After a trilogy worn by Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, Men in Black have returned to a spin-off titled Men in Black: International which will be broadcast tonight on France 2. Does it mark the end of the franchise? We take stock!
Released in 1997, the first Men in Black was one of those films that made Will Smith a big screen superstar. The success of the feature film was such that a sequel was born in 2002, still led by Smith and his partner Tommy Lee Jones. Ten years later, the duo reformed for Men in Black III, which became the most lucrative episode of the trilogy in the world.
Asked about the possibility of a fourth film during the promotion of the third (again directed by Barry Sonnenfeld), the interpreters of Agents J and K were rather enthusiastic. But the latter never happened. At least not with Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones!
During the years which followed, several avenues were explored, in particular the absurd idea of a crossover with the Jump Street franchise carried by Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill which would have been called MIB 23. A project that never materialized and which finally gave way to a more conventional spin-off.
Released in 2019, Men in Black: International was starred Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson and their association did not have the same success as for Thor: Ragnarok … The result was a critical and public flop, which even caused a reaction the boss of Sony!
“Did we miss our shot? Men in Black: International hasn’t particularly been a financial disappointment, because ultimately it’s going to make between $ 245 million and $ 300 million at the global box office. But this is obviously not at all what we were aiming for a restart concerning this license.”He said in an interview with Business Insider.
Tom Rothman nevertheless added: “Men in Black remains a very important asset of the company, and I would be very surprised if this is the last film.”If, two years later, no sequel, neither to Men in Black: International, nor to the original trilogy, is in development, it is therefore not excluded that the franchise will return in the future in some form or form. other !
Did you notice these little details of MIB III?