Even though Marvel Studios hasn’t officially announced a ‘Black Panther’ sequel, it’s known that one is coming, with Ryan Coogler returning to direct. Danai Gurira has already confirmed that she will be back as Okoye, and now Martin Freeman has also come forward to say that, as far as he knows, he will also be back as CIA agent Everett K. Ross.
While promoting his new movie ‘Ode to Joy’, Freeman told Collider:
“As far as I know, I will be [returning]. As far as I know, I will be in another Black Panther. That’s my understanding. As to when that will happen, I don’t know.”
The first ‘Black Panther’ was a phenomenon, making $1.3 billion at the box office. Some theaters in larger cities like New York, stayed open 24 hours during its opening weekend to accommodate ravenous fans. It went on to become the first comic book movie to be nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award.
Chadwick Boseman starred as the titular superhero, a.k.a. T’Challa the king of the high-tech kingdom of Wakanda. The film also starred Angela Bassett as Queen Ramonda, Sterling K. Brown as N’Jobu, Winston Duke as M’Baku, Michael B. Jordan as Erik Stevens/Killmonger, Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue, Forest Whitaker as Zuri, and Letitia Wright as Shuri. As for Freeman’s Everett K. Ross, he debuted in that role in ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’.
Freeman has had a lengthy career, with his most famous role being Bilbo Baggins in the three ‘Hobbit’ movies. He is also known for the original British version of ‘The Office’, the first season of ‘Fargo’, and for playing John Watson on the BBC’s ‘Sherlock’, as well as films like ‘Love Actually’ and ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. He will be seen this September in the ITV miniseries ‘A Confession’, and in FX’s upcoming comedy ‘Breeders’.
Marvel’s Phase 4 stretches through 2021, so ‘Black Panther 2’ will arrive sometime after that.