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Martin Freeman as Everett Ross in Black Panther

Following the jaw-dropping events of Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel fans were scrambling to place each of the vast universe’s characters in one of two columns: those who survived and the snapped. It fueled tons of theories about where Endgame would go after audiences witnessed many of their beloved characters turn to dust. When the Avengers faced off against Thanos in the massive Endgame battle just about everyone answered Cap’s “assemble” call and a sigh of relief could be felt across the galaxy.

As we look ahead to the future of the MCU, Endgame still holds weight. In the highly-anticipated Black Panther 2 for example, did Martin Freeman’s Everett Ross make it through those five rough years? Here’s what the Sherlock actor says:

I think so, yeah. No, no one’s told me that he died.

Whew! The Deputy Task Force Commander who fought alongside T’Challa and Wakandan soldiers to take down Killmonger in Black Panther may not have made an appearance in Endgame, but it looks like he’s still alive and well in the MCU. Martin Freeman told Uproxx he thinks his Marvel character survived the snap and the following regarding the development of the sequel:

The last I heard, we won’t be doing it next year. So, it might be 2021 when we’re making the next Black Panther. That’s all I know.

Although the studio’s Phase Four slate recently revealed at San Diego Comic Con didn’t include Black Panther 2, Marvel chief Kevin Feige confirmed it was in development. The highly-anticipated sequel is still in early stages, as Feige recently said Ryan Coogler had just started working on the script. Black Panther 2 will likely be part of Phase Five, perhaps alongside Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Captain Marvel 2 and Blade.

Martin Freeman’s Everett Ross looks like he’ll be returning to the cast with Danai Gurira’s Okoye and Letitia Wright’s Shuri also expected to come back for the sequel. New details about the project, such as the villain remains to seen for Black Panther 2. Fans are rallying behind the idea of Namor being introduced into the universe by way of this sequel.

When we do pick up with the cast of Black Panther for the sequel, it will be exciting to see how the Snap affected life in Wakanda and what Everett Ross was up to during this time. In the comics, he becomes an expert on Wakandan culture and a trusted ally to T’Challa and his family.

Martin Freeman is currently promoting his new romantic comedy with Gotham’s Morena Baccarin, Ode To Joy. The movie is about a man (Freeman) with a neurological disorder that has feelings of joy make him faint. When Baccarin’s character comes into his life, this becomes a bit more of a problem. Ode to Joy is now available to rent.

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