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  • Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith stated that they would not return for this movie. 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 is the first "Men in Black" movie not directed by Barry Sonnenfeld.
  • Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson (Agents H and M) and Kumail Nanjiani (Pawny) are the eighth, ninth, and tenth cast members who appeared in the "Men in Black" and the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies (Hemsworth and Thomspon played Thor and Valkryie, and Nanjiani played Kingo in Eternals (2021)). 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).
  • Visual Effects Expert Rick Baker, who had worked on the Men in Black film franchise, and had retired in 2014, expressed interest in working on this movie.
  • This movie 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 is F. Gary Gray's second movie, since his directorial debut Friday (1995), shot in the taller 1.85:1 aspect ratio, although presented theatrically in the Univisium 2:1 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.
  • Previously set for a May 17, 2019 release, this movie was released on June 14, 2019.
  • This movie was released seven years after Men in Black 3 (2012).
  • Working Title: This movie was announced with the title "M.I.B." and later changed to "Men in Black: International".
  • This movie led to Matt Holloway and Art Marcum to write Masters of the Universe.
  • Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Rafe Spall, and Rebecca Ferguson were all born in 1983.
  • This is the second F. Gary Gray movie that is a sequel to a Barry Sonnenfeld movie. The first being Be Cool (2005), which was a sequel to Get Shorty (1995).
  • Chris Hemsworth and his brother Liam have now headlined a sequel to a Will Smith movie about extra-terrestrials. Liam previously starred in Independence Day: Resurgence (2016).
  • Chris Hemsworth announced shortly after the release of this movie that he would take a break from acting to be with his family.
  • Frank the Pug (voiced by Tim Blaney) and the Worm Guys (voiced by Thom Fountain) are the only characters from Men in Black (1997) and Men in Black II (2002) 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 screentime.
  • 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 first, second, and fourth movie, and appeared in a picture in J's living room in the third.
  • This is the first Men in Black movie filmed in the Univisium 2:1 aspect ratio, unlike the first three movies which were filmed in the taller 1.85:1 ratio, although trailers and television spots advertised this movie in 1.85:1.
  • The music in this movie was by Danny Elfman and Chris Bacon. Danny Elfman also composed the signature theme for Men in Black (1997).
  • 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 Men in Black (1997), Agents K and J were referred to be from "Division Six". According to their websites at the time of this movie's release, there are six branches of the F.B.I.: National Security Branch, Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch, Intelligence Branch, Science and Technology Branch, Information and Technology Branch, and Human Resources Branch. The C.I.A. has five main directorates: Directorate of Analysis, Directorate of Operations, Directorate of Science and Technology, Directorate of Support, and Directorate of Digital Innovation.
  • Molly's alien encounter occurs near the Pearl Street Triangle in an area of Brooklyn known as "D.U.M.B.O.", which stands for "Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass."
  • Tim Blaney voiced Frank the Pug in the first two Men in Black movies, as well as this one. He also voiced one of the worms in Men in Black 3 (2012) and the robot Johnny 5 from the Short Circuit film franchise.
  • The Men in Black film franchise was based on the Malibu Comic by Lowell Cunningham.
  • Dame Emma Thompson and Liam Neeson appeared in Love Actually (2003).
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • Luckily, MiB has its own express train service between New York City and London, because those cities are over three thousand miles apart.
  • 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 this movie'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 (Director) 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 movie, appears as the typewriter repairman at the secret entrance to London's MiB Headquarters.
  • The filmmakers wanted the actor playing Agent High T to be a formidable match for Chris Hemsworth, but also someone with a good feel for comedy. Producer Walter F. 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."
  • 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.
  • Tessa Thompson starred as Valkyrie opposite Chris Hemsworth's Thor in Thor: Ragnarök (2017). Taika Waititi directed Thor: Ragnarök (2017) and the television show What We Do in the Shadows (2019) (based on his movie of the same name) which starred Kayvan Novak, who appeared in this movie. Another director of What We Do in the Shadows (2019), Jemaine Clement, played Boris the Animal in Men in Black 3 (2012).
  • 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."
  • Visual Effects Supervisor Alessandro Ongaro talks about the most complicated visual effects sequence in this movie: 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 said.
  • 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 this movie'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 (Vungus) was originally only a stand-in, but the filmmakers were happy with his performance that Novak ended up with the role.
  • The scene where Agents H and M face off against the alien assassins was filmed in Ludgate Hill, London, England.
  • According to Producer Walter F. Parkes, the style of Men in Black (1997) drew upon the modernism of the 1960s that begin in the U.S. with the World's Fair in New York City. For this movie, they were inspired by the British architecture from the Art Deco period, creating a more textured look.
  • The sunglasses that the Agents wore in this movie were an exclusive design by Police, a lifestyle brand from the De Rigo Group.
  • Prop modeller Pierre Bohana worked on this movie'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 Men in Black (1997), Agent K shows Agent J a "Series 4 De-Atomizer". Of course, Agent J was issued a Noisy Cricket instead.
  • Marrakech is the fourth largest city in Morocco, with the largest city being Casablanca. In 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 (1942).
  • 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" movies, 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."
  • Costume Designer 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 (Liam Neeson'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 said, "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 thirty 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 were cut from Designer Sir Paul Smith's one hundred percent 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 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 four in the afternoon. Because many working class people were unable to take a break for tea at four, 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.
  • Production for this movie also travelled to the Merzouga Desert, which is near the border of Morocco and Algeria.
  • Pawny references The Notebook (2004), which is a romantic movie starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams.
  • The island used to play for Riza's (Rebecca Ferguson'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, California.
  • Rebecca Ferguson and Chris Hemsworth got their starts acting on soap operas in their home countries. Hemsworth appeared as Kim Hyde in the Australian series Home and Away (1988). Ferguson played Anna Gripenhielm on the Swedish show Nya tider (1999).
  • Tessa Thompson says of Director 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."
  • Stunt Coordinator Wade Eastwood knew Rebecca Ferguson from Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015) and Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018), where she played Ilsa Faust. 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."
  • 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 movie, 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 one hundred four territories each.
  • There is a secret apartment at the top of the Eiffel Tower where Gustave Eiffel entertained famous guests like Thomas Edison.
  • Production Designer Charles Wood, who also worked on Avengers: Endgame (2019) and Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), described the Eiffel Tower in this 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 Men in Black (1997) were created for the 1964/1965 World's Fair in New York City.
  • The scene where Agent O (Dame Emma Thompson) meets Agents H (Chris Hemsworth) and M (Tessa Thompson) 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 F. Parkes commented on what he hoped this movie would 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."
  • When H (Chris Hemsworth) is fighting Luca Brasi (Spencer Wilding), 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 played Thor). However, he just pushes forward enough to grab it. Once he has it, he throws it at Luca, but without success.
  • This is not the first Men in Black movie to refer to an Agent M. In Men in Black II (2002), Michael Jackson begs to join MiB, suggesting that he could be Agent M. This request was ignored.
  • The "Red Button", which has been a running gag throughout the franchise, appears in this movie as well.
  • Rip Torn, who played Zed in the first two movies, and an alien at his character's funeral in the third movie, died a month after the release of this movie.
  • Cameo: Thomas Pesquet, A French astronaut, appears on the MiB Headquarters' screen.
  • The number plate of H's car is SBS II 4 . SBS is an Australian (Hemsworth's home country) television broadcaster specializing in international programing and subtitles. 4 being the fourth movie in the franchise.
  • When H reaches for the hammer on the ground during his fight, you cant subtly hear the Avengers Theme for a couple seconds

Spoilers

  • When M first meets High T, he tells her, "It's never who you expect." This foreshadows his eventual reveal as the MiB mole and movie's villain.
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