It's time for the final pre-holiday edition of The Monitor, WIRED's roundup of the latest in the world of culture, from box-office news to announcements about hot new trailers. In today's installment: the Men in Black are back; To All the Boys I've Loved Before is officially a Netflix franchise; and Aquaman is doing swimmingly at the box office.
Here Come the (New) Men in Black
"You are the best-kept secret in the universe," notes Agent M, the newbie alien-seeker played by Tessa Thompson, in the first trailer for next summer's Men in Black International . And for a while, this latest MiB entry was a bit of a mystery itself, with early rumors indicating it would be a crossover film featuring characters from Sony's hit 21 Jump Street series. Instead, the first MiB sequel in seven years features Thompson teaming up with the veteran Agent H (Chris Hemsworth) in an attempt to thwart a new alien threat (helping them are higher-ups played by Liam Neeson and Emma Thompson). The action takes place in London, which we know because the trailer features a shot of a bridge in London, accompanied by Fergie's "London Bridge." What? No room for Will Smith's 1997 theme song? It's a glaring oversight—but we'll let it slide , just this once.
To All the Boys I've Loved Before , Again
Netflix has confirmed it's moving ahead with a sequel to this year's To All the Boys I've Loved Before , the rom-com that proved to be a breakout hit for leads Lara Condon and Noah Centineo (both actors will return, as will original Boys screenwriter Sofia Alvarez). Adapted from a best-selling book trilogy by Jenny Han, Boys was all but inescapable over the summer, turning its cast members into social-media superstars , fueled in part by Netflix's sizable teen audience. The streamer never reveals specific viewership figures, but if you want an idea of how big Boys became, we dare you to try standing in a high school parking lot with a sign offering "FREE NOAH CENTINEO SMOOCHES," and see how long you last without getting trampled.
Aquaman Is About to Be Swimming in Cash
In case you were wondering, this weekend's box office champ has already surfaced: Aquaman , which is expected to top the long pre-holiday weekend (the film's already earned more than $250 million overseas, including a mighty opening in China). It will likely be followed by Disney's Mary Poppins Returns and the Transformers spin-off Bumblebee , in what will be one of the most competitive Christmas openings in years—the first December without a new Star Wars movie since 2014. If Aquaman —which has earned mixed reviews—can sustain its commercial momentum, it will hint at a possibly not-terrible future for the big-screen DC Universe, which stumbled last year with Justice League , the big-budget, 120-minute-long MacBook screensaver that was accidentally released into theaters.
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