Best-known as fan-favorite Valkyrie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Tessa Thompson now stars as Agent M in Columbia Pictures’ new action-adventure Men in Black: International.
Chris Hemsworth who stars as Agent H relished the opportunity to reunite with Thompson, with whom he had recently starred in Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Endgame. “Tessa picked up right where we left off,” he says. “Her character, M, brings intelligence and intrigue to the relationship between the two agents.”
Agent M is in many ways the yin to Agent H’s yang. “They’re as different as night and day; it’s a head versus heart thing,” Thompson explains. “She’s cerebral and he operates from the gut. So, they have some fundamentally different approaches and priorities.”
We meet M before she was M – as Molly, a six-year-old whose run-in with a wayward alien leaves an indelible impact that would lead her to becoming an MIB agent. “Molly is obsessed with the memory of that close encounter, which opens up a new world to her,” Thompson says. “She is literally the only person outside of the MIB who knows that aliens exist among us, and lives her life in pursuit of this mysterious organization she experienced as a child. Molly knows it’s the only place where she’ll have a strong sense of belonging.”
It seems the universe has led her to the place she was always supposed to be, at the moment she was supposed to be there. “I love that it’s a reversal of how Will Smith’s character, J, was selected to be an agent in the first film,” Thompson continues. “Instead, Molly finds them. She does the unthinkable: tracking down the organization that is supposed to untraceable. It’s her destiny to be one of the black-suited agents.”
As she tells Agent O (Emma Thompson), who runs the MIB and still has doubts about the woman who’s infiltrated her mega-secretive organization: “It took me 20 years to find you – the best-kept secret in the universe. Which makes me perfect for this job.”
In Philippine cinemas June 12, Men in Black: International is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.