Martin Freeman Addresses Chadwick Boseman’s Absence in Black Panther 2
Marvel’s next visit to Wakanda is going to look a lot different from the one that writer and director Ryan Coogler envisioned when Chadwick Boseman was still alive. But even as Coogler overhauls Black Panther 2’s screenplay, he’s leaving room for a major supporting character from the first film. That would be Everett Ross, played by Martin Freeman. In a recent interview with Collider, Freeman confirmed his return for the highly-anticipated sequel. However, he still doesn’t know anything about his role in the film.
“Yeah, I am doing the second Black Panther,” said Freeman. “I’m going to be speaking to 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.”
Freeman also revealed how much progress Coogler had made on Black Panther 2 before Boseman’s death rocked the industry last summer. Additionally, he shared how he feels about coming back to the series with a new lead donning T’Challa’s vibranium suit.
“Just before Chadwick died, if my memory serves correctly, the script had gone in,” said Freeman. “They had the script and they were working on the script, and then Chadwick died, and [I] sort of immediately thought, ‘Oh, okay, I could see a world where there’s no Black Panther then, because how can you do a Black Panther without Black Panther?’ So, I still don’t know what that’s going to look like. And no, obviously, 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, and still is very, very strange, 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. All I know is that I’m in it.”
Black Panther 2 will hit theaters on July 8, 2022.
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