This Trailer for The King's Man Takes Super Spy Action to the Early 20th Century

From a poster for The King’s Man.
From a poster for The King’s Man.
Image: Disney
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When shadowy masterminds threaten to descend the world into chaos, the Kingsman steps in. Even if his agency was only ust created. It’s prequel time.

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Set in the early 20th century, The King’s Man is the newest film in the Kingsmen series of raunchy super spy flicks helmed by Matthew Vaughn, based on a comic book series by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar. Starring Ralph Fiennes alongside Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, and Djimon Hounsou, this prequel shows the origins of the spy agency, amidst a global war and an evil plot apparently led by... Rasputin?

Well, if you’re going to pick a historical figure to be a supervillain, Rasputin’s definitely one of the best you’ve got to choose from. Majorly influential, maybe a wizard, and notoriously strange, he’s definitely the sort of guy an imaginary spy agency would be interested in. Also it looks like he’s a real fiend in a knife fight.

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The King’s Man, produced by 20th Century Studios, is slated for release September 18th, though, in these days, all theatrical dates are tenuous. Disney also released a new poster for the film, which you can find below.

Poster for The King’s Man.
Poster for The King’s Man.
Image: Disney

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DISCUSSION

Rasputin is such a weird, interesting historical figure that I’m tired of him being a generic “evil mastermind” in our popular media. This reminds me when Pirates of the Caribbean did Blackbeard. Kind of a waste of something actually interesting and real.