The appearance of Martin Freeman’s Everett Ross on the set of Black Panther should be no surprise to long time Marvel fans. The State Department employee became a major part of the Black Panther comics when he was assigned to T’Challa, otherwise known as Black Panther and the ruler of Wakanda. In Captain America: Civil War Freeman’s Ross had a slightly different target, the capture of Bucky Barnes. His presence on Ryan Coogler’s set indicates that his story may evolve closer to his comic persona.

It seemed a little strange that Freeman’s Civil War presence was relatively muted. Not that there weren’t already enough cast members with more pressing matters; it seems Freeman’s Civil War escapades was merely a brief introduction to the character. Freeman joins the stellar cast of Black Panther with Chadwick Boseman reprising the titular role, and newcomers Lupita Nyong’o, Coogler’s Creed actor Michael B. Jordan, and Winston Duke who has been cast as the antagonist Man-Ape.

Captain America: Civil War
Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War..L to R: Agent 13/Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) and Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman)..Photo Credit: Zade Rosenthal..? Marvel 2016

These are fine times for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Phase 3 has proved that new characters, often those unknown to the general public, can lead their own movie. Iron Man and Thor were early indicators that technology and a solid take on a compelling story could do good box office business for Marvel. Ant-Man and Doctor Strange are two more recent examples of how strong the MCU has become.

Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther was undoubtedly a highlight of The Russo Brothers’ Civil War. His own movie gives Marvel the chance to extend their shared universe further, and though the huge ensemble merry-go-round of the Infinity War films loom large on the horizon our interest is piqued by what will happen in Wakanda.

And maybe, just maybe, we’ll get a scene with Everett Ross and Doctor Strange? Too much meta perhaps? Or maybe it’ll only be too far if they include Robert Downey Jr. in the scene…

Here are the Black Panther set photos…

Martin Freeman Black Panther Set Pictures

 

 

Ryan Coogler on directing Black Panther

 

  • Gurpreet

    Marvels current strategy seems to be quantity over quality – I hope I’m proven wrong with Black Panther.