‘Sherlock’ Star Martin Freeman Confirmed to Return for Black Panther Sequel

'Sherlock' Star Martin Freeman Confirmed to Return for Black Panther Sequel

Sherlock actor Martin Freeman is set to reprise his role as the CIA agent Everett K. Ross in the upcoming MCU sequel Black Panther II.

Martin Freeman, who played T’Challa in Black Panther (2018), has announced that he will reprise his role in the highly awaited sequel.

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While promoting the new season of the parental comedy show Breeders, in which he portrays a troubled father of two, the Marvel actor revealed he carries no idea what his character Everett K. Ross will be doing in the sequel.

However, he is aware that the astute CIA agent will be appearing alongside Letitia Wright‘s Shuri, Lupita Nyong’o‘s Nakia, and many others on the big screen.

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He told Collider,

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Yeah, I am doing the second Black Panther. I’m going to be speaking to [director] Ryan Coogler soon about what shape that’s going to look like. I have no idea about the script [so] I don’t know what’s going to happen.

Speaking on how it feels to be involved in a Black Panther movie without lead star Chadwick Boseman, who died of cancer at the age of 43 in August 2020, Freeman said it’s “very, very strange”

The actor added,

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Just before Chadwick died, if my memory serves correctly, the script had gone in. They had the script and they were working on the script, and then Chadwick died, and [I] sort of immediately thought, ‘Oh, OK, I could see a world where there’s no Black Panther then, because how can you do a Black Panther without Black Panther?’

The 49-year-old continued,

Before Chad died, the idea of doing it without him would have been a stupid idea. It would have been crazy. It was very shocking that he is not here. So, I’m as curious as you are to see what that will look like and I find out quite soon.

Marvel Studios announced a few weeks following Boseman’s death that the next film would not include a digital iteration of the actor. The company also informed fans the titular Black Panther character wouldn’t be recast.

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Marvel chief Kevin Feige said,

So much of the comics and that first movie is the world of Wakanda. Wakanda is a place to further explore with characters and different subcultures. This was always and initially the primary focus of the next story.

Black Panther II is expected to hit theatres on 8th July 2022.

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