In Black Panther, CIA agent Everett Ross gets a lot more involved in the action that he did when his character was introduced in Captain America: Civil War. We get a glimpse of the kind of craziness his job sometimes plunges him into. After all, Everett Ross isn’t a superhero like the kind he mixes with – far from being an Avenger, he’s just an ordinary guy. Albeit one that works for a huge spy organisation. And one with the inherent ability to virtually pilot an aircraft with no prior experience.
FANDOM spoke to Martin Freeman, who plays Everett Ross, and Andy Serkis, who plays Black Panther villain Ulysses Klaue, about what a spin-off involving their characters would look like. And it would look a bit more chilled than the sort of Marvel fare we’re used to seeing on screen. Freeman would like to pick up Ross’s story during his retirement.
“His spin-off would be about the fact that he had found peace and financial comfort and was now living on and off a yacht on Montego Bay,” he says.
But it wouldn’t be hedonistic.
“It would be more relaxed than that,” he says. “It would be his adventures. Well, I call them adventures — they’d be more sort of ‘the happenings’ of an ex-CIA agent. Which involves mojitos and dub reggae. It would just be that. Two films of that.”
But that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t involve cameos. Freeman is open to the Black Panther characters putting in appearances, but there are provisos. He’d even let Klaue join the yacht party if he calms down. “Everyone in this film can come but calm down. Just lie down for a bit. Lie in the sun.”
Sounds like Andy Serkis is on board with that, because life after Black Panther for Klaue would see him concentrating on his music. According to Serkis: “He makes mixtapes, so I think he’d spend all the money he makes from [selling] Vibranium on creating a really good franchise of mixtapes. I think he wants to reach the people with music. And he’d also start an orphanage.”
There’s even room for another villain portrayed by Serkis on Everett Ross’s yacht. But he’s not from the MCU – he’s Serkis’s Star Wars character, Snoke. Serkis based the villainous Supreme Leader on Hugh Hefner and says he’d like to see him return in a Playboy mansion-type spin-off. Which leads Freeman to immediately invite him to Montego Bay to join an all-male party of “men having manly fun”.
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Black Panther hits screens in the UK on February 13 and in the US on February 16.
Kim Taylor-Foster is Entertainment Editor for Fandom in the UK. She was raised on an unsteady diet of video nasties and violent action flicks.