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Film / The King's Man

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Duke of Oxford

The King's Man is an upcoming period spy and war film directed and produced by Matthew Vaughn. It is a prequel to the Kingsman film series, which is loosely based on a comic book series created by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar. The film features an ensemble cast that includes Ralph Fiennes, Harris Dickinson, Liam Neeson, Daniel Brühl, Rhys Ifans, Gemma Arterton, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Charles Dance, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Djimon Hounsou, Stanley Tucci and Alexandra Maria Lara.

The movie tells the story of the creation of the British private intelligence service Kingsman, with World War I as the backdrop.

The film is scheduled to be released on December 22, 2021.

Previews: Teaser, Trailer, Trailer 2.


This film provides examples of:

  • Actor Allusion: Ralph Fiennes wears a suit and a bowler hat and carries an umbrella (with a sword in it) at one point in the second trailer. It all screams John Steed.
  • Archaic Weapon for an Advanced Age: The German shock troops seen in the second trailer carry trench raiding clubs along with knives. There were rifles, artillery and machine guns during World War I, but the need for close combat weapons arose with trench warfare, specially with nighttime operations.
  • Bookcase Passage: Both trailers show Ralph Fiennes' character approaching a bookcase in the library of a country state and pulling on a small bust, which causes another bookcase to swing inwards revealing a secret passage.
  • Celebrity Paradox:
  • Creepy Souvenir: Both trailers show a human skull with a German helmet and cigarets in its mouth that's been put on the wall of a British trench.
  • The Edwardian Era: Both trailers feature 1910s fashion and cars as well as the devastation surrounding World War I.
  • Gas Mask Mooks: Some of the German shock troops seen in the second trailer wear gas masks, no doubt because of the use of combat gas during the war.
  • Historical Badass Upgrade: The historical Rasputin was mystic and self-proclaimed holy man whose only claim to fame was ingratiating himself into the favor of the Russian Imperial Family, while the trailers depict him as a master swordsman capable of going toe-to-toe with Ralph Fiennes' character in a duel.
  • Historical Domain Character:
    • The trailers feature among others, Rasputin the Mad Monk having a sword duel with Ralph Fiennes' character, and Gavrilo Princip attempting to assassinate the Archduke Franz Ferdinand. The second trailer adds Kaiser Wilhelm II.
  • Homage Shot: As seen in the trailer, Ralph Fiennes' character crashing through a wall after being projected by an explosion while protecting himself with a metal shield is filmed the same way and with the same color grading as Diana of Themyscira crashing through a wall during the battle of Veld in Wonder Woman (which is also set during World War I).
  • Kaiserreich: Kaiser Wilhelm II (Tom Hollander) is portrayed in a rather unflattering manner in the second trailer, in contrast with the German shock troops seen on the front. Some of the latter troops seem to carry ahistorical retractable blade devices as trench weaponry.
  • Logo Joke: The final trailer has the 20th Century and Marv Films logos shaded gold.
  • Man in a Kilt: Conrad wears a kilt as part of his uniform while serving on the front lines of World War I as seen in the first trailer.
  • Period Piece: The fashion and vehicles as well as the battle scenes from the trailers are set during The Edwardian Era and World War I.
  • Personal Seals: The character who's featured on the first poster has a signet ring with the Kingsman symbol on it, and used it to impress a seal into a wax binding.
  • Shirtless Scene: The trailers feature Harris Dickinson and Djimon Hounsou's characters training in knife combat while shirtless.
  • Sword Cane: The Duke of Oxford carries a stylish cane with a blade hidden in its length as shown in the trailers.


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