For next year’s reboot-quel of the Men in Black franchise, Men in Black: International, the agency that monitors and polices alien activity on earth is going global, taking a new pair of agents on a jet-setting adventure. The journey will take them far from the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple all the way to the heat of the Sahara Desert. Take a look below to see Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth’s agents braving the heat in style.
These two look like they’re posing for a fashion catalog here. Either that or they’re about to break out a dance number since in her Instagram post, Tessa Thompson compares her and her co-star to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Then again, it’s probably hard to dance with sand in your shoes. It is after all, rough and course and it gets everywhere.
But of course, as Men in Black, these two are in the business of saving the universe, and for some reason, Men in Black: International sees them heading to the desert to do so. Tessa Thompson has teased this setting for Men in Black: International before in an image that showed the actress, who plays Agent M, and Chris Hemsworth, who plays Agent H, climbing a dune while holding umbrellas, which may or may not have just been for the actors between takes.
We still don’t know exactly what takes these two here in the film, but given the abilities of the Ford P.O.S. in the first Men in Black, I’ve got to think that the agency has better ways of traversing the desert than on foot. So I’m guessing that they get shot down or left in the desert to die by some adversary. And needless to say, they are not dressed for the occasion.
Tessa Thompson said that they lost the jackets for casual Friday, but jackets or not, it’s time someone said it, the suit uniforms worn by the Men in Black are wildly impractical for the job they perform. They aren’t a public-facing agency, so why are they dressed up so nice?
I feel like they’re more likely to stand out than disappear in a crowd. And I’ve never chased down a Cephalapoid on foot, but I tend to think that dress slacks and dress shoes would not be my first choice if I wanted to be successful in such an endeavor.
Suits are simply not the best for mobility, unless of course there is some alien technology in them courtesy of our extra-terrestrial friends I don’t know about. That might justify the attire.
Tessa Thompson’s and Chris Hemsworth’s agents will look more at home though in some of the film’s other locales. In addition to filming in Morocco, Men in Black: International also filmed in New York City, London and Italy.