Matthew Vaughn is now a well recognized comic-book movie director, having directed X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass, Kingsman: The Secret Service and Kingsman: The Golden Circle, which hit theaters this week. Additionally, Vaughn is in talks to direct the sequel to Man of Steel, and has also shown interest in taking a stab at a Fantastic Four reboot.
Despite being a disappointment to critics, Kingsman: The Golden Circle still managed to be a fun spectacle for audiences. Our friends at Stardust, a mobile app which has revolutionized film reviews for the moviegoing community, shared some of the best reactions from fans around the country.
As you can see, while The Golden Circle may not have been as groundbreaking as The Secret Service, it was still an incredibly fun, satisfactory sequel according to true movie fans. However, most viewers probably missed the film's subtle connection to Fox's X-Men Universe.
Note: Spoilers ahead for Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
Despite the twists and thrills throughout the film, the most curious moment for me happened just before the credits. The last shot of Kingsman: The Golden Circle features Channing Tatum's character, Tequila, entering the newly rebuilt Kingsman tailors shop.
Up until now, the film's score primarily consisted of either the Kingsman theme from the first film, or an orchestral rendition of "Take Me Home, Country Roads." However, the music playing during this final moment was a bit different. In fact, this final moment featured the Kingsman theme on strings, with Magneto's theme from X-Men: First Class for the low brass section!
While this combination is shocking at first, it's not hard to find a connection between the two films. Both were directed by Vaughn, in addition to both of them being owned by 20th Century Fox.
This ending is likely just a fun nod toward one of Vaughn's previous projects with Fox, but there's always a chance – albeit a slim one – that this could be hinting at a crossover between the two franchises. Two years ago, just before the release of the rebooted Fantastic Four, Fox was planning on crossing the new super-family with their ever-expanding X-Men universe. Fantastic Four was so poorly received, however, that Fox dropped all plans of a crossover and cancelled its sequel, which was initially scheduled to release earlier in 2017. With the success of their latest comic-book franchise, Fox may have gotten dollar signs in their eyes with the idea of crossing the Kingsman franchise with the X-Men universe.
This would certainly be enjoyable to watch, considering that Kingsman takes place in the same period of time as Deadpool, which would mean both series could keep their R rating.
The Problem With Channing Tatum...
The only real dilemma this improbable crossover could encounter is the involvement of Channing Tatum. The Hollywood heartthrob was one of the stars of Kingsman: The Golden Circle, but is also set to star as the titular character in the film #Gambit, which recently started fresh with a rewrite. However, if this crossover were really to be considered by Fox, this double casting of the actor could be easily solved in two different scenarios.
Firstly, Tequila and Gambit could exist within the same universe, without ever encountering each other. As long as they don't appear in the same movie, there shouldn't be too much of an issue. This point would also be valid for Halle Berry, who starred as Storm in the original X-Men trilogy, in addition to appearing in The Golden Circle.
Secondly, with a truly bold storytelling move, Tequila could become Gambit. One of the most disappointing parts of Kingsman: The Golden Circle was the shocking lack of Tatum, despite the amount of emphasis they put on his character in the marketing. Clearly, his character has some impressive fighting skills that would suit Gambit perfectly. Of course, it's quite a stretch to imagine this as a real possibility, but having a mutant as one of the newest Kingsmen would be a great way to ease the characters into the X-Men Universe.
While this whole situation was likely just a fun easter egg decided upon by Vaughn and composer Henry Jackman (who was also the composer for X-Men: First Class), there's surely a portion of the audience who'll be cheering for this unlikely crossover. Whether it was an easter egg or legitimate foreshadowing, a crossover between the X-Men and Kingsman wouldn't be too bad of an idea, especially if Vaughn returned to direct another X-Men movie.
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