Critics have spoken: Should you watch ‘The King’s Man’ online?
Much like the Austin Powers franchise of the late 1990s, Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman, based on the popular comic book The Secret Service, magically found a way to pay tribute to the classic British spy thrillers such as the James Bond franchise while reinventing the genre. Now, after multiple delays, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, the third installment, titled The King’s Man is finally on its way to theaters!
Matthew Vaughn, who is perhaps best known for his work on the film Kick-A$$, managed to reinvent the British spy genre with his original Kingsman film, which of course came out in 2014. The series follows a group of Agents who are as gentlemanly as they are heroic, set on their mission of saving the Earth as well as their appetite for a nice ale. Now, after two years of waiting, we’ll see if Vaughn saved his best for last.
However, there are regrettably still some who are afraid to return to the movie theater setting, given concerns over the latest COVID-19 variant known as the Omicron variant. So, the question many people are asking is there a way to watch The King’s Man online? Don’t worry, we went ahead and looked into that for you. Let’s first dive into the world of the Kingsman before we answer that very important question. It’s worth the wait.
The Kingsman franchise
Based on the popular 2012 comic by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, Matthew Vaughn’s 2014 film Kingsman: The Secret Service told the story of the young Eggsy, a royal Marine dropout who’s as clueless about his future as he is about his father’s past. Lucky for him, he’s recruited by Harry Hart who entices him to join the Kingsman, a British spy agency whose number one mission is to protect both the queen and the world.
Unfortunately for the Kingsman, they’re being matched up against their greatest opponent to date, as billionaire tech genius Richmond Valentine has created a device that will control the minds of the world’s population, meaning that the Kingsman only have a small amount of time to stop Valentine from hatching his evil scheme. However, this hero vs. villain story doesn’t play out as simply as you might assume.
Lucky for Matthew Vaughn and the studio, this film became an immediate success and forced 20th Century Studios to greenlight a sequel for a 2017 release, titled Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Stars of this franchise include Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Michael Caine, Mark Strong, Samuel Jackson, Jeff Bridges, Channing Tatum, and Julianne Moore. Sadly, the second film was not well received. Hopefully the third will be better!
The King’s Man
The King’s Man, once again directed by Matthew Vaughn, serves as a prequel to the initial two films, set during the World War I time period and taking place during the inception of the Kingsman agency. The film was originally set for a November 2019 release date but was shuffled around multiple times thanks to the global pandemic.
The King’s Man, which is finally set to hit theaters this month, stars Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Charles Dance, Matthew Goode, Daniel Bruhl, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Stanley Tucci, Djimon Hounsou, and Tom Hollander.
That being said, with many still concerned about returning to the movie theater setting, people are curious if The King’s Man will be available to watch online. Will it be available? Let’s see what information we can dig up.
Will it be online?
Sadly for all of you homebodies, The King’s Man has exclusive rights for a theatrical release only, meaning that it will likely be at least thirty days before you’ll see The King’s Man available to stream or pop up online. However, we’ll keep our ears and eyes out for y’all, understanding that not everyone is comfortable returning to the theaters. The King’s Man should drop at some point in early 2022 on one of the many platforms.