The top-secret agency tasked with monitoring alien activity on Earth returns next summer to protect all of humanity from, to quote a rapping Will Smith, "the worst scum of the universe."
A fourth installment to the Men in Black franchise has finally entered principal photography, and the first photos of Chris Hemsworth's character on set have made their way online via JustJared.com. He's got on the black suit and the black Ray-Bans; the latter is crucial for filtering out the memory-erasing effects of the MIB's coolest gadget, the Neuralyzer.
As for the suit, it's the last piece of clothing anyone who joins the agency will ever wear, according to its leader Agent Zed (played by Rip Torn in the first two movies), since agents no longer "exist" when they join up and the fact that the mortality rate is pretty high when you, as a human, are dealing with deadly aliens from beyond the stars.
While not much is known about the upcoming movie, simply titled MIB at the moment, we do know that F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton) is directing, while Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok), Liam Neeson (The Commuter), Kumail Nanjiani (The Lego Ninjago Movie), and Rafe Spal (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) co-star.
Despite the fact that original director/producer Barry Sonnenfeld won't be involved in any way, the project still seems to be in very good hands, having been written by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, the duo behind the first Iron Man movie. In addition, Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment returns as a producing partner, a good sign that the acclaimed director still has faith in the franchise.
Since both Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are getting a little long in the tooth, it makes sense to explore a younger generation of Men in Black agents, but it would still be cool to get some cameos from Agents J and K, the ones who kicked off the film series back in 1997.
The Men in Black sequel/reboot/spinoff (whatever you wanna call it) invades theaters June 14, 2019. A teaser poster, simply depicting a pair of sunglasses that reflect one of the UFOs from the 1964 World's Fair (featured in the climax of the original movie), was released back in May.