Kingsman: The Secret Service took most people by surprise, containing a fantastic blend of wit and humour along with a healthy dose of utter insanity. The film was a brilliant satire of the traditional spy film, at once celebrating and poking fun at the genre. Oh, and Colin Firth was amazing too.
Arguably the biggest surprise, however, was how financially successful it was, grossing over $400 million with an $80m budget. So now a sequel is coming: Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
So where next for the British Kingsman? Though director Matthew Vaughn has been largely tight-lipped, he's released a few details, including the fact that Eggsy will be teaming up with his American counterparts.
Analysing these clues, here are 8 huge predictions about where the story will go next.
We know very little of what the sequel to Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Secret Service has in store, but one thing we do know is the subtitle: The Golden Circle. Interestingly, this title might give more away about the potential plot than you'd initially think.
The Knights of the Golden Circle was a secret society that existed in the United States in the mid-nineteenth century. This society's original objective was to annex a “golden circle” of territories in Mexico, with the plan being for these territories to be divided into slave states. Eventually this plan developed into the proposed separation of various Southern U.S. states to form a similar “golden circle”.
This, coupled with the fact we know the premise is that Eggsy and Merlin join forces with the “Statesman”, the American counterpart to Kingsman, makes a plot about foiling a secret society with destructively racist intentions all the more likely. Perhaps Julianne Moore's villain Poppy is intent on reinstating slavery across America, or is determined to enact some sort of brutal ethnic cleansing?
We know that her lair is called "Poppy Land", which may be a sort of white-washed utopia where slavery is the norm. The first Kingsman went worldwide in scale, threatening the to kill off most of the world's population, so it would make sense for The Golden Circle to focus on a more personal, relevant and troubling conflict.