Men in Black 3 (stylized as MIB³ and alternatively spelled Men in Black III) is a 2012 American 3D comic science fiction-action film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, and Josh Brolin. It is the third installment in the Men in Black film series based on Lowell Cunningham's The Men in Black comic book series published by Marvel and Malibu Comics. It was released fifteen years after the original Men in Black (1997) and ten years after the first sequel Men in Black II (2002). Sonnenfeld and Steven Spielberg returned as director and executive producer, respectively. The film focuses on an old enemy of Agent K, Boris the Animal, escaping from prison and going back in time to kill K's younger counterpart, allowing his species, a ruthless alien race known as Boglodites, to attack Earth, forcing J to go back in time and team up with K's younger counterpart on a mission to save his partner and the world.