If the predecessors have dealt with the story of the two agents J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) and their not always happy partnership, the spin-off is a new force in the foreground. And a new venue. This time, it’s all about MiB headquarters in London, which is at the center of a global alien invasion. The head of the headquarters (Liam Neeson) and the two agents H (Chris Hemsworth) and M (Tessa Thompson) have their hands full to prevent the worst.
But in contrast to its predecessors, the action this time is not limited to a scene. While the MiB had previously dealt with extraterrestrial petty criminals, this time it’s the really big caliber. For support, Agent H and Agent M have the well-known Agent O (Emma Thompson) at their side. That will hardly be enough if the aliens are serious.
Fans of the “Men in Black” movie series are now so used to punctual waiting. The third part has not only felt like forever waiting. All the more reassuring that the 2019 spin-off has now been assigned a fixed theatrical release.
When director Barry Sonnenfeld released the comic book adaptation of the Malibu / Marvel series in 1997 with “Men in Black”, one could not have guessed that it would develop into one of the defining films of the late ’90s. But thanks to the cool buddy action between Will Smith (“Bright”) and Tommy Lee Jones (“This Is Only the Beginning”), “Men in Black” became the mega hit that won an Academy Award for Best Makeup and $ 500 million worldwide recorded – the sequel “Men in Black II” followed in 2002.
Since the second part is just behind the success of the first part – “only” 400 million – it was long silent about the film series. Barry Sonnenfeld (“cursed”) was only ten years later with “Men in Black 3” a close to the film series. The third part topped the original and established through its time travel plot a much larger universe in which future spin-offs or reboots could take place. But even then, unfortunately, once there was radio silence from the alien front.
In 2019 it should finally be time: With a still untitled fourth part is a fresh spin-off in the cinemas. Mastermind Barry Sonnenfeld was not available anymore. The directing chair will be taken over by F. Gary Gray, who has not only proven that he can do action with “Fast & Furious 8” and “Straight Outta Compton”, but also the staging of coolness. The script is written by the two “Iron Man” authors Art Marcum and Matt Holloway.