Guardians of the Galaxy is a very good movie that was received extremely well by almost everyone. It hit the perfect tone. The problem is that tone is also the tone of Flash Gordon. In 2015, Kingsman: The Golden Circle director Matthew Vaughn was tapped to direct a remake of Flash Gordon. It seemed like a reaction to the success of the Marvel movie, and Vaughn recently told Collider that the movie is on the back burner because Guardians did what he wanted to do with Flash Gordon:
"Yeah, we've been working on it. For me, the only problem with Flash Gordon is Guardians [of the Galaxy] kind of stole what I would have liked to have done with it. You've got Star Wars, you've got Guardians, so you've got to have your own space opera, but you have to find something that can survive among these two very, very great franchises."
This doesn't mean the movie isn't happening, but more that Vaughn is waiting for inspiration to hit and when it does there won't be any stopping him:
"The way I choose films is when I know I have to make it. Simple as that. There will be a moment where I can't think of anything else other than getting behind a camera and shooting a movie. It's a very hard switch to click; once it's on, nothing stops me."
It sounds like Kingsman is going to do very well at the box office this weekend, even if the critical reception is not nearly as good, so the odds are pretty good that Vaughn is going to do a third movie before moving on to Flash Gordon. Or he could wake up tomorrow and decide Flash Gordon needs to happen right now and we'll be off.
Summary: When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsman's journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US. These two elite secret organizations must band together to defeat a common enemy.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle, directed by Matthew Vaughn, stars Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Halle Berry, with Sir Elton John, Channing Tatum, and Jeff Bridges. It's out now.