The possibility of a new “Men in Black” movie reboot has been in the air for a while now, but only recently have things been moving forward.
Thankfully, Sony ditched the idea of making the franchise cross over with “21 Jump Street”, and is instead pushing forward with a version of this movie that will star Chris Hemsworth as the lead.
Hemsworth and Will Smith are very different actors, so it’s clear that this new movie is something totally different, but the “Thor” star has proven in a lot of recent roles (such as “Ragnarok” and Sony’s own “Ghostbusters” reboot) that he has really solid comedic chops.
To make things even better, Sony has now apparently signed on a costar to join Hemsworth in the movie: none other than his “Thor: Ragnarok” alum Tessa Thompson, better known as Valkyrie.
This feels perfect. The pair are wonderful together in “Ragnarok”, and it’s going to be a lot of fun seeing them come back together for this new movie – especially considering that the end of Hemsworth’s contract with Marvel means that we might not be seeing a direct follow-up to the latest “Thor”.
It’s clear what Sony is trying to do here. The studio has gained a reputation in recent years for clearly not having the first clue what they’re doing when making movies, and for taking the path of least resistance to making films that draw in crowds based on brand recognition rather than actual appeal or quality of storytelling.
Here, Sony is trying to steal the popularity of “Thor: Ragnarok” by grabbing two of its stars, and slapping them into the middle of a vaguely similar sci-fi comedy world – one which moviegoers are familiar with, and which carries a certain amount of cultural weight.
This is a shallow, lazy way to make a movie, but it’s hard to really get all that upset about it. If this means that we get a brand new, fun, colorful movie that borrows from “Thor: Ragnarok” and features two of the actors that made the movie great, this is something to be hopeful about.
Knowing Sony, they’ll still find a way to ruin things. The big danger here is that the movie ends up feeling like a poor version of “Ragnarok” instead of a “Men in Black” movie in its own right, but we’ll have to wait and see how this all pans out.
One thing is certain – this can’t possibly be any worse than the new “Peter Rabbit”, and that alone is reason for optimism.