In Thor: Ragnarok, filmgoers were introduced to the badass Asgardian warrior woman Valkyrie, played by Tessa Thompson. Thompson is set to reunite with her Thor co-star Chris Hemsworth in the upcoming spin-off of the Men in Black franchise.
While plot details are being kept under wraps, Hemsworth and Thompson will presumably star as the leading agents from the shadowy spy agency that disguises and polices extra-terrestrial activity on earth. Earlier reports suggested that the film will star a trio of agents, and an “older man” is sought to complete the main cast. The spinoff is said to be more of an ensemble piece than the earlier films and will be more global in scale.
Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth in Thor: Ragnarok
The first Men in Black film was released in 1997 and was loosely based on the Malibu Comics series created by Lowell Cunningham and Sandy Carruthers. Starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, the film spawned two sequels, an animated series and a theme park attraction.
A crossover with the 21 Jump Street series, entitled MIB 23, was in the works with James Bobin directing. However, it proved too challenging to put together and failed to come to fruition.
Sony has fast-tracked a planned resurrection of the franchise, with Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man, Punisher: War Zone, Transformers: The Last Knight) penning the screenplay. Director F. Gary Gray (The Fate of the Furious, Straight Outta Compton, Law-Abiding Citizen) will direct.
Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith in Men in Black
Just as with the three earlier films in the franchise, the husband-and-wife team of Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producing, with Steven Spielberg executive producing.
The movie is set for release in May or June 2019.