The King’s Man Franchise Getting Another Movie About The Worst Person In History

By Charlene Badasie | Published

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The upcoming sequel to The King’s Man, titled The Traitor King, will focus on the rise of Hitler. The revelation was made by director Matthew Vaughn during an interview with Collider at New York Comic-Con. “The next one is about the rise of Hitler and how Hitler did come to power and basically was supported by the English aristocracy,” the filmmaker explained.

The upcoming sequel to The King’s Man, The Traitor King, will be about the rise of Adolf Hitler according to filmmaker Matthew Vaughn.

Vaughn also talked about how The King’s Man’s sequel story reflects current events, making it relevant today. “So I was like, ‘well, that’s interesting,’ and how the world was worrying so much about Communism that Fascism rose up,” the director said. “And I look at the world at the moment, everyone getting distracted and worrying about this [and that], and if you worry too much about [this], bad things can happen here. So, it is a story that I think needs to be recalled. We’re calling it The Traitor King.”

The plot for The Traitor King was hinted at in a post-credits scene during The King’s Man in 2021, with actor David Kross introduced as Hitler. Vaughn initially contemplated revisiting the story as a television series but was persuaded to turn it into a movie.

“I got persuaded to make it as a film,” he said. “What we wanted to do was something like The Crown but with espionage and a bit of a Kingsman hit going through all of the decades.”

The Kingsman franchise is based on the comic book series The Secret Service, created by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons. Kingsman: The Secret Service, released in 2014 and directed by Vaughn, is the first in the series. It introduces Eggsy Unwin (Taron Egerton), a young British street kid who is recruited into a secret spy organization known as the Kingsman. It also stars Colin Firth as senior agent Harry Hart.

A sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, was released in 2017. The story sees Eggsy and the Kingsman teaming up with their American counterparts, the Statesman, to thwart a new threat. It introduces characters like Channing Tatum’s Agent Tequila and Halle Berry’s Ginger Ale. The King’s Man was released in 2021 as a prequel to the main series.

“I got persuaded to make it as a film. What we wanted to do was something like The Crown but with espionage and a bit of a Kingsman hit going through all of the decades.”

-Matthew Vaughn on The Traitor King

The story delves into the origins of the Kingsman organization during World War I. Ralph Fiennes stars as Orlando, who helps establish the spy agency. This film explores the early days of the organization’s formation. 

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The King’s Man tells the story of Orlando (Ralph Fiennes), an aristocrat who establishes an intelligence network made up of individuals closely linked to influential, global political figures.

Before his wife’s passing, she made him promise that their son, Conrad (Harris Dickinson), would never be involved in warfare. Even though he couldn’t keep that promise, given Conrad’s fervor to enlist in the military, Orlando remained unwavering in his commitment to change the world through his spy organization, laying the groundwork for the institution featured in the original Kingsman films.

Set in an era many decades before the events seen in the Taron Egerton films, the prequel was able to distinguish itself within the franchise due to the way its characters executed their missions without the technological advancements available to modern-day spies. The King’s Man earned $126 million at the global box office when the Covid-19 pandemic still directly impacted theater attendance.

The King’s Man currently holds a 40 percent critics score on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. The site’s general consensus isn’t too flattering, stating that Ralph Fiennes’ brilliant performance is undermined by the prequel’s inconsistent tone, ultimately leading it into the realm of tedious action-thriller territory.

Despite its detractors, The King’s Man found renewed success when it debuted on the Disney+ streaming service. The interest from viewers indicates that The Traitor King will have an eager audience when the film eventually hits screens sometime in the future.