‘Men in Black 3′ Trailer Teases Time-Travel Plot

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Columbia Pictures officially kicked off the marketing blitz for its Summer 2012 3D sequel, Men in Black III, with a pair of letter-based posters that featured the familiar silhouettes of Agent J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones). The studio continues its efforts today, with the release of an official teaser trailer for the sci-fi action/comedy threequel.

If you’ve been following the third MIB movie’s progress, then you know the film has encountered its fair share of production woes, including a drawn-out filming delay due to substantial script reworking, which eventually required an intervention by blockbuster writer David Koepp. Will the final product prove to be worth all that trouble?

Men in Black III sees J forced to time-travel (or, rather, time-jump… literally) back to the 1960s, when a trouble-making alien disrupts the timeline and kills the younger version of K (Josh Brolin) – an act that not only affects the future of the MIB organization, but the very existence of humankind. Beyond that, it’s difficult to say what other major plot points present in Etan Cohen’s original screenplay draft (see: our Men in Black III script review) remain in tact, given the numerous rewrites it has undergone, by this point.

That in mind, check out the official Men in Black III teaser trailer:

All things considered, this is a pretty basic (if not especially effective) teaser trailer. We’re given a brief reminder of just what the Men in Black spend their time doing, Smith resorting to his trademark wiseacre shtick, glances at some of the film’s unusual extraterrestrials, an introduction to cast newcomer Emma Thompson, a quick look at one of the film’s 3D action set pieces (ie. J leaping off the Chrysler Building) and an even briefer glance at the movie’s actual plot. That’s all informative enough, but not so much intriguing or attention-grabbing.

By far, the “money shot” here is the ending, where we get out first look at Brolin as a youthful Agent K. The actor very much nails Jones’ deadpan inflection and facial mannerisms; hopefully, he’ll be able to sustain that act throughout a good portion of the MIB threequel.

You can get a better look at this early Men in Black III footage by checking out the trailer image gallery below:

A lot of people are finding it hard to muster much enthusiasm for Men in Black III and with good reason; not only is Men in Black II generally considered a pretty subpar sequel, that movie also came out all the way back in 2002. It doesn’t help that the time travel plot setup for the third MIB movie is somewhat reminiscent of the “alternate reality” angle in the fourth Shrek movie, Shrek Forever After; the latter franchise didn’t exactly benefit greatly from using that sitcom-style narrative approach and adding 3D to the mix, so it’s difficult to suspect the MIB series will manage to do otherwise…

We will see how it all turns out when Men in Black III arrives in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D theaters around the U.S. on May 25th, 2012.

Source: Columbia Pictures

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  1. Hmm. I don’t know. I don’t like the idea of not seeing Tommy Lee Jones for most of the film…

  2. OK. Josh Brolin TOTALLY channels Tommy Lee Jones at the end of that trailer. :P


    • I was thinking the same thing. May be worth watching just for this aspect of it.

  3. Under the assumption that audiences who sat through Shrek 4 or whatever it was called will even make that connection. Heck I didn’t even know that was the plot for Shrek 4. What’s worse others that I know didn’t even realize Shrek 4 existed. Suffice it to say,I’m sure MIB3′s plot won’t remind anyone of Shrek 4.

    • My meaning was that a similar plot approach didn’t exactly work wonders for the Shrek franchise – as your comment demonstrates quite well. 8-)

  4. The trailer sure did revive the feeling of the old MIB movies with Will Smith’s humor, the alien creature, and especially that music. My guess is that the building shot and the creature on the wall will be way better in 3D. But, Josh Brolin at the end of the trailer really sold it for me.

    • Even though this trailer review is less than enthusiastic, the trailer itself has gotten me more excited for the film more than the other two movies combined. I really liked it and definately think it will be worth a watch. And I think my personal enthusiasm comes from the lack of exciting teasers that have recently come out (TDKR, Amazing Spider-Man, etc.)

  5. well i got the two things i expected, weird looking aliens and shiny guns, i like the line about the secrets of the universe and josh brolin nails that tommy lee jones dead pan schtick but i don’t have high hopes for this film, i don’t hate the 2nd one i could watch it again in the right mood so i don’t think this one will be to terrible, that paint alien thing though i just want to see a whole movie explaining what the hell that is, without some kind of back story it just looks the writers went “well hell son, what’s an alien we haven’t done, we did a talking pug, how about a talking graffiti paint man? no one ever seen that stuff” just…weird borderline lazy

  6. Wow, honestly wasn’t sure about this at first but this trailer really sold me on the idea! Brolin should change his name to Browin after that really well done 2 seconds onscreen. Needless to say, I’m positive about it.

  7. yea that josh brolin part was awesome, i dont think they could have picked anyone better to play young K.

  8. The last part made me lol :)

  9. I’ve been pumped about this ever since you guys put up the first post about Brolin’s involvement. If I wasn’t sold then I’m ecstatic now! My family and I are big MIB fans, so here’s hoping this is another great addition to the series.

  10. Between this and the script review I have a faith this movie will be a good time. Men in Black is one of my favorites and while all the rewrites made me really nervous the script review really helped to lay those fears to rest. Josh Brolin will be great, I’m glad to see Will’s character has seemed to mature a bit from MIB2 (while retaining his personality), Jones will still be around for parts I’m sure and I love Emma Thompson. I’ll definitely be there opening day.

    • Oh wait, I misread. The review was before the rewrites. Hmmmm….

  11. This looks better than 2 (hopefully it is) But I’m sold. K has always been my favorite character, i’m glad he’ll get more screen time.

  12. “A lot of people are finding it hard to muster much enthusiasm for Men in Black III…” ~ Sandy

    My reason is Will Smith. After he started to use Oprah, to express his political concerns, I have stopped seeing Will as an average actor. If he just wanted to stay in acting, I would have no problem with supporting Will’s career. Unfortunately, he wants to become the president of the United States. Will Smith is a Progressive Democrat, and I am a Libertarian at heart.

    Since I know he will use the money to run a political campaign, spreading Democrat ideologies, I cannot find it in my heart to support Will’s future. Even though I loved all of his previous films, Will’s political activism scares the living hell out of me.

    Following actors have spoiled everything by opening their mouths politically: Alex Baldwin, Martin Sheen, Sir Patrick Stewart, Natalie Portman, Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, and Tom Cruise.

    • So basically ignorance is bliss. If they hadn’t spoken up about their beliefs, you’d still be supporting them.

      • When it comes to an actor’s political leanings, I would rather be ignorant than knowledgeable about their activism.

    • I feel the same way about John Travolta. He’s a pilot, and I’m afraid of planes. I won’t go see his movies because I worry that he’ll spend his money on a plane that he might crash into my house.

    • Dont forget Matt Damon. LOL.

      • Matt Damon is a great actor, but he is a serious loud mouth.

        • wow lol will has political veiws you dont support so you dont want to support a movie with him in it because “he’ll use that money to run for president”……leave lol

  13. I really hope this turns out well. im a big will smith fan and he hasnt released a film since 2008′s Seven Pounds. so im really looking forward to his comeback

  14. i hope this movie is better than what i think its going to be.

  15. Seems a bit more cartoonie this time around… wich is not a good thing.

  16. Looks great. Is this Sonnenfeld again?

  17. Wheres Frank?

    • A pug’s life expectancy is only 12-15 years…Frank had to be close to two years old during the first film in 1997, so I hate to break it to you……

      • but frank isnt just a pug, hes an alien so unless the alien died to frank should still be alive and they can just hire a look alike pug for the dead ones replacement

  18. I’ll still watch it, looks fun, but I agree with the above… Where is Frank? I really liked him in the other two.

  19. The trailer is okay but really why is there a third Men In Black movie?

    No reason, still let’s hope this one will be the best in the series and better than Men In Black 2.

    Also where is Frank? I think Frank should be replacement by a another dog that looks like him and B-List Extra, you are right.

  20. Glad to see they listened to all the criticism about the second film ignored and then continued anyway, if it’s any better than MIB2 I’ll be surprised

  21. this is gonna be awesome!! been so long since last men in black film

  22. Oh hell no! Did you get my impression? T’was Will Smith.

    • You got it wrong my friend ;) This is how it goes: “Oh hhhheeeeeeeelllllll no!”
      Thing is, when I saw the trailer, I kept saying to myself: “Oh hhhheeeeeeeelllllll yes!”

      • I thought it was ahhh hell no?

  23. Really looking forward to this one… (third on my “Top 5 Most Anticipated Movies For 2012″ list)
    The trailer immediately reminded me of the first two movies (which is good), I loved the humor, the aliens, the shiny weapons (hoping we’ll see the “noisy cricket” again ;)), the plot seems cool, and IMO, this actually looks one of those few movies where the 3D might not be so terrible (maybe even bordering on “all right” ;)).

    In short: you guys can see me at the theater the moment MIB3 is released.

  24. I love these movies. Seeing this. Done, done, and done. :3

  25. Frank is the best and another pug should be brought back. If they needed another pug my Bella could have come back as Frank’s daughter and took his position at MIB. MIB is the reason we got a pug I couldn’t resist those faces after seeing Frank. I want MIB 2 all the time just to see him. Wherever in the universe you are Frank, We love you !!!

    • Sorry I meant I watch MIB 2 all the time.

  26. I hope to DOG there is no “Frank” pug in this movie. I work in pug rescue (Arizona Pug Rescue and Adoption Network) and cannot tell you how full it was after the last movie. APARN is already at capacity and we have no foster homes. It isn’t even the busiest season yet!

    So even though I adore pug (and the MIB movies) I truly hope they don’t have a pug in this one.

    • I agree with what Kim says — I have two teenage Pugs — one was a rehomed one — pretty much after all movies which spotlight a certain breed — those breeds become more popular for a time…the problem is when people get them as puppies and then dump them in rescue… but I was secretly hoping Frank would still be a part of the movie…have liked the other two movies so plan on liking this one! Most of WS films are great!