It takes intelligent life to detect intelligent life, therefore not much need for men in black. Nevertheless, such "people" (not always people), do exist, mostly on Internet sites disguised as skeptics, scientists, religious fanatics, new age types, and NASA specialists trained to turn profound Outer Space phenomena into camera glitches or other such poppycock. Such people use simple smokescreens, and jive to intimidate and make people feel foolish to believe in such nonsense in order to hide the existence of Extraterrestrial reality from the masses, and do so very effectively. It is simple work and for the most part doesn't require fancy flashy thingies as what Will Smith has in the picture above.
Do the 'men in black' really exist?
No, not Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. We mean the real men in black. Do they actually exist? Whether they do or not, the concept is compelling: anonymous government agents who investigate reports of UFOs and are charged to intimidate or even threaten people into not talking about what they saw. The image -- men in black suits wearing dark sunglasses -- has transcended its flying saucer roots to become iconic and symbolic of any less-than-transparent government agency or shadowy cover-up.
Sightings of "men in black" began in 1947 (although there have been instances of such men as early as 1837), and it's probably no coincidence that they corresponded with an upsurge in UFO sightings in general, sparked by the infamous 1947 incident in which an alien spacecraft allegedly crashed near Roswell, N.M. Reports of MIB continued throughout the 1950s and '60s, loosely corresponding to heightened interest in and awareness of the secretive nature of the CIA and other, even more mysterious government intelligence operations.
MIB have surfaced in plenty of movies, TV shows and other bits of pop culture (they even figure in a song called "E.T.I." by classic rockers Blue Oyster Cult). Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) in "The Matrix" and its sequels is a viral program designed to look just like the archetypal government agent. "The X-Files," being a series about a massive government conspiracy, was naturally home to a number of MIB, although they were less UFO investigators and more assassins, covert operation experts and saboteurs. There was even a covert government agency called Section 31 in latter-day "Star Trek" spin-offs "Deep Space Nine" and "Enterprise."
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The MIB we're most familiar with these days first sprang into action in a 1990 comic book written by Lowell Cunningham and illustrated by Sandy Carruthers. A total of six issues were published, three that year and three in 1991, while the company, Aircel, eventually ended up becoming part of Marvel, where a number of one-shots have seen print. The movie version arrived in 1997, with "Men in Black II" opening in 2002 and the new "MiB 3" coming a full decade after that.
This doesn't answer our original questions: Who are the men in black, and have they ever really existed? Well, the truth is that the MIB are just another myth themselves ... as far as we know.