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Even though Steve Rogers was Captain America: Civil War's main character, the 2016 blockbuster had plenty for almost every Earth-bound MCU superhero to do. Black Panther was one of the more notable participants, and after a strong debut, he's gearing up to lead his own movie next year. Most of the Black Panther characters who have been announced so far are brand new to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but one of the few familiar figures who will be seen is Martin Freeman's Everett Ross.
Black Panther recently began its principal photography at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, and JustJared snapped a few photos showing Martin Freeman on the set. It's been rumored for a long time that Freeman might reprise Everett Ross for Black Panther, and sure enough, we'll be seeing him, though exactly how prominent his role will be remains to be revealed. Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira and Lupita Nyong'o were also spotted, and the actors had reportedly been filming a United Nations meeting scene that day.
Martin Freeman's Everett Ross appeared in Captain America: Civil War as the Deputy Task Force commander of the Joint Counter Terrorist Centre, and he answered to U.S. Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross. His main purpose in the movie was overseeing the capture and interrogation of Bucky Barnes, who had been framed for the murder of T'Chaka, the king of Wakanda. However, after Helmut Zemo revealed to be the true perpetrator, Ross had no problem mocking Civil War's main antagonist once he was imprisoned. Anyone who's familiar with the Black Panther lore from the comics knows that Ross has history with T'Challa from his time at the State Department, eventually becoming one of the United States' main experts on Wakanda. Given that they met in Captain America: Civil War under stressful circumstances, Ross and T'Challa might not necessarily be friendly with one another at first in Black Panther, but hopefully Ross will take after his comic book counterpart and prove himself to be a valuable ally to the hero in the end.
Besides Martin Freeman and Chadwick Boseman, Black Panther has built an incredible cast over the last six months. Its members include Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killonger, Lupita Nyong'o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Forest Whitaker as Zuri, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Winston Duke as M'Baku/Man-Ape, Daniel Kaluuya as W'Kabi, Florence Kasumba as Ayo and Sterling K. Brown as N'Jobu. It's also worth mentioning that Avengers: Age of Ultron introduced Ulysses Klaue, who is one of Black Panther's most dangerous enemies in the comics (where he's known as Klaw), but there's been no official word yet on if Andy Serkis will reprise Klaue in Black Panther or any future Marvel movie.
Black Panther slashes its way into theaters on February 16, 2018. Let us know what you think of Everett Ross' inclusion in the comments below.