We still have a lot of time until the release of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther sequel. Not much is known at this time except that director Ryan Coogler is returning to develop and once again direct, as well as the return of the main cast including Chadwick Boseman, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira Winston Duke, and Angela Bassett. Now, thanks to a recent interview with Collider, we now know that another familiar face from the first film will return.
Martin Freeman was asked if he’d be returning for any MCU movies in the future as Agent CIA agent Everett Ross. Here is what he had to say:
“As far as I know, I will be [returning],” he said. “As far as I know, I will be in another Black Panther. That’s my understanding. As to when that will happen, I don’t know.”
Martin Freeman made his MCU debut as Everett K. Ross alongside Boseman’s Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War. Freeman returned for Black Panther. I speculate that we will see Agent Ross appear before a Black Panther sequel, as I think he will appear in Marvel Studios’ Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, as he was an integral part to bring down Zemo, and was the last character to speak with him in Civil War, Daniel Bruhl will also return as Zemo for the series.
Black Panther 2 was briefly confirmed during Marvel’s Comic-Con panel, even though it’s not on the Phase 4 schedule. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige noted shortly after that the sequel would likely be part of Phase 5. That means the earliest it would hit theaters is 2022. It is possible that we could get a release confirmation during Disney’s D23 Expo next week.
Released in 2018, Black Panther was a critical and financial hit grossing $700 million domestically and over $1.3 billion globally overall. The film was nominated for 6 Academy Awards including Best Picture (which it ultimately lost to Green Book). The film did take home awards for Best Original Score, Costume Design, Production Design.