The Men in Black have expanded to cover the globe, but so have the scum of the universe.
And to keep us safe, decorated Agent H (Chris Hemsworth) and determined rookie M (Tessa Thompson) are partnered – an unlikely pairing that just might work.
As they face a new alien threat that can take any form, including MIB agents, they must join forces on a globetrotting adventure to save the agency, and ultimately the world.
Building on the idea that there are aliens from other worlds living among us, Men in Black (MIB): International introduces new agents, weapons, aliens and locations, while bringing together some of today’s most in-demand and talented actors.
They include Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson as the titular heroes, Agents H and M.
Emma Thompson reprises her role as the head of MIB, and Liam Neeson, Rebecca Ferguson and Kumail Nanjiani also play key roles.
Walter F Parkes and Laurie MacDonald return as the franchise’s “guardians”, having produced all four films, starting with 1997s Men in Black, and have brought on board director F Gary Gray, whose work encompasses epic action and thrills (The Fate of the Furious), raucous comedy and galvanising drama (Straight Outta Compton) to bring scale, laughs and a unique vision to the sequel.
Men in Black: International screenwriters Art Marcum and Matt Holloway had earlier penned the screenplay for Iron Man, which helped launch the Marvel Cinematic Universe – the tone of which was inspired by MIB.
Indeed, the MIB franchise is defined by its creativity and inventiveness – blending comedy, science fiction and adventure, a mix that other franchises would follow.
The movie opens in cinemas today.