Even the newest recruit, Agent M (Tessa Thompson), is not the first woman nor the first black character. This fourth film does not carry the name of “MIB 4” for the obvious reason that the partnership of Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones is nowhere to be found.
That is not to say that the new ensemble cast isn’t adequate nor that they don’t need to save the world. The three central characters are the ever-charming Chris Hemsworth as Agent H; the newcomer and lifelong fan of MIB, Agent M; and the small sidekick, Pawny, voiced by Kumail Nanjiani.
As would be predictable in such an ensemble, the relationship between Agent H and Agent M has romantic hints while the spunky Pawny provides not just a comic presence but a diminutive hero able to act in ways that help save our world.
Playing lesser roles is the new head of MIB International, Agent O (Emma Thompson), Agent High T (Liam Neeson), who is responsible for the London office, Agent C (Rafe Spall), who is a competitive and ambitious co-worker to Agent H, and the alluring international arms dealer, Riza (Rebecca Ferguson), who is both a past flame and mortal enemy of Agent H.