After months of speculation, it has been made (somewhat) official that Colin Firth will be returning for KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE, the Matthew Vaughn-directed follow up to the adaptation of the comic book The Secret Service created by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar.
Firth played the dapper agent Harry Hart who — SPOILER ALERT — met his demise at the end of the first movie. However, Taron Egerton, who stars in the movie as Eggsy, sent out a a tweet in April hinting his return. Game of Thrones alum Pedro Pascal, who stars in the sequel, recently made an unofficial confirmation of the resurrection of Firth’s character via Instagram with a selfie of the two with the caption “Hide behind Harry” on what is presumably the set of The Golden Circle.
In addition to Firth and Egerton, Pascal joins returning cast members Mark Strong, Sophie Cookson, and Edward Holcroft as well as newcomers Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry, Julianne Moore, Channing Tatum, Vinnie Jones, and Elton John. The movie will continue Eggsy’s (Egerton) spy adventures as he and Merlin (Strong) head to the U.S. to team up with the “Statesman” after the destruction of Kingsman HQ at the hands of evil mastermind Poppy (Moore).
The return of Firth shouldn’t be that big of a surprise considering his character was a fan favorite — and the fact that it is a comic book universe where it is allowed to happen. Hart is one of many characters in comic book movie history to see a resurrection in a sequel or otherwise.
Jean Grey is probably the most notable one in comic book history to come back from the dead as the all powerful Dark Phoenix. In X2 Jean (played by Famke Janssen) sacrificed her life to save her teammates and returned for the disappointing X-Men: The Last Stand to unleash hell on her mutant brethren. Speaking of comic book adaptations we’d like to forget, the assassin Elektra (Jennifer Garner) was killed in Ben Affleck’s Daredevil only to return to for her equally crappy self-titled spin-off. Most recently, Marvel Cinematic Universe regular Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) died at the hands of Loki in The Avengers and found life again in the MCU TV realm on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Character resurrections go beyond the confines of comic book movies Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) died and came back and rebranded himself as Gandalf the White in the Lord of the Rings franchise. Original Fast and the Furious character Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) is left for dead in the fourth installment only to return in the Fast Five. Spock (Leonard Nimoy), who died in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, was “reborn” in Star Trek: The Search for Spock while Sigourney Weaver’s iconic Alien character Ellen Ripley died in a blaze of glory in Alien 3 and came back to life in the conveniently titled Alien: Resurrection. And invincible movie monsters Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhies or Michael Myers will never pass up the opportunity to come back from the dead to haunt for one or ten more sequels.
Before coming back from the dead for the Kingsman, Firth can be seen reprising his role in Bridget Jones’s Baby, a totally different kind of sequel. He also stars in the upcoming James Marsh-directed The Mercy opposite Rachel Weisz and was recently seen in the Max Perkins biopic Genius with Nicole Kidman and Jude Law.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer