Martin Freeman Confirms Return For Black Panther 2 and Addressed Losing Chadwick Boseman

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Martin Freeman, playing Everett Ross in Black Panther, officially confirms that he would be reprising his role once again in Black Panther 2. Freeman also addressed the loss of the late Chadwick Boseman and how his demise affected the making of the installment of the film.

Martin Freeman Confirms Return For Black Panther 2
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Martin Freeman, known for his roles in The Office, Sherlock Series, The Hobbit film trilogy, and Fargo, first appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Everett Ross, a CIA Agent, and former US Air Force, in Captain America: Civil War where he is the Deputy Task Force Commander of the Joint Counterterrorism Center.

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Ross returned to the MCU in Black Panther as he encountered T'Challa, Nakia, and Okoye in a black-market sale in South Korea. Ross protected Nakia from a gunshot by Ulysses Klaue's team and took a shot to the spine. Because of this, T'Challa brought him to Wakanda for treatment from Shuri despite Wakanda's policy of not letting in outsiders. The rest is history as Ross becomes an Ally to T'Challa.

In an interview with Collider, Freeman confirmed his return in Black Panther 2 and added that he would be meeting with Ryan Coogler, producer of Black Panther, to talk about the film. Freeman said he has absolutely no idea what the film will be about.

With the late Chadwick Boseman being the Black Panther, it is impossible to talk about the film without encountering his name. Last year, Boseman succumbed to cancer and the world seems to have never gotten over the fact that he is gone given that he portrayed T'Challa perfectly and he embodies being a hero even in his everyday life.

Boseman fought cancer while filming various MCU movies such as Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. He did not show any weakness, instead, he did not let cancer stop him from acting which inspired many, especially those who got the chance to work with such an amazing actor like him, including Freeman himself.

Freeman said that before Boseman died, the script was already in the works and when they lost him, the team was in shambles. Freeman said, "It was very shocking, and still is very, very strange, that he is not here."

Black Panther 2's plot is still in the shadows, to date. What is sure is that Marvel confirmed T'Challa will not be recast. Wakanda forever, indeed.

Black Panther 2 is slated for a theatrical release on July 8, 2022.

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