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Men in Black: International (stylized as MIB: International in promotional material) is a 2019 American science fiction action comedy film directed by F. Gary Gray and written by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. It is a spin-off of the Men in Black film series, which is loosely based on the Malibu/Marvel comic book series of the same name by Lowell Cunningham. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Kumail Nanjiani, Rebecca Ferguson, Rafe Spall, Laurent and Larry Bourgeois, and Liam Neeson. Emma Thompson reprises her role from the third film, while Tim Blaney returns to voice Frank the Pug from the first two installments.
Talks of a fourth Men in Black film began after the release of Men in Black 3 in 2012. In February 2018, Hemsworth signed on to lead a spin-off while Gray was hired to direct, and Thompson joined the cast the following month. Filming took place in New York City, Morocco, Italy, and London from July to October 2018.
Men in Black: International was theatrically released in the United States on June 14, 2019, by Sony Pictures Releasing, under its Columbia Pictures label. The film was a box office disappointment and received generally negative reviews, who criticized the "lackluster action and forgettable plot" and considered it to be the worst of the series, although the chemistry between Hemsworth and Thompson was praised.
In 1996 Brooklyn, Molly Wright witnesses her parents being neuralysed by agents of Men in Black while she helps an alien escape, avoiding neuralysation herself. Twenty-three years later, rejected from government agencies due to her "delusions" regarding alien life, Molly tracks down an alien landing and follows MIB agents to their headquarters in New York City. Caught entering the agency, Molly makes an impression on Agent O, arguing that she has proven her skills and has no life outside her search for the agency. She is awarded probationary agent status as "Agent M" and assigned to the organisation's London branch.
There, M meets High T, head of the London branch, and Agent H. M learns that H and High T fought off an invasion of the Hive – a parasitic race who invade planets by merging with the DNA of the conquered species – at the Eiffel Tower in 2016, using a wormhole included in the original migration to Earth; H has since become unconcerned with his duties and only keeping his job due to High T covering for him. M arranges for herself to be assigned to assist H in his meeting with Vungus the Ugly, his close friend and alien royalty. During their night out with Vungus, they are accosted by mysterious alien twins able to manifest as pure energy. They fatally injure Vungus, who gives M a strange crystal before he dies, claiming that H has changed since they last met and cannot be trusted. M points out that few people knew Vungus' location, and he was likely betrayed by one of the agents present when High T assigned H to guard him. Nervous at the possibility of a traitor within MiB, High T assigns Agents C and M to conduct an investigation while H is demoted to desk duty, with evidence suggesting that the twins had DNA traces of the Hive.
H convinces M to join him in following a lead to Marrakesh, where they recover "Pawny", the last survivor of a small group of aliens attacked by the Twins. Pawny pledges loyalty to M, and they are trapped by MiB agents coordinated by C, who recovered video footage of Vungus passing the crystal to M and believes she is the traitor. With the aid of alien contacts Nasr and Bassam, H escapes with M and Pawny on a rocket-powered bike, and they learn that Vungus’ crystal is a weapon powered by a compressed blue giant. As they repair the damaged bike, Bassam steals the weapon and takes it to Riza Stavros, an alien arms dealer and H's ex-girlfriend. Travelling to Riza's island fortress, the trio attempts to infiltrate the base, but are caught by Riza and her bodyguard Luca Brasi. Luca, the alien M rescued as a child, returns the favour by allowing them to leave with the weapon while he keeps Riza contained. The three are cornered by the Twins, who are killed by High T and a group of agents.
Although the case appears concluded, H and M review the evidence and realise that the Twins' phrases suggest they required the weapon to use against the Hive, especially when the only evidence of Hive DNA was provided by High T. They discover High T has deleted the case file and not sent the weapon to evidence. C also realises High T's deception, and allows H and M to follow High T to the Eiffel Tower. As they travel to the wormhole, M's questioning of H's memory of the Hive's defeat reveals he was neuralysed when the Hive converted High T into one of their own. The High T/Hive hybrid activates a wormhole to draw the Hive to Earth, but H draws out High T's true personality long enough for M to use the weapon at full capacity to destroy High T and the Hive infestation trying to reach Earth.
With the truth of High T's conversion exposed, Agent O joins H and M in Paris, where she grants M full agent status and appoints H probationary head of MiB's London branch.
Chris Hemsworth as Henry / Agent H, a top agent in the MIB UK branch
Tessa Thompson as Molly Wright / Agent M, a rookie MIB recruit assigned to the UK branch
Mandeiya Flory as Young Molly
Liam Neeson as High T, the head of the MIB UK branch
Kumail Nanjiani as Pawny, a tiny alien warrior that H and M befriend
Rafe Spall as Agent C, an MIB agent in the UK branch who is skeptical of H's past
Rebecca Ferguson as Riza Stavros, an alien intergalactic arms dealer and H's ex-girlfriend
Laurent and Larry Bourgeois as the Twins, a shape-shifting alien duo seeking a dangerous artifact
Larry Bourgeois also portrays the human that the Twins kill and base their appearance on
Emma Thompson as Agent O, the head of the MIB who operates in the US
Kayvan Novak as Vungus the Ugly, a member of an alien royal family and friend of H
Kayvan Novak also portrays Nasr and voices Bassam
Annie Burkin as Nerlene
Tim Blaney as Frank the Pug (voice)
Spencer Wilding as Luca Brasi, an alien mobster who acts as personal bodyguard to Riza Stavros
Marcy Harriell and Inny Clemons cameo as Molly's parents in a flashback
Thom Fountain and Drew Massey as the Worm Guys (voices) worm-like aliens that work for MIBProduction
In February 2018, it was reported that Chris Hemsworth would star in the film, set to be directed by F. Gary Gray. The following month, Tessa Thompson joined the cast. In May 2018, it was reported that Liam Neeson was in talks to star in the film as the head of the UK branch of the agency. The film was written by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway and produced by Laurie MacDonald and Walter Parkes. In June 2018, Kumail Nanjiani, Rafe Spall, and Les Twins (Laurent and Larry Bourgeois) were added to the cast. Danny Elfman, who scored the first three Men in Black films, returned to compose the score for the film alongside Chris Bacon. Steven Spielberg executively produced.... Discover the Tess Thompson popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Tess Thompson books.