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  • It was announced that 22 Jump Street (2014) writer Oren Uziel would write the film.
  • Rumored to be a 'Jump Street' and 'Men In Black' cross-over.
  • It's said to be a 21 Jump Street/Men in Black crossover movie.
  • It has been confirmed that the Jump Street sequels seen in the credits of 22 Jump Street (2014) are canon and will be explained in 23 Jump Street.
  • In 22 Jump Street, there is a scene where Jenko and Schmit walk into 22 Jump Street, their headquarters. After they walk in the camera pans to a construction site which says '23 Jump Street', implying that there will be another sequel.
  • Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith stated that they would not return for this film. They do appear briefly, in a painting in the London MiB office, which is a dramatized depiction of their fight with the Edgar-bug from Men in Black (1997).
  • This will be the first Jump Street film not sporting "Jump Street" in the title in hopes to expand the cinematic universe.
  • Sony confirmed that this will be a Jump Street/Men in Black crossover.
  • This is the first "Men in Black" movie not directed by Barry Sonnenfeld.
  • In December 2017, Jaden Smith tweeted that he should star in Men in Black 4, because he "needed some answers" about extraterrestrial life.
  • Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth were featured in Thor: Ragnarok (2017).
  • In July 2018, it was announced that Emma Thompson would reprise her role as Agent O from Men in Black 3 (2012).
  • The film was released twenty-two years after Men in Black (1997), seventeen years after Men in Black II (2002), seven years after the releases of 21 Jump Street (2012) and Men in Black 3 (2012) and at last but not least, five years after 22 Jump Street (2014). However, this is no longer a shared Universe with "21 Jump Street" as of right now.
  • Like with the Toy Story franchise, it has had their sequels released a few and a long time later. Untitled Men in Black Spin-Off (2019) will be released in the same year as Toy Story 4 (2019). This untitled MIB film is the only film in the franchise that will be released in the same year as a Toy Story film.
  • Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson (Agents H and M) and Kumail Nanjiani (Pawny) are the eighth, ninth and tenth cast members to appear in both the "Men in Black" and the Marvel Cinematic Universe films (Hemsworth and Thomspon play Thor and Valkryie, and Nanjiani plays Kingo in Eternals (2020)). The previous cast members were: Tommy Lee Jones (Agent K, Colonel Phillips), Vincent D'Onofrio (Edgar the Bug, Wilson Fisk), Rosario Dawson (Laura, Claire Temple), Josh Brolin (Young Agent K, Thanos), Mike Colter (Colonel Edwards, Luke Cage), Michael Stuhlbarg (Griffin the Unicorn, Nicodemus West) and Alice Eve (Young Agent O, Typhoid Mary).
  • VFXpert Rick Baker, who had worked on the "Men in Black" films and had retired in 2014, expressed interest in working on this film.
  • This was the second comic-book feature for Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson (after the MCU films) and Liam Neeson (after the Dark Knight films).
  • The film is a spinoff in the vein of Jurassic World (2015).
  • The film was originally going to be a "Jump Street" - "Men in Black" crossover with Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill reprising their roles. However, plans fell apart, so it became a spin-off, with Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson.
  • This will be the first Men in Black film to be shot in a widescreen 2.39:1 aspect ratio with ARRI Alexa 65 cameras, unlike the original trilogy which was shot in 1.85:1 with 35mm Panavision Panaflex Platinum, Panavision Panaflex Millennium, Arriflex 235, and Arricam cameras on the standard spherical format for the first two films and the Super 35 format for the third, although one scene was shot on ARRI Alexa.
  • This is F. Gary Gray's second film, since his directorial debut Friday (1995), to be shot in the taller 1.85:1 aspect ratio, although presented theatrically in the Univisium 2.00:1 aspect ratio. It is also the first Men In Black movie to be presented in the Univisium aspect ratio.
  • This was the first "Men in Black" movie to be shot entirely digitally with ARRI Alexa 65 cameras.
  • Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth previously teamed up as Valkyrie and Thor in Thor: Ragnarok (2017) and Avengers: Endgame (2019).
  • B-Team Sequel: Director Barry Sonnenfeld and actors Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith did not return.
  • The Danza: Downplayed. Chris Hemsworth as Agent H.
  • Fake Brit: The Australian Chris Hemsworth plays the British Agent H.
  • Release Date Change: Previously set for a May 17, 2019 release. It's been pushed to June 14, 2019.
  • Sequel Gap: The film will be released seven years after the last installment, Men in Black 3.
  • Those Two Actors: The pairing of Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson worked so well in Thor: Ragnarok that someone at Sony Pictures got the idea to cast them both to relaunch the Men in Black franchise.
  • Working Title: The film was announced with the title M.I.B. and later changed to Men in Black International.
  • This movie led to Matt Holloway & Art Marcum to write Masters of the Universe (2021).
  • Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Rafe Spall, and Rebecca Ferguson were all born in 1983.
  • This is the second F. Gary Gray film that is a sequel to a Barry Sonnenfeld film, the first being Be Cool (2005) which was a sequel to Get Shorty (1995).
  • Chris Hemsworth and his brother Liam have now both headlined a sequel to a Will Smith vehicle about extraterrestrials; Liam previously starred in Independence Day 2.
  • There is a brief joke when Chris Hemsworth holding a small hammer during his fighting with a blue alien - reminiscing his role as Thor.
  • During a fight, Agent H wields a small hammer. This is an obvious reference to actor Chris Hemsworth's role as Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Chris Hemsworth announced shortly after the release of this film that he would take a break from acting to be with his family.
  • This is the first Men in Black film to be given a BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) '12A' rating in the U.K. (the U.K. equivalent of the MPAA's 'PG-13' in the U.S.A.). The previous films were all rated 'PG' in Great Britain.
  • This is the first Men In Black movie to be presented in the Univisium 2.00:1 aspect ratio, unlike its predecessors which were presented in the taller 1.85:1 aspect ratio, although the trailers for this film are presented that way.
  • Frank the Pug (voiced by Tim Blaney) and the Worm Guys (voiced by Thom Fountain) are the only characters from the first Men in Black (1997) to also physically appear in this one. Although they have a prominent place on the movie's poster, these characters have less than a minute of screen-time.
  • Agent High T (Liam Neeson) is a pun on 'high tea', a typically English practice of having tea together with an assortment of sweet and savory snacks.
  • Agent J, Agent K and Frank the Pug are the only characters to appear in some form in every Men in Black movie. Agents J and K were characters in the first three movies, and appear in a painting in this one; Frank was in the Men in Black (1997), second and fourth movie, and appeared on a picture in J's living room in the third.
  • This is the first Men in Black movie to be filmed in the Univisium 2.00:1 aspect ratio, unlike the first three movies which were filmed in the taller 1.85:1 ratio, although trailers and TV spots advertised this film in 1.85.
  • The music in "Men in Black: International" is by Danny Elfman and Chris Bacon. Danny Elfman also composed the signature theme for the first Men in Black (1997).
  • The beautiful city of Paris has long been a destination for romantics, making the Eiffel Tower one of the most popular places to propose marriage in the world.
  • Molly's dad takes his three-wood with him to investigate the strange noise. A three-wood is a golf club that's used to hit the ball over long distances. They are generally not made of wood anymore, but, rather, metal.
  • In the first Men in Black (1997), Agents K and J often claimed to be from "Division Six." According to their websites at the time of this movie's release, there are six branches of the FBI: National Security Branch, Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch, Intelligence Branch, Science and Technology Branch, Information and Technology Branch, and Human Resources Branch. The CIA has five main directorates: Directorate of Analysis, Directorate of Operations, Directorate of Science & Technology, Directorate of Support, and Directorate of Digital Innovation.
  • A stranger to neither the big screen or small, Tessa Thompson can also be seen as Charlotte Hale in HBO's critically-acclaimed series "Westworld." The series received 43 Emmy nominations for its first and second seasons.
  • Tessa Thompson portrayed the singer-songwriter Bianca in 2015's "Creed." She reprised the role opposite Michael B. Jordan in 2018's "Creed II."
  • Molly's alien encounter occurs near the Pearl Street Triangle in an area of Brooklyn known as DUMBO, which stands for "Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass."
  • Tim Blaney voices Frank the Pug in the first two "Men in Black" movies as well as this one. He also voices one of the worms in "Men in Black 3" and the robot Johnny 5 from the "Short Circuit" films.
  • Agent O took over the New York headquarters after Agent Zed. Agent O gave a very moving eulogy at Agent Zed's funeral in an alien language.
  • The "Men in Black" films are all based on the Malibu Comic by Lowell Cunningham.
  • In this film, Emma Thompson reprises her role as Agent O. In "Men in Black 3," Agents J goes back in time and meet a young Agent O, who is played by Alice Eve.
  • Emma Thompson (Agent O) and Liam Neeson (High T) both appeared in the 2003 romantic comedy "Love Actually."
  • The MIB agents have been wearing the same standard issue Hamilton Ventura watch since the beginning. The iconic Ventura watch was first released in 1957.
  • Chris Hemsworth, who plays Agent H, is widely known for playing the Norse god Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He first played the character in 2011 in the titular film. He also appears in "Avengers: Endgame," which has made more than 2 billion dollars worldwide and surpassed James Cameron's "Titanic" and "Avatar" on the box office charts.
  • Producer Laurie MacDonald describes Chris Hemsworth as having "...effortless charm, strong comedy instincts and, as with all great stars, an extraordinary understanding of who he is as a screen persona."
  • Boots Riley directed Tessa Thompson and her co-stars Lakeith Stanfield and Armie Hammer in "Sorry to Bother You." The film premiered at Sundance in 2018 and went on to receive much awards recognition, including an NAACP Image Award nomination and a Film Independent Spirit Award.
  • Luckily, MIB has its own express train service between New York and London because those cities are over three thousand miles apart.
  • There was an Agent Tee in "Men in Black II" played by Patrick Warburton. Unfortunately, Agent Jay had to neuralyze him at a diner back in New York.
  • Composer Danny Elfman wanted Agent M to have her own theme because her journey is what connects to the audience emotionally.
  • It was director F. Gary Gray's idea to cast Les Twins, Larry and Laurent Bourgeois, as the film's villains. Les Twins are dancers and choreographers whose YouTube videos have been seen by millions around the world. They have also performed with artists like Beyoncé and Jay-Z.
  • The alien assassin characters were molded around the impressive dance moves of Les Twins. One of the twins, Larry Bourgeois, remarks, "We prefer to dance than to talk. In fact, the best way for us to communicate is through dance, and we have created our own style since childhood. We're perfectionists and crazy connected to one another, so it's incredible how F. Gary Gray took our dance and energy and created the perfect villain for us to portray..."
  • The building at the entrance to MIB London is an example of Art Nouveau, which was very popular style around the turn of the twentieth century.
  • Sir Paul Smith, who helped design the suits for the MIB agents in this film, appears as the typewriter repairman at the secret entrance to London's MIB headquarters.
  • In early 2019, Chris Hemsworth launched his personalized digital health and fitness program called CENTR. The app brings a team of elite experts together to help with one's physical fitness, diet, and mental health.
  • The filmmakers wanted the actor playing High T to be a formidable match for Chris Hemsworth, but also someone with a good feel for comedy. Producer Walter Parkes says, "Much like with Tommy Lee Jones as Agent K...we wanted to cast actors who could do comedy, as opposed to comic actors. Liam Neeson is a consummate actor with big comedy chops."
  • Rafe Spall plays Agent H's office nemesis, Agent C. One might remember Rafe Spall from his roles in "Shaun of the Dead" and "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom."
  • H&M began in Sweden with Erling Persson opening a store for women's clothing in 1947. The store was called "Hennes," which is Swedish for "hers." The M came along in 1968 when Hennes acquired Mauritz Widforss, a hunting and fishing apparel company.
  • Agent M says she heard that meditation "dramatically improves mitochondrial energy production." Mitochondria found inside of cells and they are indeed key to the cell's energy production. Mitochondria also have their own DNA.
  • In 2016, Tessa Thompson appeared as Valerie in the Off-Broadway production of "Smart People" with Joshua Jackson, Mahershala Ali, and Anne Son.
  • Tessa Thompson starred as Valkyrie opposite Chris Hemsworth's Thor in "Thor: Ragnarok." Taika Waititi directed "Thor: Ragnarok" and the TV show "What We Do in the Shadows" (based on his film of the same name) which stars Kayvan Novak, who appears in "Men in Black: International." Bonus: Another director of "What We Do in the Shadows," Jemaine Clement, played Boris the Animal in "Men in Black 3."
  • Chris Hemsworth was very impressed with Les Twins' dancing skills. He says of them, "There is something so impressive and also unnerving about the way they move in synchronicity. They even finish each other's thoughts, physically as well as verbally. It's amazing to watch."
  • VFX Supervisor Alessandro Ongaro talks about the most complicated VFX sequence in the film: meeting Vungus in the nightclub. "This is a pivotal point for the story and Vungus was fully digital from head to toe. He had to interact with H and M with full facial animation via keyframes," he says.
  • The scene on the street outside of the nightclub was filmed in an area of London called Ludgate Hill. The white building in the background is St. Paul's Cathedral.
  • Production designer Charles Wood designed the film's vehicles. The Jaguar XJ6 is full of hidden weapons. For example, there are five handguns in a window, a gun in the gas cap, and a Gatling gun in the rear bumper.
  • Kayvan Novak, who plays Vungus, was originally only a stand-in, but the filmmakers were happy with his performance and Novak ended up with the role.
  • The scene where Agents H and M face off against the alien assassins was filmed in Ludgate Hill.
  • According to producer Walter Parkes, the style of the first Liam Neeson drew upon the modernism of the 1960s that begin in the U.S. with the World's Fair in New York City. For this film, they were inspired by the British architecture from the Art Deco period, creating a more textured look.
  • The sunglasses that the agents wear in "Men in Black: International" are an exclusive design by Police, a lifestyle brand from the De Rigo Group.
  • Prop modeler Pierre Bohana worked on this film's design of the Men in Black's signature device, the Neuralyzer. "It's iconic, so we didn't change it too much," Bohanna explains. "We added a bit more animation to its mechanism - providing a little different feel with how it opens and moves - but its design remains unchanged from the version audiences loved from the first films."
  • In the first Men in Black (1997), Agent K shows Agent J a "Series 4 De-Atomizer." Of course, Agent J is issued a Noisy Cricket instead.
  • The film's composer, Danny Elfman, wrote the iconic themes for "The Simpsons." He has also written music for "The Nightmare Before Christmas," "Edward Scissorhands, "Big Fish," and many of Tim Burton's other films.
  • Marrakech is the fourth largest city in Morocco, with the largest city being Casablanca. In the first Men in Black (1997), Agent K mentions that the first aliens to come to Earth wanted to use the planet as an "apolitical zone" and he compares it to the movie "Casablanca."
  • Kayvan Novak plays Nasr, Agent H's contact in Marrakech, and also voices the beard-like creature on his face, Bassam.
  • Tessa Thompson loves the character of Pawny and knew that Kumail Nanjiani would be perfect for the role. Although his character is all CGI, Nanjiani flew out to London so he could read with Thompson and Chris Hemsworth in person, making the character interactions feel more dynamic.
  • Being a fan of the other "Men in Black" films, Kumail Nanjiani was excited to join the cast. He describes his character of Pawny as "snarky and innocent; cynical and enthusiastic; and intellectually mature and emotionally childlike."
  • The costume designer on the film, Penny Rose, and British designer Sir Paul Smith created a new look for the black suits of the London office. Tessa Thompson says, "The suits are really powerful and provide a sense of gravitas and force," but also that "they're still elegant - and suitable for a powerful and empowered woman."
  • According to Chris Hemsworth, each of the suits has a personal touch. For example, Hemsworth says that Agent H wears his suit with "non-regulation socks". High T's suit is also the only one with a waistcoat.
  • Production designer Charles Wood enjoyed imagining the look of the hover bike that Agents H and M ride in Marrakech. He says, "...we wanted a vehicle and shape as far removed from that world as possible." "We gave the hoverbike a big front end with a huge vent and we made sure to add some crazy flames coming out the back of the whistling turbine. It also had to be agile enough to squeeze down the city's narrow streets. We came up with around 30 different designs until we settled on a shape everyone was happy with. Then we built four of them."
  • Marrakech is famous for its open-air marketplaces, or souks. Each souk sells a different commodity. The most expensive goods are sold in the center of the souk area.
  • All of the suits worn by the men and women of MIB are cut from designer Sir Paul Smith's 100% wool A Suit to Travel In cloth, which has a "natural crease recovery" so that everybody will always look sharp no matter where saving the universe may take them.
  • Fans may remember the 1980s Ford LTD Crown Victoria that Agents J and K drove in the first Men in Black (1997). That car got the agents through some thick traffic in record time with the touch of a red button, a feature that lives on in the modern MIB vehicles.
  • The "high" in "high tea" refers to the height of the table on which it is served. Afternoon tea is a tradition that many upper class English people enjoy and it consists of tea served with small cakes and snacks at around 4 in the afternoon. Because many working class people were unable to take a break for tea at 4, they would instead wait to have tea after work and serve it with a heartier meal. This tea was served on a "high" table with high-backed chairs as opposed to a low table, similar to a coffee table, on which afternoon tea is served.
  • Kumail Nanjiani and his wife, Emily V. Gordon, wrote and appeared together in their film "The Big Sick." The film received the Critics' Choice Award for Best Comedy, an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay, and an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay, among many other accolades.
  • Production for this film also traveled to the Merzouga Desert, which is near the border of Morocco and Algeria.
  • Pawny references "The Notebook," which is a 2004 romantic movie starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams.
  • The island used to play for Riza's island fortress is called Ischia, a volcanic island near the coast of Naples. Ischia is also one of the sister cities of Los Angeles, CA.
  • Rebecca Ferguson and Chris Hemsworth both got their starts acting on soap operas in their home countries. Hemsworth appeared as Kim Hyde in the Australian series "Home and Away." Ferguson played Anna Gripenhielm on the Swedish show "Nya tider."
  • Tessa Thompson says of direction F. Gary Gray: "Gary doesn't miss a beat. His attention to detail and sense of scope and scale is incredible. Gary was always able to balance the legacy of the franchise with fresh ideas and a unique vision."
  • Wade Eastwood knew Rebecca Ferguson from both "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" and "Mission: Impossible - Fallout," where she played Ilsa Faust and he served as a stunt coordinator. When Eastwood recommended Ferguson play the part of Riza, the three-armed alien arms dealer, she said, "Where and when do you want me?"
  • In a video posted by the official "Men in Black" Twitter account, Kumail Nanjiani describes the character of Pawny as a version of himself. He says, "I basically sort of played a version of myself who's very very enthusiastic. I'm very enthusiastic but I get insecure about showing it too much, so this character Pawny is just basically me as a kid who's just always really excited, always ready for anything ... I just sort of pretended like I was a little kid."
  • Kumail Nanjiani will return as Dinesh on the HBO series "Silicon Valley," which will be returning for a sixth season. The show has won two Critics' Choice Awards for Best Comedy Series during its run so far.
  • Liam Neeson's character from the popular "Taken" movies has "a very particular set of skills" that helps him track down his kidnapped daughter. "Taken" also prominently features Paris.
  • Rafe Spall enjoyed playing Agent C because "it's fun to play a character who is horrible to everyone, all the time." He says, "It's quite freeing. We spend so much of our lives pretending to be nice, so it's great to not have to do that and get paid for it, as well!"
  • At the time of this film, drivers in the United Kingdom drive on the left-side of the road. In 1919, the world's territories were evenly split between left and right-handed driving, with 104 territories each.
  • There is a secret apartment at the top of the Eiffel Tower where Gustave Eiffel would entertain famous guests like Thomas Edison.
  • Production designer Charles Wood, who also worked on "Avengers: Endgame" and "Guardians of the Galaxy," described the Eiffel Tower in the movie as an "Ellis Island idea", a place where aliens from other universes would arrive on Earth, but a place that hasn't been used in a long time.
  • The Eiffel Tower was designed for the 1889 World's Fair in Paris. The "flying saucer" observation towers from the first Men in Black (1997) were created for the 1964/1965 World's Fair in New York.
  • The scene where Agent O meets Agents H and M in Paris takes place at the Place du Trocadero. The two statues visible are known as La Femme (The Woman) and L'homme (The Man).
  • Producer Walter Parkes comments on what he hopes the film will do for audiences: "'Men in Black: International' takes you on a journey into an exciting hidden world that's available if you just look hard enough. We hope that in addition to being entertained, you'll come out of the film and look at your own world with fresh eyes."
  • This is not the first Men in Black movie to have an Agent M. In 2002's Men In Black II, we meet an Agent M played by Michael Jackson.
  • The "Big Red Button". Which has been a running gag, throughout the franchise. As a "In case of emergency" situation . Is constantly used in this film.
  • Rip Torn, who played Zed in the first two movies, and an alien at his character's funeral in the third film, passed away a month after the release of this film.

Spoilers

  • When H is fighting Luca, there is a moment when he falls to the floor and the item closest to him is a hammer. H reaches for it but it is initially just out of reach. For just a split second, fans of the Thor movies may expect the hammer to leap to his hand (as H is the same actor who plays Thor).. However, he just pushes forward enough to grab it. Once he has it, he throws it at Luca but without success.
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