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The King’s Man’s Credits Scene Explained: Is It A Joke?

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The King’s Man ends with how the spy organization was founded, while its mid-credits scene hints at the villain and story for The King’s Man 2.

Warning: Contains spoilers for The King’s Man

The King’s Man has a mid-credits scene that plays fast and loose with history but hints at where a potential follow-up movie could go. Director Matthew Vaughn’s third movie in the Kingsman franchise had a rough ride at the box office when it was released at in December 2021. Reviews for the period action-adventure were also mixed, with some critics taking exception to the movie’s cavalier attitude to key historical events and figures in service of the film’s narrative. For better or worse The King’s Man mid-credits scene is a prime example of this.

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The King’s Man is a prequel to the Kingsman movie franchise that started in 2015 with Kingsman: The Secret Service and continued with Kingsman: The Golden Circle in 2017. The King’s Man tells the story of pacifist Orlando Oxford (Ralph Fiennes) as he matches wits against an evil shadow organization (led by “The Shepherd”). The group is made up of real historical figures (including Vladimir Lenin, Grigori Rasputin, and Erik Jan Hanussen) that conspire to destroy the monarchies of Europe and Russia (King George of England, Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany, and Tsar Nicholas Romanov of Russia) by instigating and influencing World War I. At the end of The King’s Man, with the war won (but at great personal expense) Oxford founds the Kingsman intelligence agency, dedicated to “preserving peace and protecting life.” Gathered around the table in the Kingsman tailor shop, they each assume a codename based on the legend of King Arthur.


Related: The King’s Man Is The Best In The Series (No Matter What The Critics Say)

The King’s Man‘s ending also shows Daniel Brühl’s Erik Jan Hanussen and an unnamed gunman forcing the Kaiser to abdicate. The Tsar and his family are then killed by the same gunman while having their portrait photographed. After the principal end-credits, The King’s Man‘s mid-credits scene then reveals that “The Shepherd” identity has been assumed by Hanussen. Standing with Lenin before a vault of gold bullion, he says that thanks to Lenin the organization’s left hand is strong, but that the right-hand needs strengthening too. The gunman enters, who Hanussen declares will one-day rival Lenin’s position in the world. The gunman then reveals himself to be Adolf Hitler. The implication of The King’s Man‘s credits scene sets up Hitler’s rise to power as the basis for a sequel to The King’s Man, potentially culminating in World War II. It’s obviously a daring joke from Vaughn, but could well be revisited later on.


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While the setup in The King’s Man end-credits scene is intriguing from a story perspective, in reality, Hitler of course didn’t force Kaiser Wilhelm to abdicate, kill the Romanovs, or meet Lenin. At the time The King’s Man is set, Hitler was a soldier in the Bavarian army. He was on the Western front when the Romanovs were assassinated by Bolshevik revolutionaries in Yekaterinburg, Russia on the night of 16-17 July 1918. Furthermore, when the Kaiser abdicated, Hitler was recovering in hospital after being temporarily blinded by a mustard gas attack. Lenin also wouldn’t have had cause or occasion to meet a low-level soldier such as Hitler, and died before Hitler’s political rise to power.


Notwithstanding the artistic license and out-there humor The King’s Man employs with its characters and the history books, one aspect of the end-credits scene is somewhat accurate. Erik Jan Hanussen, a charlatan and clairvoyant performer, was an associate of Hitler and is said to be responsible for schooling him in the theatrics of public speaking. Matthew Vaughn has said that The King’s Man 2 would be set around 10 years after the first movie. This would be around the time of the stock market crash, the great depression, and the rise of fascism, all leading up to the advent of World War II 10 years after that. With The King’s Man credits scene setting up this story for a sequel, Matthew Vaughn can use these historical events as a jumping-off point for inspiration for The King’s Man 2 should it come to fruition.


Next: The Kings Man: Every Kingsman Easter Egg & Reference

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Dano, Coel, Turturro Join

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“I May Destroy You” star/creator Michaela Coel along with “The Batman” alums John Turturro and Paul Dano are all joining the “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” TV series at Amazon Prime.

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The series is based on Doug Liman’s 2005 feature of the same name starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. In that film, the pair played a married couple that discovers each is leading a double life as an assassin after they’re contracted to take each other out.

Donald Glover and Maya Erskine will star in the title roles in the series version with the just-announced three to guest star. “PEN15” co-creator/star Erskine replaced “Fleabag” creator/star Phoebe Waller-Bridge who was originally set to star alongside her “Solo” co-star Glover.

Source: Variety

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MSI Optix MPG321QRF-QD Gaming Monitor Review: Dramatic Design, Solid Features

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Meanwhile, a handy joystick navigates an excellent on-screen display – it’s fast, well organized, and clearly displays key information and the impact to expect when you change different settings. The MSI’s final big feature is its most surprising – a KVM switch. These are usually found on business screens, and allow users to control two devices with one set of peripherals – handy for switching between a PC and laptop. 

There are good gaming credentials, too. The MSI’s 32in IPS screen has a 165Hz default refresh rate that overclocks to 175Hz and it supports FreeSync and G-Sync. Its 2,560 x 1,440 resolution is good for mainstream gaming too, but it’s not particularly crisp on a 32in screen – you can easily see the pixels if you look closely.

Build quality is middling as well. Its plastic rear feels weak, it’s not a tool-free build, and the monitor is heavy. LG’s rival UltraGear 32GP850 packs a punch against it too – it has the same core specification as the MSI alongside a 180Hz overclocked refresh rate, a sturdier, more mature design, and a cheaper $399/£349 price.

The MSI pairs its adaptable design with bold colors, though. This screen rendered 99 percent of the sRGB gamut with a monster 167.4 percent volume, and the default contrast ratio of 1,127:1 is good. Those figures mean colors are delivered with huge vibrancy and decent depth. 

There’s no clear ghosting or inverse ghosting when the panel runs at its default 165Hz refresh rate, and there’s hardly any halo around objects either. While this screen doesn’t have the speed to sate high-end esports players, it’s fast enough to tackle mainstream esports and single-player games. Moving to 175Hz only has a tiny impact, and we’d avoid the MPRT Sync option – it creates ghosting and darkens the display. 

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The MSI is a bit ordinary in some other areas, however. Its delta E of 4.14 is mediocre, and the color temperature of 6,143K is on the warm side. The peak brightness of 600cd/m² and lack of high-end dimming means this screen isn’t good enough for HDR gaming, either. 

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Tom Cruise As Iron Man AI Art Imagines MCU’s Lost Illuminati Member

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A new piece of AI-generated art imagines Tom Cruise as Iron Man in the MCU’s Illuminati, fulfilling the fan rumors that never came to pass.

A new piece of AI-generated art images Tom Cruise as Iron Man, the MCU Illuminati member that never came to pass. For many fans, it’s hard to imagine anyone other than Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/ Iron Man. The actor first played the role in 2008’s Iron Man, a film that essentially kick-started the MCU as it exists today. Downey Jr. would go on to appear in two additional solo films and a host of Avengers team-up movies, ultimately saying goodbye to the role and the MCU in Avengers: Endgame, sacrificing himself to defeat Thanos (Josh Brolin).

Now that Downey Jr.’s Iron Man is absent from the MCU, many fans are wondering who will be next to take up the mantle. After the introduction of the multiverse in Loki and its further expansion in Spider-Man: No Way Home, rumors swirled before the release of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness regarding what characters might be making appearances. Among those highly rumored to be in the film was Cruise as Iron Man, a multiversal variant of the character who would have been part of the Illuminati. While fans were treated to John Krasinski as Reed Richards and the return of Patrick Stewart as Professor X in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Cruise was notably absent from the ensemble.

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In a new piece of art generated using Craiyon, an AI image creation tool, fans can see a rough approximation of what Cruise would have looked like as Iron Man. The images in the grid see Cruise donning the early versions of the Downey Jr. Iron Man suit, but also depict the actor more casually as Tony Stark in a suit and tie. Check out the AI-generated image below:

While the veracity of claims regarding whether Cruise was ever actually in talks to appear as Iron Man is questionable at best, the art does provide a surprisingly interesting rendition of what the Top Gun: Maverick star would have looked like in Downey Jr.’s shoes. As with most other AI-generated art, the facial structure leaves much to be desired, but, nevertheless, it’s easy to see why so many fans wanted Cruise to appear as Iron Man. It’s also notable that the images depict Cruise in what appears to be the Mark III or Mark IV armor, both relatively early iterations of the suit, instead of the nano-tech suit Stark wore in later films.


Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness ultimately delivered a handful of fun cameos, but some fans were evidently disappointed that Cruise’s Iron Man was not among them. With the multiverse now allowing for more creative one-off cameos than ever before, it’s still possible that the actor could appear as the character down the line, but considering Cruise’s commitments to the Mission: Impossible franchise, it’s unlikely to happen anytime soon. For now, it looks like AI art generators are the closest viewers will get to actually seeing Cruise as Iron Man.

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More: Would Tom Cruise Have Saved Doctor Strange’s Disappointing Illuminati?


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