We already knew from the first teaser trailer that Matthew Vaughn‘s The King’s Man was going to be a VERY different from his previous two hit Kingsman movies from the first trailer, but the second trailer goes even further into new territory.
Vaugn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service and its sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle were loosely based on Mark Millar & Dave Gibbons‘ The Secret Service comics, starring Taron Egerton as a new recruit to the Kingsman agency, being mentored by Colin Firth. The two movies did decently, about $400 million each worldwide, creating a nice bit of IP for Fox before being bought by Disney. Since the movie was already in production, it was going to move forward, but it shows great confidence in Disney to be promoting the movie this far in advance of its February 14 (Valentine’s Day!) release in 2020.
The King’s Man is a prequel that tells the origin of the Kingsman secret service agency with a cast that includes Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Harris Dickinson, Daniel Brühl with Djimon Hounsou (making his fourth or fifth comic book movie appearance!) and Charles Dance from Game of Thrones.
As you can see from the trailer below, The King’s Man will allow Vaughn to play in a few new territories including some medieval knight type stuff — which makes sense, going by the Kingsman’s King Arthur-based codenames — as well as some straight up World War I action. And some of it even looks a bit like Downton Abbey! The thing is that Vaughn has been able to go so far off from the comics into his own territory that this really has become his own franchise in some ways.
I’ve been a Matthew Vaughn fan for quite some time, and you have to give the filmmaker huge credit for bringing some of the more esoteric comic book fare like Millar’s Kick-Ass and Kingsman and the Neil Gaiman-Charles Vess fantasy tale Stardust to the big screen. He’s also played in the world of something called “the X-Men” whom you may have heard of, his prequel X-Men: First Class washing the bad taste of X-Men: the Last Stand (which he was originally supposed to direct) out of a few mouths. (Vaughn was also originally supposed to direct the original Thor for Marvel Studios.)
Check out the new The King’s Man trailer (and a few new photos!) below and let us know what you think.