[The following post features spoilers for Kingsman: The Secret Service]
Taron Egerton, the breakout star of Matthew Vaughn’s brilliantly laddy and violent Kingsman: The Secret Service, released an image on Twitter supposedly hinting at the return of a fan favourite character in the sequel – Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
In the first feature, Harry Hart aka Galahad was seemingly killed by the blood-fearing villain Valentine, played by Samuel L. Jackson. It was a ballsy death and scene that seemed to kill the best and most interesting character in the film. The death occurred immediately after one of the best action sequences ever put to film – an audacious church mass murder.
Since then, the film’s director and co-writer Matthew Vaughn has felt to need to somehow bring Harry back due to the fan reception. However, last we heard, Vaughn was joking about the revival: “A lot of people are very upset that Colin might not be in the sequel. But I’m coming up with ideas at the moment. If people buy tickets in America I’ve got a feeling we’ll figure out a way for having Colin back. The opening of Kingsman 2 will have a sauna and the sauna door opens and out comes Colin. It was all a dream!”
Mark Millar, who’s comic book the film is adapted from, also commented on the situation: “That’s the conversation everyone’s having right now, because part of what made that movie work is Colin. Colin’s fantastic, it was a two-hander, that film. You also want to have the integrity of the story, so if you are bringing him back, it has to make sense. That’s where it is at at the moment. Beats of the story have been done. It’s funny because there’s a lot of conversations like that, like should he have an evil brother, Colin with a moustache? Or is he a ghost or whatever? The guys have a plan. I can’t spoil it just now because the final decision is still to be made. It’ll be good. Vaughn’s funny. He’s done Layer Cake, Stardust, Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class, and Kingsman. Even Spielberg had made 1941 by his third movie, so I trust him. He’s done five good movies.”
And whilst some are worried that bringing back Harry Hart will lessen the impact of his death in the first film and jump the shark, Millar raises the first defence; Vaughn has yet to make a bad film.
He is such a dependable director, constructor and writer that audiences should trust in his decision from the get-go. Every film he has made has been a hit, even if it hasn’t been a hit at the box office. I still think he’s made the best X-Men film of all time with X-Men: First Class and Kick-Ass is an underappreciated masterpiece – it isn’t as crude as most peg it to be.
And for the people that argue that bringing back Galahad will jump the shark, remember that this is Kingsman. Kingsman has already set a gaudy and absurd tone that appears as a serious spoof of the spy/James Bond era and bringing back such a beloved character is part of that.
Vaughan can go two ways. He can bring back Harry in a triumphant manner like reprogramming the body. He can bring back Harry in an outrageous manner as an evil brother. Or he could bring back Harry in an understated manner because you know that audiences will look past it when the mindless action starts.
Bringing back Harry Hart in any way whatsoever makes perfect sense for Kingsman: The Golden Circle. He was the highlight for the first film and can and will, under the guidance of Matthew Vaughan, produce something special for the second film.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle hits theatres on 16th June 2017.