In the forthcoming Disney+ series Secret Invasion, Black Panther’s Martin Freeman will make his MCU comeback. After Samuel L. Jackson intimated in March that Martin Freeman would return to his role as CIA operative Everett K. Ross, the Black Panther actor has confirmed that this will indeed be the case.
The swelling list of cast members for Marvel Studios’ forthcoming Secret Invasion series has fans curious about what the studio has in store. In light of Samuel L. Jackson’s revelation that Martin Freeman’s Everett K. Ross would make an appearance, it seems the ensemble is more significant than previously believed. Stars including Emilia Clarke, Olivia Coleman, Christopher McDonald, and Kingsley Ben-Adir make their Marvel debuts in Secret Invasion.
Martin Freeman spoke with Radio Times to address Samuel L. Jackson’s earlier remark on his and Don Cheadle’s potential return to the roles in Secret Invasion.
“Yeah – I think that’s kosher information, isn’t it? In order not to embarrass Samuel, I will say… I’m not gonna say he’s got that totally wrong and he’s thinking of Sam Rockwell…So yes, I may very well be [appearing].”
In the 2016 film Captain America: Civil War, Freeman made his Marvel debut as a staffer of the CIA’s Joint Counter Terrorism Center, who has ties to other heroes like Black Panther. In 2018’s Black Panther, he returns to aid T’Challa, Nakia, Shuri, and the Dora Milaje in thwarting Killmonger and his army’s attempt to smuggle weapons from Wakanda to agents throughout the world.
Assuming he does so, Black Panther’s Martin Freeman would join the likes of Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders’s Maria Hill, and Ben Mendelsohn’s Talos in Secret Invasion. James Rhodes, played by Cheadle in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, would be making his third appearance in a Marvel series.
This tale was inspired by the 2008 event comic of the same name, which exposed the Skrull race’s long-running campaign to replace Marvel’s metahumans and steeply officials with imposters. In the forthcoming Black Panther sequel, Wakanda Forever, set for release on November 11, Freeman returns as Ross.
Speaking of Black Panther 2, Marvel Studios has not officially released any footage. Thus it is unclear how the film will address Chadwick Boseman’s death. Okoye and Shuri, the latter wearing a magnificent new purple outfit, were recently featured in compelling promotional imagery for Wakanda Forever. The artwork allegedly also indicated the arrival of Atlantis in the MCU by revealing live-action attire for Marvel supervillain Namor the Sub-Mariner, and foe Attuma.