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Kingsman 3 - What We Know So Far

The "Kingsman" franchise has been something of an odd and inconsistent experience thus far. While the first film, "Kingsman: The Secret Service," received a mostly-positive 75% on Rotten Tomatoes and grossed $414 million at the worldwide box office (per Box Office Mojo), things only got murkier after that. "Kingsman: The Golden Circle," the sequel to "Kingsman: The Secret Service," didn't quite endear itself to critics, garnering only a 51% on Rotten Tomatoes. However, it did gross $410 million at the worldwide box office, which nearly matched its predecessor.

However, instead of moving directly into a third film, director Matthew Vaughn and company opted for a prequel film called "The King's Man" featuring an entirely new cast. That film was released on December 22, and early reception to the latest entry was sharply divided among critics. Still, given how well "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" did at the box office, it's only a matter of time before fans see a proper third entry in the main story. Here's what we know so far about "Kingsman 3."

When will Kingsman 3 release?

According to a recent report over at Comic Book, "Kingsman 3" will start filming in September of 2022. That's not exactly tomorrow, but it makes sense given that "The King's Man" arrived in December 2021. As "Kingsman 3" will likely be a film with a substantial budget, production will certainly take some time, and post-production will naturally take even longer. Since the aforementioned start date is so far away, there's also every possibility that things may change, especially with the ongoing pandemic.

However, if "Kingsman 3" does begin in September 2022 like it's supposed to, there's a strong possibility that "Kingsman 3" sees a late 2023/early 2024 release. "Kingsman: The Secret Service" was released in February and "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" was released in September, and either one of those timeframes could be just as likely for the third entry. Of course, it's impossible to say for sure, as release dates are more unpredictable than ever.

Who is in the cast for Kingsman 3?

When it comes to guesswork and speculation related to "Kingsman 3," we can get two major names out of the way. Taron Egerton's Eggsy had been the central focus of the first two films, and Colin Firth's Harry was revealed to still be alive in "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" as well. Speaking to Collider in December 2021, Matthew Vaughn confirmed that Eggsy and Harry will "obviously" be in the upcoming film.

Less clear is, well, anyone else, as Vaughn didn't elaborate when he said that "Kingsman 3" will have the "gang coming back together." Mark Strong's Merlin seemingly sacrificed himself toward the end of "Kingsman: The Golden Circle," but bringing him back for "Kingsman 3" wouldn't exactly be outside the realm of possibility for this franchise, which isn't very rooted in realism. Another potential resurrection fans would love to see is Roxy (Sophie Cookson), whose early death in the second film upset many fans. There were also several characters in the US Statesman organization, including Agent Tequila (Channing Tatum) and the newly-minted Agent Whiskey (Halle Berry), who could also return. Eggsy's new wife Tilde, Crown Princess of Sweden (Hanna Alström) stands a good chance of appearing in "Kingsman 3" as well.

"Kingsman 3" will also likely bring in a whole new batch of characters along with its returning stars, but fans will have to wait and see exactly who that will be.

What is the plot for Kingsman 3?

Determining the exact plot for "Kingsman 3" is all but impossible to do at this time. The storyline for the film is being kept closely guarded, though one has to wonder if the upcoming "The King's Man" prequel won't at least hint at what fans can expect from the film, perhaps in a post-credit scene. The only real information available comes from star Taron Egerton, who has previously confirmed that a script does exist and that it's "a really neat idea." 

That's not exactly a lot of information to go on, but in his interview with Collider, Matthew Vaughn said that much of the plot will center on the relationship between Eggsy and Harry. "So we just came up with this thing, what could be the ultimate reason for them to either fall in love or to hate each other forever?" he continued. But what else can viewers expect from the film?

The first two films dealt with the Kingsman organization trying to stop terrorists from inflicting horrible plots on the world. So it wouldn't be surprising if "Kingsman 3" followed this pattern and had Eggsy and company facing off against yet another megalomaniacal baddie looking to enact some extravagantly absurd scheme to take over the world. The last film also ended with Eggsy's marriage to Tilde and his ascension to the royal family of Sweden, which will surely be an adjustment for Eggsy worth exploring. 

Once again, fans will simply have to be patient as more information for "Kingsman 3" drops.