While the majority of Black Panther's main players hail from Wakanda, there will be a few outsiders participating in the story, specifically Martin Freeman's Everett K. Ross and Andy Serkis' Ulysses Klaue. Both characters have already been introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but since they're both primarily tied to the Black Panther mythos in the comics, this movie will serve as their most important appearances yet. Although Ross and Klaue will find themselves on opposite sides in Black Panther, Freeman noted that Ross needs to maintain a working relationship of sorts with Klaue in order to gain intel on other notorious criminals. Freeman explained:
Speaking with CinemaBlend's own Eric Eisenberg and a group of other reporters at a Black Panther set visit last year, Martin Freeman then added that although Everett Ross realizes he needs to "contain" Ulysses Klaue, it's also important that he obtains information from him and ensure that the arms dealer keeps coming back to him. This is in sharp contrast to what T'Challa wants, who's keen on taking Klaue off the proverbial board because of the threat he poses to Wakanda. So even though T'Challa and Ross are allies in Black Panther just like in the comics, they'll have opposing views on the best way to handle Klaue.
Everett Ross was last seen in Captain America: Civil War overseeing Helmut Zemo's transfer into prison for his many crimes, including killing T'Challa's father, King T'Chaka. When asked if the relationship between Ross and Ulysses Klaue is similar at all to the last scene between Ross and Zemo, Martin Freeman responded:
Originally the Deputy Task Force Commander of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, Everett Ross is back to being a "regular" CIA agent in Black Panther, and he'll team up with T'Challa to protect Wakanda. As for Ulysses Klaue, he was last seen in Avengers: Age of Ultron getting his arm ripped off by Ultron. However, thanks to the billions of dollars the robot wired him minutes before, Klaue has a weaponized prosthesis in its place, and he'll use that and all his other resources to help Erik Killmonger bring down the Wakandan kingdom.
Black Panther will be released in theaters on February 16.
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