It seems even a bullet to the head can’t stop Kingsman secret agent Harry Hart.
He was apparently killed by the evil Richmond Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) in 2015’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, and now Firth himself is weighing in on the speculation about Harry’s fate.
“I can’t give too much away about in what capacity I’m back,” Firth told Collider. “A lot of people have speculated and a lot of people have come to the wrong conclusions about it.
So how will Harry return? Heat Vision previously reported a twin brother or flashback are out. Here are three other ways fans could see the return of Agent Hart to the Kingsman sequel:
1. He pulls a Six Feet Under
The award-winning HBO drama Six Feet Under was notable for being one of the only shows in which a character’s death didn’t mean they’d be off the series — the actor might even get more work. And just as departed characters served to guide the living on Six Feet Under, so might Hart provide continued mentorship to Eggsy (Taron Egerton). Their father-son relationship was palpable, and even more poignant as a result of Eggsy’s own strained relationship with his abusive stepfather. Hart could return not so much as a flesh-and-blood character, but one that stands near Eggsy in moments of trial. He could be the Obi-Wan Kenobi voice telling Luke Skywalker to use the force. If the filmmakers did take this approach, they could probably incorporate Hart throughout the film, unless …
2. Harry saves the day
Picture Eggsy facing death in a seemingly intractable situation: locked in a dungeon, perhaps. And then cue Hart coming through the roof. His entrance as a third-act deus ex machina could provide a thrilling comeback for the ever-showy secret agent. Some hint might have to be dropped early in the film so there’s something to explain how he could survive a bullet to the head.
Egerton offered a possible clue when he shared a message “from an old friend” with an accompanying picture superimposing a pair of Hart’s glasses missing an eyeglass over a Mark Twain-inspired “Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” This was the first hint Hart would be making an appearance in the film. Going off Egerton’s tweet, perhaps a (somewhat) bullet-proof pair of glasses saved his life in the first film. Fashion accessories like umbrellas have already been shown to deflect gunfire, so why not? And with a cast including bold-faced names (Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Elton John, Jeff Bridges), it wouldn’t be shocking to see one of their characters responsible for bringing back Hart in the nick of time. But don’t bar the possibility of Hart returning as a shell of his old self — an avatar in somebody else’s control (as he was just before his death.) Perhaps Valentine, strangely averse to blood, handed Hart’s body off to some other nefarious entity or individual after killing him.
3. The mundane way
Just before shooting Agent Hart in the head, Valentine made a winky comment about how the movie they were in was not one in which he, the villain, was going to spend the time explaining his evil plot, thus allowing for the protagonist to be miraculously rescued. It was an obvious nod to what was about to come in the moment, but wholly unexpected in the overall trajectory of the film.
Following in that vein of anticlimax, the final way Hart could live on would be to … live on. Headshot wounds are usually pretty fatal, but not as a rule (and this is fiction, after all). It wouldn’t entirely be out of left field for Hart to emerge in dramatic light from some hospital bed with a particularly bad headache. Still, his “death” scene did look pretty convincing, complete with an extra trail of blood and a worryingly still body. The big drawback to this theory: It’s not as creatively fulfilling or as wacky a revival narrative as you’d expect from the franchise. But it’s not necessarily a cop-out, either.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle is scheduled to bow June 16, 2017.