Why 'Captain America: Civil War' Needs Martin Freeman's Everett Ross Character To Succeed

Colin Fredericson

Captain America: Civil War needs Everett Ross. Not just for Captain America: Civil War, but for the Marvel films that follow. He is closely linked to Black Panther. Marvel is now setting the fertile ground that will bring about a perfect situation for Black Panther to come to the forefront. If there were no Black Panther in this movie playing a critical role, there would be no need for Everett Ross. But consider this a further jumping off point for the 2018 Black Panther solo movie. By then, both Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman's characters will be well-known to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Back in 1998, Everett Ross was created as a goofy government bureaucrat. Christopher Priest used the character as a way to bring out his vision for a new kind of Black Panther comic. He merely served to connect a white comic book buying audience to a black superhero. But Priest carried out this connection process in often ironic and comedic ways. He told Newsarama about the purpose of using Everett Ross.

"'Black' comic books traditionally do not sell well, another reason I was reluctant to take on Black Panther. Comics are traditionally created by white males for white males. I figured, and I believe rightly, that for Black Panther to succeed, it needed a white male at the center, and that white male had to give voice to the audience's misgivings or apprehensions or assumptions about this character and this book."

— Marvel UK & Ireland (@MarvelUK) February 25, 2016

Marvel may shift Black Panther to the forefront and have him carry a large part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the way that Iron Man and Captain America have carried it before. By Infinity War, he will likely have taken the starring role, or at least, the pivotal role. Marvel also needs someone to compete with the DC cinematic overlords of Batman and Superman. Both of those guys have had a much longer legacy in the movies than any Marvel character has had. Black Panther is Marvel's best bet for competing with the Batman mystique. But Black Panther has the potential to be an even more mysterious, unique character than Batman. That's why they are rallying behind his success.

— MFreemanology (@MFreemanology) February 24, 2016

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