Unfortunately, Men in Black: International is all too happy to oblige us the answer. What can I say? In fact, my favorite aspect of the movie were all of the new gadgets that we see introduced.
The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe.
Despite what the reviews are saying there is quite a bit to like. Other critics have stated that the only thing worth watching in the movie is the onscreen presence of Chris Hemsworth with Tessa Thompson. It's those in-between years where I feel there is a great story that could have been told, but there is no sense in crying over missed opportunities. He has that irresistible charm and swagger here and he's just an absolute blast. Instead the film jumps to present day and shows us Molly (now Tessa Thompson) is now obsessed with finding evidence to prove the existence of aliens as well as becoming a covert agent with the government that specializes in dealing with aliens. I got a little taste of that in Thor, but it's in full force here and it's just delightful.
Thompson cited her co-star Emma Thompson, who reprises her role in the series, as a voice of reason when it comes to gender equality and representation. They even went so far as to ditch Linda Fiorentino's character (the medical examiner who was upgraded to MIB agent by the end of the first movie) so that they could bring back Tommy Lee Jones' Agent K, who had been written off into retirement as the conclusion to his big, film-spanning narrative arc. "I pitched 'Humans in Black, ' which would be 'HiB, ' which sounds like something you don't want to get", Thompson said. It's all very fast and seeing how that was treated so early in the film gave me apprehensions that that's how everything else was going to be handled. That starts to pick up and improve once Pawny is introduced. That I wanted to be.
And so, for the until-now two follow-ups to the certifiably classic 1997 movie, that's all we ever got: the exact same two agents, giving the exact same two performances, over and over and over and over again. It is obvious that Thompson and Hemsworth have previously worked together. Technology changes so rapidly so what we can do now relative to 22 years ago, when the first film was made, I think we made something special that fans can enjoy...