In 2014, Matthew Vaughn's action spy movie Kingsman: The Secret Service showed us a bloody good time and the importance of behaving in a gentlemanly fashion.
Sadly, Colin Firth's fan-favorite character Harry Hart died at the hands of Samuel L. Jackson before he was able to see his prodigy reach his full potential. Or that's what they wanted us to think.
Taron Egerton, who played the film's protagonist Gary "Eggsy" Unwin, has been keeping us updated via Twitter with the goings-on behind the scenes. Today, he posted the following image, teasing the return of a major character:
Sure, plenty of people died in Kingsman, so it could even be Eggsy's father (although he never quite made it to Kingsman status) or Arthur, but we could hardly call either of those characters old friends.
Also, notice the one darkened lens from the glasses? Almost as if he was just shot in the head at close range so he uses a dark lens to cover his missing eye. Of course this is all speculation, but there's more evidence to suggest Firth will return in some capacity to reprise his role.
Last year, Vaughn spoke with USA Today and expressed interest in finding a way to bring Firth's character back in the sequel:
"A lot of people are very upset that Colin might not be in the sequel. But I’m coming up with ideas at the moment. If people buy tickets in America, I’ve got a feeling we’ll figure out a way for having Colin back."
Until the casting is officially confirmed we can't be too sure, but it sounds like Harry might have found a way to survive that shot to the eye. If spy movies have taught us anything, it's that a real secret agent can evade anything, even death.
Already confirmed to return alongside Egerton are Mark Strong as Merlin and Edward Holcroft as Charlie. Also confirmed to be cast in Kingsman: The Golden Circle is Academy Award-winning actress Julianne Moore as a villain named Poppy.
'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' is set to reach theaters on June 16, 2017.