The Spy Who Dumped Me hit theaters this past weekend, bringing with it a delightful blend of female buddy comedy and surprisingly violent spy adventure. The movie makes good use of the conceit of two everywomen—Mila Kunis’ Audrey and Kate McKinnon’s Morgan—pulled into the world of international espionage.
Those of you who have seen the movie now that it ends with an epilogue featuring Audrey and Morgan in Japan a year following their stint in Europe. They are spies working with Sam Heughan’s Sebastian Crenshaw. In giving Audrey and Morgan actual spy jobs, the epilogue somewhat undermines the realism of the world. However, it is also a whole lot of fun and would act as a jumping off point for a would-be sequel, said director Susanna Fogel.
“It was originally conceived as a coda, kind of like a bonus thing,” Fogel told Den of Geek, naming the Marvel epilogues as inspiration. “And what we want to do in the sequel is start with a reference to this horrible, botched job that they did. That was Tokyo. So it’s like we think this is a victorious moment but, actually, in the grand narrative of them as spies, they screwed it up.”
Fogel said they shot the sequence not knowing if it would work.
“It didn’t feel right to have a comedic out, just a light comedy out,” said Fogel. “I didn’t want to see Kate’s parents again or something. So we just wanted to do a nod … if each action sequence throughout the movie is a nod to a subgenre of the action movie, that one’s like the pure video-game-graphic-novel-IP thing. We were like, ‘Okay, let’s just design this like it’s this Japanese graphic novel version of them.’ But, yeah, it’s completely absurd.”
Audrey and Morgan wear glorious sequin statement outfits in the epilogue, outfits that Fogel said directly inspired the scene.
“It kind of started with the outfits,” said Fogel. “So, OK, this woman in London makes suits made of sequins and we’re going to build a scene around them…”
“[Mila and Kate] loved that when they escape from L.A., they would be running around Europe in tank tops, button fronts, and slouchy khakis,” Spy costume designer Alex Bovaird told Simon Said. “By the end of the movie, we pay testament to everything they have learned. They feel powerful and confident wearing their stunning sequin numbers. I think either way of dressing can be feminine and feminist.”
While The Spy Who Dumped Me story doesn’t particularly demand a sequel, the chemistry between Kunis and McKinnon would certainly support it. And I wouldn’t say no to more sparkly outfits, either.
The Spy Who Dumped Me is currently in theaters.