In the Men In Black 3 movie, the timeline was altered after K was killed in 1969. In the new timeline, K wasn't alive to recruit J. So, how did everyone (O, etc.) recognise J?


I was thinking about this myself and I came up with a reasonable answer:

Since young J was neuralized and K (presumably) merely kept watch over him for the rest of his life, not interfering with it, in the original timeline, it stands to reason that a J that was never in contact with K would have the same attributes and personality that made him a good agent in the first place. So, even without K's influence, he could have been recruited by another agent simply because he was MIB material.

Yeah, I know it's not a great addition to the story, which is probably why they didn't address it. It doesn't really leave a gaping plot hole either.

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    Furthermore, It's possible that MIB assigned another agent to watch over James after K was killed and that other agent eventually recruited him as K did. – Kapler Mar 13 '14 at 17:54
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    I would actually say that is fact proven since J clearly still works for MiB. The question isn't so much why they recognize him, but why his entire life wasn't changed. Obviously in the new timeline, events still occurred in some order for him to still be an agent. It would actually be weirder if they didn't recognize him. – joshbirk Mar 13 '14 at 18:20

Maybe something in the the fabric of the universe just doesn't let people changed the past, making a new outcome, so J will be recruit one way or another.

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