Tessa Thompson Explains Why ‘Men In Black’ Title Is Still Appropriate Despite Her Suggestions For Change

Tessa Thompson will be taking on the role of Agent M in “Men in Black: International” when it hits theatres June 14.

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Despite being a female playing the titular role, Thompson weighs in on whether the “Men in Black” title is still suitable.

“I don’t mind the title,” says Thompson while on the red carpet at the film’s world premiere in New York. “I think first of all, we wanted to make sure that people know that this is the franchise that they know and love, because it is.”

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But, she does have some options for future consideration if the series continues, saying she has been pitched some ideas like “People In Black” and “Humans In Black”, but she’s not keen on the acronyms those would create. “‘PiB’… sounds like a sandwich,” she explains.

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Thompson and her co-star Chris Hemsworth have taken over the lead roles from Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones who starred in the first three “Men in Black” films.

“My presence in it because I’m a woman shouldn’t diminish the fact that we’re making a movie very much in the same tone and style of the original films,” adds Thompson. “Maybe if we make more maybe that will change, and certainly I think if Agent M sticks around the organization long enough she will probably push some buttons to make it change and frankly, that’s the only way that things change.”



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