|Original work||The Secret Service (2012–13)|
|Owned by||Mark Millar|
The Walt Disney Company
(via 20th Century Fox)
|Films and television|
|Short film(s)||#TBT: That Time Archer Met Kingsman (2017)|
|Television series||Kingsman (TBA)|
|Traditional||See the Merchandise section|
|Video game(s)||See the Video games section|
Kingsman is a British-American media franchise based on the adventures of the agents of Kingsman, a fictional secret organization. It began in 2012 with the Marvel comic The Secret Service, with two sequels following in 2017 and 2018. The comic series was created by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons.
Kingsman: The Secret Service, directed by Matthew Vaughn and co-written by Jane Goldman, was released in February 2015. The film stars Colin Firth and Taron Egerton. A sequel to this film, titled Kingsman: The Golden Circle, was released in September 2017. A prequel film, titled The King's Man, is set to be released in February 2020. An untitled third Kingsman film and a spin-off Statesman film are in development, while the franchise is also due to expand to television with an eight-hour limited series. Adaptations of the films have been published, and numerous Kingsman video games have been released since 2012. The first two Kingsman films were distributed by 20th Century Fox but starting with The King's Man and subsequent films and the television series they will be released by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures as a result of The acquisition of it's parent company 21st Century Fox by Disney.
- 1 Comic series
- 2 Film series
- 3 Cast and crew
- 4 Reception
- 5 Animation
- 6 Television series
- 7 Video game
- 8 Literature
- 9 Marketing
- 10 Notes
- 11 References
- 12 External links
The Kingsman franchise began in 2012 with the comic book The Secret Service. Two sequels, titled Kingsman: The Big Exit and Kingsman: The Red Diamond, followed 2017-2018. The series was rebranded following the release of the film adaptation of The Secret Service.[NB 1] The series was created by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons. It is set in Mark Millar's shared universe, the "Millarverse"; as an example of this, the celebrity kidnappings that take place in Kingsman Vol. 1 are referenced in Kick-Ass 3.
|Main character(s)||List of Kingsman characters|
|Written by||Mark Millar|
The Secret Service (2012–13)
The first volume, The Secret Service (2012), is set over the course of three years. Gary "Eggsy" Unwin is recruited by his uncle, Jack London, to work for Kingsman, the British Secret Service. Eggsy is put on an extensive three-year training course, performing various assassinations and apprehending a Colombian drug lord. Whilst investigating a series of celebrity kidnappings perpetrated by Dr. James Arnold, a very wealthy cellphone entrepreneur who plans to use a satellite signal to make the poor of humanity slaughter each other in order to solve the overpopulation problem, London is killed by Arnold for sleeping with his girlfriend, unaware of his Kingsman allegiance. Horrified by his uncle's death, and learning that Arnold is supported by higher-level members of Kingsman, Eggsy recruits his fellow trainees to an assault mission on Arnold's base, hidden inside a mountain in Switzerland.
After ambushing and battling Arnold's troops, freeing the captured celebrities, including Pierce Brosnan, Patrick Stewart and David Beckham, Eggsy engages in a fist fight with Arnold's henchman and former Kingsman agent Gazelle, and leaves to confront Arnold. Arnold activates the satellite signal and waits for the people to slaughter each other, but instead, due to one of Eggsy's colleagues having changed the frequency, people worldwide begin to have sex with one another. Eggsy then kills a confused Arnold.
In an epilogue, Eggsy reads his uncle's will, revealing that two-thirds of Jack's estate will go to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and the British Heart Foundation, the final third going to Eggsy's mother, informing Eggsy to take good care of his gadget-laden car, or he will "come back and bloody haunt him." As Eggsy reports to Kingsman Headquarters, Sir Giles briefs him about a mission that concerns "trouble in Moscow".
The Big Exit (2017)
A stand-alone sequel to The Secret Service titled Kingsman: The Big Exit was published in the September/October 2017 issue of Playboy Magazine, written by Rob Williams and drawn by Ozgur Yildirim. Set shortly after Brexit, The Big Exit follows Eggsy as he's tasked with safeguarding the controversial Brexit "divorce fee" on its journey to Brussels, consisting of £100 billion of solid gold bars, from a group of pro-Brexit terrorists, "The Union Jacks", disguised as French activists to steal the gold back for the UK. It is eventually revealed that Eggsy's mission is in fact a decoy so that Kingsman themselves can destroy "The Union Jacks" and swipe the gold from both the British Parliament and the European Union and use it to fund hospitals and education services back in England.
The Red Diamond (2017–18)
The second volume of Kingsman, subtitled The Red Diamond, was released through Image Comics in September 2017, taking place over the course of one week. After knocking out Prince Philip after saving him from a group of Greek terrorists ignorant of the fact that the prince is Greek himself, Eggsy is put on a week-long leave of absence. Returning to Kingsman headquarters to retrieve a pill to treat his little brother Ryan's norovirus, an alert comes in from the South African Secret Service (SASS) regarding an encrypted message that was sent to a wanted hacker named Alias at Times Square in Manhattan. As the only agent present, Eggsy is sent out on a rocket to find Alias before the SASS.
Upon finding him, Eggsy is confronted by Kwaito - a SASS agent, and Ingot - a Red Diamond agent. Upon restraining Alias, Alias explains that he was trying to shut down the servers in the financial district to protect them from a virus released by the Red Diamond's virus. Ingot snaps Alias’ neck and makes his escape, trapping Eggsy and Kwaito. Once he leaves, the virus is released onto computers worldwide, causing a global blackout. The Prime Minister of Britain receives a betamax tape from the head of the Red Diamond, self-made South African mining magnate Jakobis Du Preez, who explains his plans to replace the world's physical money with gold and jewels; in a separate tape he invites the “Kings and Queens of the new material world,” to a remote location in the Hunan Province, China.
Eggsy and Kwaito independently go undercover to the event only for Du Preez to set off a bomb to get rid of "the competition". Retrieving a map to the Red Diamond base from Ingot and crashing into a forest with Kwaito, Eggsy and Kwaito make love. Later finding civilisation and a phone to use, Eggsy discovers that Kwaito has stolen the map. Having memorized it, Eggsy travels to Guam where he is reunited with Kwaito. Making their way inside the base, the pair find Du Preez sitting naked on a hill of jewels and gold bars. Du Preez explains that they cannot kill him lest a fail-safe he attached to his heart open the airlocks and kill everyone. After a confrontation with Ingot, Eggsy shoots Jakobis with a poisonous spy-dart which will slowly kill him, and makes his escape with Kwaito and Treeman, a hacker held captive by Du Preez. Whilst fleeing, Treeman gains access to a Red Diamond computer and uploads an override to delete the Red Diamond virus. In the epilogue, a ceremony is held in Eggsy's honour. Several esteemed guests are invited—including Prince Philip, who wants to apologise and shake Eggsy's hand. However, Eggsy instead takes his family and Kwaito to his favourite pub.
|Film||U.S. release date||Director(s)||Screenwriter(s)||Producer(s)||Status|
|Kingsman: The Secret Service||13 February 2015||Matthew Vaughn||Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman||Matthew Vaughn, David Reid and Adam Bohling||Released|
|Kingsman: The Golden Circle||22 September 2017|
|Untitled third Kingsman film||TBA||TBA||Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman||Pre-production|
|The King's Man||14 February 2020||Matthew Vaughn||Karl Gajdusek||Matthew Vaughn||Post-production|
Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)
The first film, Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) is set over the course of two years, from 2014 to 2015. Having dropped out of training for the Royal Marines, becoming a stereotypical chav and being arrested for stealing a car, Gary "Eggsy" Unwin's release is arranged by Harry Hart, a Kingsman and his late father's colleague. Hart, a veteran spy of a secret organisation, Kingsman, recruits Eggsy into the agency's competitive training program as a global threat emerges from a billionaire, Richmond Valentine.
The concept of a The Secret Service adaptation originated when Mark Millar and Vaughn were at a bar discussing spy movies, lamenting that the genre had become too serious over the years and deciding to do "a fun one." To have the time to make the film, Vaughn had to opt out of directing X-Men: Days of Future Past, which he called "a really tough decision". He reasoned that if he did not do it, "somebody else ... [would] wake up and do a fun spy movie. Then I would have written a bloody screenplay that no one would want to make." Colin Firth joined the cast to lead the film on 29 April 2013. It was initially reported in 2013 that Leonardo DiCaprio was in talks to play a villain, although Vaughn himself later denied that he was ever considered, stating that he came as close to playing the role "as I am to becoming the Pope." Instead the role of the villain went to Samuel L. Jackson, Jackson took the role, in part because of a career long dream to be in a James Bond movie. As he felt that this was unlikely to come true he took on the role stating "I felt like this was an opportunity to play a really great Bond villain." Jackson's character has a notable lisp, a choice he decided to make based partially on the stutter he had as a kid. In September 2013, Vaughn cast Sophie Cookson for the female lead, preferring a newcomer over more obvious candidates like Emma Watson and Bella Heathcote. Mark Hamill was cast as Professor James Arnold, a reference to his character in the source comic book being himself.
Principal photography began 6 October 2013 in Deepcut, Surrey, on a budget reported to be one-third of the $200 million budget of Skyfall. The Alexandra Road Estate in Camden was used for Eggsy's home area, and some scenes were filmed at Imperial College London. The Black Prince Pub in Kennington, South London, was used for various fight scenes and the car chase. Savile Row in Mayfair was also employed as a location and the exterior of tailors Huntsman, which provided the clothes and James Lock & Co. in St James's which provided the hats. Elton John was rumoured to have a role in the film. Although this would prove untrue, John would appear in the film's sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Kingsman: The Secret Service was released in the United Kingdom on January 29, 2015.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
The second film, Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) is set over the course of one week. When Kingsman's headquarters are destroyed, their agents discover an allied spy organisation in the United States, the Statesman. Two secret organisations join together to defeat a common enemy, in order to save the world.
Near the release of Kingsman: The Secret Service, Mark Millar and Matthew Vaughn stated that a sequel would be possible if the first film was to perform well at the box office, and Vaughn expressed interest in directing the sequel. Vaughn also noted that he had hoped to have Firth back in the sequel, though it was later reported that Firth would not be returning.
On 29 April 2015, Fox announced that a sequel was in production, but that it was unclear if Vaughn would return to direct due to his interest in directing a Flash Gordon film. On 11 June 2015, Vaughn told Yahoo that he had begun writing the script for the sequel and that he could be returning to direct. In September 2015, Millar reiterated that the sequel was in development and that Vaughn was looking for ways to bring Firth back without sacrificing the integrity of the story. Later that month, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Egerton had also signed on for the Robin Hood: Origins franchise, which would begin shooting in February 2016; Egerton's schedule was accordingly in conflict with the Kingsman sequel. However, in mid-October, it was confirmed that the scheduling issues had been settled between both studios. Lionsgate plans to begin Robin Hood's production right after Egerton wraps filming on Kingsman: The Golden Circle, which was expected to begin production in April 2016.
On 17 February 2016, it was revealed that Julianne Moore was in negotiations to play the villain role in the film. On 10 March 2016, Halle Berry was cast to play the role of the head of the CIA. Her role later turned out as that of Statesman's tech support. In late March, Vaughn confirmed Berry's and Moore's casting, as well as the title, Kingsman: The Golden Circle. On 8 April 2016, Pedro Pascal was cast in the film as Jack Daniels. On the same day, a promotional poster was released for the film featuring Firth's character's glasses confirming Firth's return for the film; Firth's return was later officially confirmed on 11 July 2016. Channing Tatum confirmed his casting through his Twitter account, while Variety confirmed that Elton John was in talks for a role. In late April, Vaughn talked about writing the sequel, he stated "writing this was the hardest thing I've ever done." Jeff Bridges was added to the cast on 28 May 2016. Vinnie Jones announced on Twitter that he had been cast in a role.
Principal photography on the film began on 15 May 2016 in Birmingham. Filming also took place in Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden. On 13 September 2016, Kingsman: The Golden Circle completed initial filming. However, additional footage was filmed on location in London in December 2016.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle was originally scheduled for a summer release on June 16, 2017 by 20th Century Fox, but was pushed back from its original release date of June 16, 2017 to October 6, 2017. The film was pushed up from October 6, 2017 to September 22, 2017. The film was given an IMAX release. It eventually opened two days prior in the UK on September 20, 2017.
The King's Man (2020)
In June 2018, Vaughn announced that a prequel film, with the working title Kingsman: The Great Game, was in active development, stating that the plot would take place during the early-1900s and will depict the formation of the spy agency, and that the project would be filmed back-to-back with "the third regular Kingsman film". In September 2018, it was announced that Ralph Fiennes and Harris Dickinson would star in the prequel. In October 2018, it was rumored that Rachel Weisz and Brad Pitt were being considered for roles in the film. In November 2018, it was revealed that Daniel Brühl, Charles Dance, Rhys Ifans, and Matthew Goode would co-star in the film. The film will reportedly be a period drama stylistically, and will explore the formation of the Kingsman tailors and agency, with the log-line for the film being "The man who would be Kingsman." By June of 2019, the film's official title was announced to be The King's Man.
The King's Man is scheduled for release on February 14, 2020 by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
Kingsman 3 (TBA)
In May 2017, Vaughn stated that a sequel to The Golden Circle is currently in development, adding that he and co-writer Goldman mapped out the plot during production on the second film. Vaughn later stated that his personal choice for the role of the villain is Dwayne Johnson. By June 2018, the filmmaker announced that the third movie would be filmed back-to-back with a prequel, serving as "the conclusion of the Harry Hart-Eggsy relationship". Colin Firth and Taron Egerton will both reprise their roles from previous films. Vaughn stated production is scheduled to begin some time between late-2019 to early-2020.
In September of 2017, Vaughn revealed that a spin-off film of Kingsman: The Golden Circle revolving around the Statesman, an American secret agent organization was in early development. The film's working title was announced to be Statesman. In June 2018, Vaughn announced his new film studio along with several projects in development including Statesman, confirming that Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges and Halle Berry would reprise their roles in the film.
Cast and crew
- This table shows the recurring characters and the actors who have portrayed them throughout the franchise.
- A dark grey cell indicates the character was not in the film, or that the character's presence in the film has not yet been announced.
- A Y indicates an appearance as a younger version of a pre-existing character.
- A C indicates a cameo appearance.
- A V indicates a voice-only role.
- An A indicates an appearance through archival footage or audio.
The Secret Service
The Golden Circle
|The King's Man||Untitled third Kingsman film|
|Producer(s)||Matthew Vaughn, David Reid and Adam Bohling|
|Writer(s)||Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman||Karl Gajdusek||N/A|
|Director of photography||George Richmond||Ben Davis|
|Editor(s)||Eddie Hamilton and Jon Harris||Eddie Hamilton||Jon Harris|
|Title||U.S. release date||Length||Composer(s)||Label|
|Kingsman: The Secret Service – Original Motion Picture Score||January 30, 2015||57:27||Henry Jackman
|Kingsman: The Golden Circle – Original Motion Picture Score||September 22, 2017||1:16:00||Fox Music|
Box office performance
|Film||Release date||Box office gross||Box office ranking||Production budget||Ref(s)|
|United States||Outside United States||North America||Other territories||Worldwide||All time
|The Secret Service||February 13, 2015||January 30, 2015||$128,261,724||$286,089,822||$414,351,546||450||254||$81 million|||
|The Golden Circle||September 22, 2017||September 20, 2017||$100,234,838||$310,667,824||$410,902,662||699||260||$104 million|||
Critical and public response
|Kingsman: The Secret Service||74% (245 reviews)||60 (50 reviews)||B+|
|Kingsman: The Golden Circle||52% (273 reviews)||44 (44 reviews)||B+|
#TBT: That Time Archer Met Kingsman
On July 20, 2017, FOX released an animated crossover short film between Kingsman and Archer entitled #TBT: That Time Archer Met Kingsman, featuring Eggsy and Sterling Archer. The short was unveiled at the 2017 Comic-Con’s Kingsman: The Golden Circle panel in Hall H, following Eggsy as he discovers Archer to have stumbled into the Kingsman’s secret arsenal hidden in the bespoke suit shop, helping himself to guns and alcohol. Fighting to reclaim the goods, Eggsy challenges Archer to "the most gentlemanly of competitions": a drinking contest, while planning to kill him with a drugged glass; Archer instead drinks the bottle and passes out. Eggsy, insulted by Archer's behaviour, vows to go to America and "teach them a lesson". Taron Egerton and H. Jon Benjamin respectively reprise their roles as Eggsy Unwin and Sterling Archer.
In June 2018, upon announcing his new film studio, Vaughn revealed that an eight-episode Kingsman television series was in early development.
In August 2017, it was confirmed that Kingsman: The Golden Circle would have a tie-in game to accompany its release, and that it would be a turn-based match-3 role-playing combat game, released on iOS and Android by the Korean mobile game company NHN PixelCube. The game also includes characters from Kingsman: The Secret Service, and was released globally on 14 September 2017, about a week before the film's release. Unlike the films, the game does not have graphic violence or explicit language, but it is classified a "12+" rating for "mild realistic violence". In the days before the film's release, another mobile game based on the Kingsman franchise, simply titled Kingsman: The Secret Service, was announced to be in development also for iOS and Android, by American mobile game developer YesGnome. The game is a hybrid action adventure-construction simulator, where players construct impregnable secret bases, similar to Fallout Shelter, while infiltrating enemy bases in run-and-gun missions based on the plot of at least the first film. The Android version remained in early access for many months. The Golden Circle is free-to-play, offers in-app purchases, and supports online player-versus-player multiplayer, while The Secret Service is sold as a paid game.
Several months later after the launch of the tie-in mobile game for Kingsman: The Golden Circle, on April 24, 2018, it was announced that the game's servers will be shut down on May 23, 2018, after "careful consideration" and the game's poor player base. Meanwhile, after many months in early access, Yesgnome's Kingsman: The Secret Service was finally released on May 1, 2019.
Luxury retailer Mr Porter has been a marketing partner of the franchise since the first film, when it worked with costume designer Arianne Phillips to design the bespoke suiting, while everything from the ties and shirts to eyewear, umbrellas, shoes and watches were designed by heritage brands such as Cutler and Gross, George Cleverley, Mackintosh, Bremont, and Adidas Originals. The collaboration is the first of its kind, making Kingsman: The Secret Service the first film from which customers can buy all of the outfits they see. On 8 September 2017, Mr Porter opened its first Kingsman shop between Berry Bros. & Rudd and Lock & Co. Hatters on St James's Street in Central London. Both the Kingsman shop and Berry Bros. & Rudd were integral locations for Kingsman: The Golden Circle, while Lock & Co. was featured on the first film.
In May 2017, TAG Heuer partnered with Fox to make the TAG Heuer Connected the official watch of the Kingsman agents. In August 2017, Fox partnered with Old Forester to release a Statesman edition of their 95 proof Bourbon whiskey for the U.S. market. In addition, GlenDronach released a Kingsman Edition 1991 of their Scotch whisky. Director Vaughn cited GlenDronach as his favourite scotch whisky brand, and the distillery used casks from 1991, as it is the fictional year of Eggsy's birth. Only 240 bottles have been allocated to the U.S. market, all of which are signed by Vaughn. In addition, Berry Bros. & Rudd released a Kingsman edition of their No. 3 London Dry Gin. In September 2017, Hard Rock Cafe introduced the "Poppy Burger" in their menu to promote The Golden Circle.
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