Next month, audiences will be treated to Kingsman: The Golden Circle, the second film based on The Secret Service comic series. While the film franchise has taken the original story in a whole new direction, the two properties are more connected than fans might initially think.
While speaking with ComicBook.com at last month's San Diego Comic-Con, The Secret Service artist Dave Gibbons revealed that the Kingsman comic and movies essentially exist in a shared continuity. Check it out in the clip above!
"They might look different," Gibbons explained, "they might express [things] differently, but it is that same universe."
While Kingsman: The Secret Service is best described as a loose adaptation of the original comics, Gibbons says that that philosophy ultimately allows the best story to be told in either medium.
"It's quite clear in these stories that there are things that work well in comics, and things that work well in movies. and they're not always the same thing, even down to structure. So for me, just to see some source material that I worked on a version of, to see someone take it and run with it and show other possibilities was what made it really exciting."
According to Gibbons, this sort of loose shared continuity leaves open a large possibility for new spinoffs and stories - particularly within the medium of comics.
"At the moment, although Mark [Millar] and I haven't done a sequel to the comic book, we are thinking about other stuff set in the Kingsman universe." Gibbons revealed. "We're actually getting some other writers and artists to explore it as well, which is always very interesting. Because again, it makes everything much more three-dimensional. I think what's being set up is a wonderful vehicle to tell exciting stories and I look forward to maybe more of them."
"Kingsman: The Secret Service" introduced the world to Kingsman - an independent, international intelligence agency operating at the highest level of discretion, whose ultimate goal is to keep the world safe. In "Kingsman: The Golden Circle," our heroes face a new challenge. When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman, dating back to the day they were both founded. In a new adventure that tests their agents' strength and wits to the limit, these two elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world, something that's becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy..."
Kingsman: The Golden Circle is directed by Matthew Vaughn, and stars Taron Egerton (Gary Eggsy Unwin), Sophie Cookson (Roxy), Colin Firth (Harry Hart), Channing Tatum (Agent Tequila), Halle Berry (Ginger), Pedro Pascal (Agent Whiskey), Jeff Bridges (Agent Champagne), Julianne Moore (Poppy), and Mark Strong (Merlin).
Kingsman: The Golden Circle is in theaters on September 22, 2017.