Marvel Studios' Black Panther was a certifiable cultural phenomenon, not just because it was a successful superhero film, but because of what it represented to black communities everywhere. Knowing that the beloved cast and director Ryan Coogler are all returning, audiences have since been eagerly awaiting the sequel, guessing at what might happen or when it will arrive in theaters.
Thanks to Martin Freeman, who plays CIA Agent Everett Ross in the MCU, the answer regarding "when" has become clearer. When asked about a production start date on the Black Panther 2, Freeman stated, "the last I heard, we won't be doing it next year," going on to suggest, "it might be 2021 when we’re making the next Black Panther. That's all I know."
So it appears that fans will have to wait a while longer, though they might also be eager to know about Ross' experience with the Snap, as he hasn't appeared in the MCU since the events of Black Panther. Needless to say, a lot has happened. Thanos appeared and won, five years passed and the Avengers managed to undo the Mad Titan's actions. Freeman has some idea about that too. When asked if Ross had survived, the actor simply said, "I think so, yeah. No, no one's told me that he died."
The Black Panther sequel was officially announced at SDCC in July and is currently in development. Ryan Coogler is returning as writer and director with Chadwick Boseman, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira and Martin Freeman reprising their roles.