Missiles! Explosions! Pedro Pascal with a whip!

Kingsman: The Secret Service, turned out to be a surprise hit in 2014, garnering a healthy international box office as well as solid reviews. The James Bond/Spy genre pastiche accomplished what many movies of its ilk try and fail for: not only was it a good send-up to classic spy movies, poking fun at its conventions and tropes, but it was a good spy movie unto itself. This is an incredibly difficult line to balance, but the team of Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman (with Vaughn directing and the screenplay by both of them) manage to pull it off with aplomb. I happily consider Kingsman to be one of my favorite films of the 21st century, and it’s at the top of the ‘Gentlemanly Action’ category.

All that’s to say, the inexplicable success of Kingsman lead to the studio floating the idea of a sequel, and, even more inexplicably, Vaughn wanting to do it. This time around, Vaughn and Goldman would be constructing their own story, not one based around a Mark Millar/Dave Gibbons comic (the origins of which stemmed from Vaughn and Millar being out for a drink and wanting to make a comic and then film adaptation in quick succession…and here I’ll thank god for the vast improvements the film’s script makes to the comic).

Anticipation for Kingsman: The Golden Circle grew as the cast list for the new movie came out. Channing Tatum? Julianne Moore? Jeff Bridges? And that was just the tip of the iceberg.

Well, the first trailer dropped today, so we finally get our taste of what Vaughn and company are bringing to the table this time around. Let’s take a look:

Lots to unpack here. It looks like someone’s coming after the Kingsman and they’re forced to take shelter with their American counterparts…who don’t look particularly happy to see them (check Channing Tatum and his incredible belt buckle taking on Mark Strong with that Winchester repeater).

The action was one of the best parts of the first Kingsman, and The Golden Circle looks like its just getting bigger and more awesome. Robot arms? Whips? Fighting on a ski lift? I’m sold. This doesn’t have the particular rhythm of Kingsman‘s best trailer (this wonderful red band trailer here) but I’ve still got one hell of an adrenaline rush going on.

Let’s take it to the comments to really dig into this bad boy. What do you guys think? Are you as nervous for Roxy as I am?

Update: Let’s luxuriate in these screenshots, huh?

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  • Lilgreenman

    I rewatched the “Manners maketh man” scene to refresh my memory – as it turns out, the beginning of the trailer uses the same music.

    Also, the most fascinating part of the whole enterprise is Julianne Moore as “Poppy”, who apparently has a whole “evil, mass-opioid Walt Disney” thing going on, with much of the final act in her evil mid-century theme park “Poppyland”:

    • Andrew Clark

      It also looks like there is absolutely a volcano lair somewhere in there.

  • This is where Matthew Vaughn belongs. Let the best Bond series currently running continue to roll.

  • ryanrochnroll

    Is this what love feels like? Or is it only lust?

    That was fantastic. I’m so ready for this. It’s pitch perfect Bondery nonsense. And that action is looking fierce.

    I also did not know Vaughn was part of the inception of the original comic.

  • Andrew Clark

    I can’t get over how colorful and fun this all looks.

    Vaughn is so great. I have a very hard time understanding people who dislike KINGSMAN. It expertly handles tone, action, and heart in a way most movies can only dream of doing. This looks like it expands on all of that.

    That shot of Eggsy in the orange jacket, standing in the rain…it looks gorgeous.

  • Greg Ramirez

    I wish Pedro Pascal had been billed, but what are ya gonna do? I loved the Sinatra playing over the trailer thought. I am in for this completely.

  • Andrew Clark

    Woah, can we talk about them dropping the Harry thing right in the first trailer? I guess with the casting news it wasn’t quiet anyway, but they’re just like “Hey, here he is!”

    • Lilgreenman

      Note all the butterflies and what appears to be a padded cell. Has he been kept alive and imprisoned, against his will?

  • Andrew Clark

    Guys I wasn’t kidding I am really nervous for Roxy. She’s definitely gonna bite it, huh?

    • Lilgreenman

      I could see her being presumed dead, but surviving by whatever method Harry did, to take out Julianne Moore at the end, SHAUN OF THE DEAD style.

  • I like the “Statesman” thing

  • I didn’t much like the first one but this looks like fun!

    • Allen

      I’m weirdly the reverse. I loved the first one but this trailer didn’t do much for me. It’s not necessarily that I’m worried about the film, the trailer just doesn’t seem very good to me.

      • jeves23

        Good. I’m not the only one who wasn’t wowed by the trailer. (I’m also not worried about the film)

    • Me too. I’m thinking I might revisit it and give it a second chance

  • Lunaman

    I am HERE. FOR. THIS.

  • jeves23

    It might be because I have recently developed a head cold, but very little of this trailer has stuck with me after watching twice. I guess there is some cool imagery? But it all seems to go by way too fast (even for a teaser) for me to get a handle on it. I do like Firth with an eyepatch, though.
    Still, I’ll be seeing this because I enjoyed the first one quite a bit, and am fairly confident that Vaughn will deliver a fun sequel. Also, that cast!

    • Andrew Clark

      I wasn’t exactly blown away, either, but KINGSMAN didn’t get a good trailer until that third one that I linked to, and that thing is a work of beauty and editing.

      • jeves23

        Yeah, that one was a pretty damn good trailer.

    • The Dwayne Allen

      The jumping out of the car bit sticks out to me, but it wasn’t clear exactly what was is happening. I don’t really need a trailer to convince me to see this though.