Marvel's Martin Freeman Breaks Silence on If Ross Was a Skrull in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

The debut episode of Marvel's Secret Invasion thrust viewers into the shocking revelation of Everett Ross being killed by Talos, only to discover that the "Ross" in question was actually a Skrull impersonating the long-standing government agent. This twist immediately sparked fan speculation about how long the Skrull version of Ross has been operating within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Has this imposter been masquerading as Ross for years?

These questions lie at the core of Secret Invasion, intentionally blurring the lines between reality and trust. While concrete information regarding the "real" Ross has yet to be provided, actor Martin Freeman, who portrays Ross, believes that the Skrull version of the character is exclusive to Secret Invasion. During an interview with Collider, Freeman expressed his belief that the genuine Ross appeared in previous movies, such as Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which shares a timeline with Secret Invasion.

"No, we had a conversation about it. Put it this way, I wasn't playing anything in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever as a Skrull," Freeman clarified. "I wasn't thinking, 'I'm a Skrull.' Secret Invasion and Wakanda Forever definitely overlapped chronologically, but I was never given a definitive explanation like, 'This is the absolute truth now.'"

Everett Ross Hasn't Always Been a Skrull

Freeman further expressed his firm belief that Ross has not been a Skrull throughout his tenure in the MCU. He adamantly refused to approach the character with the notion that he could have been anything other than a human being.

"I don't want to play Ross as a Skrull. I refuse to believe that he's been a Skrull all this time, so I don't. That's not how I've portrayed the character. I've always believed in Ross's integrity. I genuinely enjoy portraying Ross as an organic human being, so I don't want to see him as a Skrull. For me, Ross is not a Skrull. I approached him as a human, and that's what I believe."

However, it's important to note that things could change if Marvel decides to take the story in a different direction. As there has been no definitive information about Ross since the Skrull's demise, the possibilities remain open.

In Secret Invasion, the MCU's top superspy, Nick Fury, makes his return in the limited series that premiered on Disney+ on June 21st. Samuel L. Jackson reprises his role in this new Marvel Studios series, following Fury's mission to uncover a Skrull invasion that has infiltrated powerful positions within various governments and organizations worldwide. Fury joins forces with allies Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Everett Ross (Martin Freeman), and Talos (Ben Mendelsohn), while James Rhodes, also known as War Machine, makes a mysterious appearance. The series also introduces new talents to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including Emilia Clarke, Olivia Colman, and Kingsley Ben-Adir.

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