Tessa Thompson on her relationship with Chris Hemsworth, playing a nerd and taking over Men in Black

Tessa Thompson on her relationship with Chris Hemsworth, playing a nerd and taking over Men in Black

The woke actor oozes cool in everything she does, and she’s bringing a fresh perspective to the Men in Black franchise. We caught up with her to talk aliens, Chris Hemsworth and expanding the beloved series.


Tessa Thompson, Chris Hemsworth, Liam Neeson


F. Gary Gray

Release date

June 14, 2019

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It seems appropriate that when Tessa Thompson visited a comic book convention to promote Men in Black: International, it was Brazil’s version, Comic Con Experience. As the title of the movie infers, this next chapter in the franchise — which previously starred Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as secret agents tasked with monitoring alien life forms on Earth expands from New York to the rest of the world. And this time it’s Thompson and her Thor: Ragnarok co-star Chris Hemsworth continuing the important work. Here are a few tidbits Thompson shared about the movie while she was in São Paulo, Brazil.

On her character, Agent M.

She’s badass because she’s really smart and she’s a total geek and she isn’t afraid to admit it. And I think her superpower is her mind. She’s like a really dope nerd who’s happy to be one and is obsessed with the world of aliens and the world of Men in Black.

On what’s different this time.

It’s a continuation of the franchise we all know and love but this time it takes an international scope. You’ve only seen the agents in New York and this time you get to see them all over the world.

On working with her MCU co-star Chris Hemsworth again.

The cool thing is Chris and I really have a rapport. We like to make each other laugh and tease each other so that was pretty easy.

On the rest of the cast.

We have tons of aliens, we have new villains, we have this really great little character named Pawny that’s voiced by Kumail Nanjiani, who’s so funny. Rebecca Ferguson is in our film and she is really fierce and fantastic, Liam Neeson is here and his daughter did not get taken in this one, he has other stuff to do. And, of course, because it’s a Men in Black movie there’s probably, maybe some cool cameos.

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See Men in Black: International with your favourite nerd.

There’s a little geek in all of us, and this action-comedy franchise has always made being nerdy a cool thing. This is one to see with the friend you’d slay aliens and take over the world with.

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