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"You really think a black suit is going to solve all of your problems?"
"We protect the earth from the scum of the universe. With agents in every major city around the world, some more decorated than others. Agent H, you’re one of the best ever to wear the suit, but you’ll need a partner."
High T

Men in Black: International is a 2019 science fiction action comedy, and the fourth film of the Men in Black series, directed by F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton, The Fate of the Furious) and written by Art Marcum & Matt Holloway (Iron Man).

Molly Wright lived her life being aware of the existence of aliens and the Men in Black ever since avoiding neuralisation as a child. Finally landing a lead on them as an adult, she infiltrates their New York headquarters and insistently volunteers herself to be recruited into the agency. Impressed by her tenacity, Agent O recruits her under the codename "Agent M", and sends her to MiB's UK branch for probationary training. There, M assigns herself to partner with Agent H, UK's top agent who has gone soft ever since defeating an evil race of aliens known as the Hive with his former partner and current head of the UK branch, High T, three years ago. When a pair of shapeshifting aliens seeking a Weapon of Mass Destruction arrives on Earth, hinting at the return of the Hive, it is up to Agents H and M to travel the world to keep the weapon safe, find The Mole amongst their ranks, and save Earth from the impending second arrival of the Hive.


Conceived as a spinoff, it is the first film in the Men in Black series to not feature Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as Agents J and K. Replacing them as leads are Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson as Agents H and M, respectively, while Emma Thompson reprises her role as Agent O from Men in Black 3. Also in the film are Liam Neeson as the head of the UK MiB branch, High T, as well as Kumail Nanjiani, Rafe Spall, and Rebecca Ferguson.

Previews: Trailer 1.


Men in Black: International contains examples of:

  • Actor Allusion:
    • During a confrontation with an alien, Chris Hemsworth's Agent H wields a hammer, which he throws at an alien, who catches it. The lyrics of the music are even timed for an "oh snap" in reference to Avengers: Infinity War.
    • Pawny asks Agent M if she is a Queen, and Agent H is the one to convince him that a Men in Black agent is "like a queen". In Avengers: Endgame, Chris Hemsworth's character Thor is the one to name Tessa Thompson's character Valkyrie as queen of New Asgard.
    • Liam Neeson's very first line is "I hate Paris." Who would blame him?
  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The Japanese version uses a song by Yoshimotozaka46, titled "Konya wa Eeyan".
  • Arc Words: The phrase "with nothing but our wits and our Series 7 Deatomizers" constantly comes up in relation to H and High T saving the world from the Hive. It's eventually revealed that this is literally all H remembers of the event, as he was neuralyzed by the Hive-infected High T to conceal the fact that he didn't actually beat the Hive.
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: Piers Morgan and Donald Glover are aliens. Gustave Eiffel was apparently a founding Men In Black agent.
  • BFG: A series trademark returns. Agent H uses a Ray Gun that's shaped like a drum magazine Tommy Gun, and Agent M has one shaped like a minigun.
  • Big Damn Heroes: As M is knocked into the portal and headed towards the Hive, Pawny flies in after her and uses one of his grappling guns to catch her. He then uses his other gun to pull them both out of the portal and back into the Eiffel Tower.
  • Book-Ends: The prologue in 2016 takes place at the Eiffel Tower. The final battle later takes place there as H and M try to stop High T from destroying the world.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Agent H is referred to as "one of the best to ever wear the suit"...and he's introduced napping at his desk before getting woken up by M and going to get lunch at 9:30. He quickly proves to be a deconstruction since all of his colleagues hate him at best, his friends have abandoned him, and the only reason he keeps his job is because High T looks out for him, and even he is getting tired of cleaning up H's messes. It is implied that his tendencies were due to a Hive-infected T's neuralization of him.
  • The Bus Came Back: Frank the Pug was absent from Men in Black 3. He returns here. Well, at least for a single scene.
  • Call-Back: To Agent K's Cool Car and its Big Red Button in the first movie.
  • Character Outlives Actor: Despite the real-life dog who portrayed him having died since the second movie, Frank the Pug was able to make a cameo when Molly attempts her Bavarian Fire Drill early on.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: The alien M helped escape the MiB as a child ended up becoming Riza's bodyguard years later. After recognising Agent M as Molly, he spares her and H while protecting them from Riza as they escape to return the favor.
  • Continuity Nod: Agent J is featured on one of the paintings inside the MiB London hall. Another painting also appears to depict J and K's climatic battle against Edgar the Bug in his true form.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: M and H are shaping up to be this to J and K, respectively.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: H is irresponsible, flighty and unprofessional due to various reasons, but he's the absolute best agent in MiB's London office. He tones down the Moron part by the end when he's promoted to Probationary Head of the London office.
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory!: Right before the climax, M declares she wants to drive and hops into the front left seat of H's car, since American cars have their driver seats on the left. Unfortunately for her, she's in Britain, and the English put their driver seats on the right.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: H is poisoned, and begging a female alien for the antidote, he promises her anything she wants. Cue him waking up in bed next to her. He doesn't seem happy, but neither he nor the film itself goes as far as to treat this as rape.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: The Diads, immune to every weapon the MiB throws at them, are suddenly blasted apart by a squad of MiB agents, which T nonchalantly Hand Waves as having just used the right voltage this time.
  • Dyson Sphere: The MacGuffin turns out to be a a star compressed inside a handheld gun that's capable of destroying solar systems.
  • Expy: You may be excused for thinking you're watching another Sony Pictures franchise. Liam Neeson's portrayal of T as head of the London office who was the agent who saved the world at one point on a mission with H remarkably echoes that of another Badass Bureaucrat as played by Ralph Fiennes. And Chris Hemsworth's portrayal of Agent H borders at times on an blatantly unsubtle audition for another role that Hemsworth has stated he'd "love" to play.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: Agent H defeated the Hive with nothing but his wits and a Series 7 Deatomizer. Except he didn't. The Hive infected T, Neuralized H into believing that's what happened and went into hiding, waiting for the right time to strike.
  • Flash Step: This is how the Hive possessed Diad race moves, and it's just as Uncanny Valley as it sounds.
  • Fly-at-the-Camera Ending: M drives the flying car at us at the end.
  • Flying Car: The Cool Car used by H and M has a Big Red Button yet again. Only this time it's not a rocket boost, it makes the car take off instead.
  • Genki Girl: M is a subdued version as while she has a tendency to act cool and collected and by the book it's obvious she's insanely geeking out over actually being a member of the MiB.
  • Good All Along: The alien twins turn out to be looking for the superweapon to destroy the Hive, not help them. It's a bit undermined by the fact that they still murdered a completely innocent man for a disguise, though.
  • Hellgate: The Hive turn the portal in the Eiffel Tower into one while trying to invade Earth.
  • Hover Bike: Agents H and M use one such at one point, and M has to neuralize everyone around them as they drive.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: H tries this on the mole, High T. And it shows signs of working until Hive tendrils latch onto him, fully taking control again.
  • Ikea Weaponry: Agents H and M have some BFGs that have to be assembled from parts concealed in their Cool Car.
  • I'm Dying, Please Take My MacGuffin: Vungus gives it to M.
  • Irony: When Agent M first arrives in UK headquarters, she stares at an alien-monitoring screen featuring a country-based celebrity cameo, to which High T comments "It's never who you think it is." Indeed, High T's body was already long taken over by the Hive and is now a member of the Hive masquerading as him.
  • Lady in a Power Suit: Agent M, once she joins the men in black. She even notes that the suit looks good on anyone.
  • Landmarking the Hidden Base: The Eiffel Tower is a Men In Black spaceport.
  • Mean Brit: Agent C, though it turns he’s of the Jerk with a Heart of Gold variety.
  • The Men in Black: Once again, it is about agents wearing black suits that are tasked to keep aliens who are present on Earth in check and maintain The Masquerade. Only this time it's abroad.
  • The Mole: The main crux of the story, with there being one in the UK branch of MIB. The mole is High T, who had been infected by the Hive and neuralized H into thinking he had defeated them.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Riza, H's ex who is also the most dangerous arms dealer in the galaxy has three arms and puts up a hell of a fight against M.
  • Mythology Gag: Agent O's line about being "recognized only as deja vu and dismissed just as quickly" harkens back to Zed's monologue in the first movie.
    • Also, as Agent M is being suited up in the trailer, one can see a box containing guns that appear to be an updated version of the classic Noisy Cricket.
    • In an inversion of the classic "Noisy Cricket" gag from the first movie (a tiny gun that lets out a massive blast), there's a moment in the trailer where M and H have to work together to fire a massive laser cannon...which at first lets out only a tiny little puff of smoke.
  • N.G.O. Superpower: The MIB are (or are now) based worldwide, not just in the USA, what with having headquarters in London, and also being shown to operate in Paris and Rio de Janeiro.
  • Noble Bigot with a Badge: Agent C expresses clear disdain for aliens, but is still on the good guy's side.
  • One-Winged Angel: True to Men In Black tradition, once High T is revealed to have been infected by the hive back in 2016 he sheds his human appearance and becomes a ten foot tall Cthulhu-esque monster.
  • Parental Substitute: T is one to H.
  • Portal Network: The Eiffel Tower is part of one that lets alien refugees come to Earth.
  • Pulling the Thread: T and H have long been asked how they beat the Hive the first time and simply reply "with nothing but our wits and Series 7 deatomizers." As they race to face the Hive, M presses H on more details than that...and H simply says the same line. It then hits him that he can't remember any details other than that and thus he and M realized T neuralyzed him to forget what happened.
  • Red Herring: Agent C is the most obvious candidate for The Mole, being antagonistic to the heroes. In addition, many people comment on Agent H not acting like himself for some time, falsely hinting at possibly a sleeper agent issue. It's eventually revealed to be High T, the seeming Reasonable Authority Figure.
  • Retcon: The first film said that the Men in Black originated from a (presumably American) government program in the mid 1950's and the first alien arrivals were in 1961 outside New York. This film says that the first aliens arrived via a wormhole in the Eiffel Tower in the 1890's, and that Gustave Eiffel (died in 1923) was a founder of the Men in Black.
  • Sequel Goes Foreign: Unlike its predecessors, this film features a branch of the MiB based in London. It's also officially titled Men in Black International, suggesting a globe-trotting plot, which it lives up to by visiting Paris, Marrakesh and Naples. Other locations are briefly seen on occasion.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: Tessa Thompson is 5ft 3 ½ tall, and her BFG is bigger than Chris Hemsworth's.
  • Soft Reboot: Of the Men in Black franchise. Though it exists in the continuity of the original trilogy, it (mostly) features an all-new cast of characters, with, so far, only Agent O, Frank the Pug and the Worms returning.
  • Stopped Numbering Sequels: The first Men in Black sequel to not have a number in its title. Chronologically, it's the fourth film in the franchise.
  • Tag Line: "The universe is expanding."
  • Tell Him I'm Not Speaking to Him: Agents H and M use Pawny as a third wheel while fixing the hi-tech motorcycle in the desert.
  • That Man Is Dead:
    High T: (to H) You were always like a son to me.
    M: That's not T anymore.
    T: You were always like a son to me. (Transforms into a large, tentacle-covered monster) You were always like a son to him.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Similar to J and K from the previous films, M and H share this dynamic for the most part.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: The Diads, who assassinate Vungus in order to steal a superweapon powerful enough to obliterate a solar system. However, it turns out that their motive was to use this weapon against the Hive, which had done far worse to their home world.
  • Weaponized Landmark: The Hive have made multiple attempts to turn the Eiffel Tower into a Hellgate.

"Always remember, the universe has a way of leading you to where you’re supposed to be at the moment you’re supposed to be there."

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