Men In Black is finally getting a crossover. It has nothing to do with 21 Jump Street and it’s not even going to be in theaters, but the men (and women) in suits and shades are expanding their universe soon enough. And apparently they’re teaming up with Ghostbusters in a board game. That’s a lot of intellectual property right there.
Somehow it’s been four years since the SONY hack revealed that there were tentative plans to make a MIB / Jump Street crossover. It briefly looked like it might actually happen — the movie even had a name and director — but alas, the world was not meant to experience something so rad and powerful.
Instead Men In Black will get a spin-off featuring Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson. But don’t expect the Woman In Black and the all-lady Ghostbusters to be playable characters at your weekly game night. Apparently, the spooky, alien board game is getting the original Ghostbusters which means this is probably as close as The Internet will ever get to its idealized all-male Ghostbusters 3.
Via IDW Games:
Making up the Ghostbusters team will be Peter Venkman, Egon Spangler, Ray Stanz, and Winston Zeddmore, and the MIB team will consist of Agent J, Agent K, Agent L and Zed.
So in addition to giving fans the Men In Black crossover event they never knew they needed five years ago, they’re giving them the original Ghostbusters. Which also means you’re not getting Chris Hemsworth the special agent or the receptionist. Unless this board game is a huge hit and they turn it into a movie like Battleship or Ouija or CLUE. And then there’s always the chance that the sequel is a crossover of 23 Jump Street, Men In Black 6 and Ghostbusters 4. Though we all know how that ends.
The game itself seems to pit the Ghostbusters and MIB characters against each other, and IDW says the mechanics will include “fast action dice-chucking, take-that card play, and highly detailed sculpted miniatures.” The individual franchise’s games will come later, but 2019 will be a big year for crossovers, just like this year and, presumably, every year that follows.