All we know about Black Panther 2 right now is that the movie exists and Black Panther director Ryan Coogler is back. We can reasonably assume that all of Wakanda’s featured players will return, but it appears their favorite outsider will join them again. Martin Freeman will reprise the role of Everett Ross in the sequel, or so he expects.
“As far as I know, I will be [returning],” Freeman recently told Collider. “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.”
Ross’ return in Black Panther 2 makes a lot of sense. Working with the rest of the world creates the need for a small circle of people you trust. T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) and his friends and family trust Ross.
Wakanda has been a player on the world stage for several years now (the first film takes place right after Captain America: Civil War in 2016). Of course, five of those years were spent with the world in complete disarray in between snaps. It will be interesting to see what Ross’ role has been and will be as it relates to Wakanda.
In the comics, Ross has been the United States’ liaison to Wakanda and that’s been set up by what we’ve already seen of the character in the MCU.
We do not know when Black Panther 2 will hit theaters (presumably 2022), but we may get an update on Ross next year. Freeman does not have any reported involvement in the Disney+ series The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, but Emily VanCamp will return as Sharon Carter.
When last we saw, Carter was working for and perhaps about to be fired from the CIA, Ross’ last known employer. That connection, as well as the return of Helmut Zemo (Daniel Brühl), could be enough to set up a Ross appearance, or at least a verbal update on the character.
Hopefully, we’ll get an official update on Black Panther 2 during next weekend’s D23 Expo.