If the folks at Marvel were trying to keep under wraps the return of Martin Freeman as Everett Ross for Black Panther, then they have failed miserably. With the first shots from the set of the 2017 blockbuster being released, there was nowhere left for the Englishman to hide as he even tweeted out the images on his own social media account.
Reprising the role he departed in Captain America: Civil War, Ross first appeared in the comic book series back in 1998. Created by artist Kenny Martinez and writer Christopher Priest, Ross is an ally to Black Panther. Having affiliations with the National Security Agency (NSA) and the United States Department of State. The character was always using his connections to help the superhero on his jet-setting missions overseas.
So Many Character, So Little Time
While Atlanta might be coming down with a serious case of Super Bowl fever at the moment, the city is the central hub for the production team to shoot the film. All while using the location as a means of portraying Wakanda on the big screen. Helped by one of the assistants in the rain, Freeman is provided an umbrella to keep him and his co-stars Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira and Lupita Nyong'o dry while they bring the comic book adaptation to life.
Ross was someone in Civil War who was on the trail of the Winter Soldier. Hoping to bring the ambiguous character to justice following all the carnage he helped to create or at least take part in. Whether or not he stars is yet to be determined. Not that it matters, as the cast is jam packed with talent from Sterling K. Brown (N’Jobu), Winston Duke (M’Baku), Forest Whitaker (Zuri), Daniel Kaluuya (W’Kabi) and Andy Serkis as Ulysses Claw.
MBJ Buffs Up For Another Physical Challenge
Playing the supervillain Erik Killmonger, Michael B. Jordan is getting back into the shape that saw the actor shine in the Rocky sequel/spinoff Creed. Working out like a professional athlete to prepare for the role. Although the feature is some time away from arriving in theaters on February 16, 2018, Jordan will act as a key protagonist to lure the Black Panther away from his surrounds in America and return to Wakanda where Killmonger has created havoc.
While this is all going on via one side of the Marvel apparatus, Joe and Anthony Russo are busily working away on Avengers: Infinity War to bring the heroes all under one banner once more. For those that love to feast out on their Marvel movies, 2017 and 2018 will be two epic years for the franchise.