“Men In Black: International” Trailer Promises Gloss And Guns

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - DECEMBER 08Tessa Thompson attends at Sony presentation during Comic Con Sao Paulo on December 8, 2018 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The trailer for the Men In Black reboot dropped earlier today and audiences have been pleasantly surprised.

The original family sci-fi comedy starred Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as top-secret agents protecting the world from extraterrestrial threat. Barry Sonnenfeld’s directorial feature was a considerable success, spawning a sequel in 2002, along with a belated follow-up in 2012. However, our return to this world of well-equipped operatives and aliens looks rather different. Rather than continuing with familiar characters, the franchise has opted for a new cast.

Men In Black: International stars Tessa Thompson (Creed, Sorry To Bother You), who discovers the hidden organisation MIB and feels that her resourcefulness makes her the perfect candidate to work for them. Taking on the new title of Agent M, she is sent to London to team up with Agent H (Chris Hemsworth) and tackle her first big assignment, and of course, save the world. 

Honoree F. Gary Gray accepts the Excellence in the Arts Award onstage during BET Presents the American Black Film Festival Honors on February 17, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.Honoree F. Gary Gray accepts the Excellence in the Arts Award onstage during BET Presents the American Black Film Festival Honors on February 17, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.

The trailer has made a pretty good impression. There appears to be a chemistry between Thompson and Hemsworth, with her character balancing well with Agent H’s goofiness. Like the previous films, there is a focus on comedy, guns and gloss. It looks fun and slick, with lots of potential for stylish action set-pieces across a variety of global locations. What audiences want from a franchise like this is a dumb, fun, extraterrestrial shoot em’ up, and it looks like that’s exactly what we’ll get. There’s not so much a focus on the threat in the trailer, but more on the blossoming partnership between the two central characters; this is why the first one worked so well, so it seems they are on the right path to success.

Director F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton) appears to have captured the spirit of the nineties original, while also working with exciting stars and audience favourites such as Chris Hemsworth and Liam Neeson. Thompson looks like she’ll make a great addition to the franchise, and hopefully bring the series enough success to warrant a sequel.

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