men in black 4

The final moments of the first Men in Black teased a new partnership between Will Smith‘s Agent Jay and Linda Fiorentino‘s newly recruited Laurel Weaver, with the former rookie and the former mortician stepping up to protect the Earth from the scum of the universe. This was not-so-elegantly sidestepped in the sequel, where Fiorentino was nowhere to be found while the movie bent over backwards to bring Tommy Lee Jones‘ Agent Kay back into the mix.

So a female MiB agent is not unprecedented – we got all of 30 seconds of a Woman in Black back in 1997. Now, the series producers are promising that Men in Black 4 will feature a female lead character. So go ahead and add this franchise to the growing list of movies that are ready to step into the 21st century.

Speaking with the BBC, producer Laurie McDonald said that the next movie, which has yet to take any kind of real shape, won’t be so literal with the “men” part of Men in Black:

“There will be a prominent woman in black in the fourth [film].”

Unless she’s actually talking about including a Daniel Radcliffe-stalking ghost in the next movie (and that would be one helluva crossover), that means the next movie will finally deliver what the first movie promised: a woman in a black suit, armed to the teeth with advanced weaponry, and ready to police Earth’s alien population.

Literally the only thing wrong with this concept is that all of those sexist nerds who are still whining and moaning about the female reboot of Ghostbusters will probably decide they’re huge Men in Black fans just so they can moan about this, too. Sorry, guys: you’re living in the age of Furiosa now. Your beloved geek properties will no longer ignore the 51% of the world’s population. Move on.

But who would partner up with this lady MiB agent? Could Will Smith make a return to the franchise two years after saying he was finished with the series? After all, a new trilogy of movies is in the works and the current plans do not involve Smith. However, McDonald’s fellow producer, Walter Parkes, told the BBC to “Never count Will out,” so let’s see how Smith feels after Concussion is released next month. After turning down the Independence Day sequel, he may find himself itching to dive back into a reliable franchise.

And we’re sure Men in Black 4 would take him. The fact that Sony briefly toyed with the thought of making the next movie a crossover with the 21 Jump Street series is proof that no one really knows what they’re doing yet. An aging Agent Jay train a new female recruit is a pretty solid pitch and would allow Smith to pass the torch to a new cast.

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