[This article contains MAJOR SPOILERS for Kingsman: The Secret Service.]
One of the surprise hits of 2015 was Kingsman: The Secret Service, the action-adventure adaptation of Mark Millar’s comic, The Secret Service. The film starred Taron Egerton (Legend) as “Eggsy” Unwin, a rough but promising young man recruited to join an elite spy agency. In the film, he quickly finds himself caught up in a nefarious conspiracy from tech genius Richmond Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) and eventually in a fight to save the world. Mentoring him throughout is Harry Hart — code name Galahad — played to elegant perfection by Colin Firth.
Balancing comic book-style over-the-top violence with adult humor, the film raked in $400 million worldwide, and has already been green-lit for a sequel. Matthew Vaughn — who co-wrote and directed the first — is already working on penning the second installment. And now, Vaughn, Millar, and the rest of the Kingsman team are quite invested in finding ways for Firth to return to the franchise, despite that fact that Hart was killed by Valentine in the first film.
In an interview with IGN, Millar echoed what Vaughn previously stated: that Firth may be returning to the franchise. When asked about how that would work — considering Hart’s end — the writer reflected on some of the decisions that still need to be made.
“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. [Screenplay co-writers] Matthew [Vaughn] and Jane [Goldman] are working on it at the moment. Some things have to be worked out, some decisions have still to be made and everything, so it’s all fairly amorphous, but all going well.”
Millar then discussed some of the creative ways they have thought of so far, in order to incorporate Firth in the follow-up.
“It’s funny because there’s a lot of conversations like that, like should he have an evil brother, Colin with a mustache? 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. Vaughan’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.”
Although Hart’s death was crucial to the movie, this certainly wouldn’t be the first time a franchise has brought a beloved character back from the dead. Clones, coming back from the dead, and faking character deaths are all too common tropes, and filmmakers could easily find some sort of loophole to get Hart back.
While it would be fun to see Firth in full villain mode, twirling his mustache and cape, bringing a character back from the dead only serves to lower the film’s stakes, making it harder to believe — or care about — when someone actually does die. However, Vaughn and writing partner Jane Goldman have both done excellent work in the past, and there are reasons to be optimistic they will find a way to incorporate Firth in a manner that feels exciting and authentic.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for more on a Kingsman: The Secret Service sequel as it develops!