the store itself does make its debut in the final moments of this first teaser.
The King's Man cast will be lead by none other than the great Ralph Fiennes. Fiennes has had a long and impressive career in film, with credits including Schindler's List, and playing Voldemort in the Harry Potter movies. Plus, he's the current reigning M in the James Bond franchise, expected to reprise his role in the mysterious Bond 25. Since he's already dipped his toes in spy movies, he should have a good frame of reference when playing real-life figure T. E. Lawrence.
Joining Ralph Fiennes is an impressive cast of familiar faces. The great Liam Neeson will be playing Herbert Kitchener, with MCU actors Daniel Bruhl, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Djimon Hounsou helping to round out the cast. But that's not all, as Game of Thrones' Charles Dance and the always delightful Stanley Tucci will also help bring The King's Man to life in theaters.
In addition to the first trailer, The Kings' Man also debuted a poster, which highlights the franchise's signature sense of style. Check it out below.
It should be interesting to see just how The Kingsman was eventually formed, and became the fictional organization that has entertained audiences on both the page and big screen. Matthew Vaughn has helmed every installment in the property, so he no doubt has a specific plan for continuing the story of the group. Kingsman: The Golden Circle helped to expand the fictional universe, and The Kings' Man will be the first movie in the franchise without Taron Egerton's Eggsy.
The King's Man will answer our questions when it arrives in theaters February 14th, 2020. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.