When Marvel announced that Martin Freeman had joined the cast of the highly-anticipated Captain America: Civil War, they did so without revealing who he’d be playing in the film. This, of course, led to plenty of speculation among fans. Two of the characters fans speculated were Henry Gyrich and Everett Ross, with rumors suggesting it would more than likely be Ross that Freeman would be playing in Civil War. Those same rumors suggested that he’d show up in 2018’s Black Panther film, which will star Chadwick Boseman – who is also making his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Civil War – and will be directed by Ryan Coogler.

Well, thanks to the folks over at Empire Magazine, there’s no need to speculate any further regarding Freeman’s character as they’ve just confirmed he will be playing Everett Ross. And while they don’t flat out say he’ll make an appearance in Black Panther, they do allude to it.

Along with the confirmation of Freeman’s role as Ross, Empire released a brand new still featuring Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) and Ross (Freeman), and gave a breakdown of the scene featured in the still.

This exclusive still shows Freeman’s Ross and Emily VanCamp’s Sharon Carter – Steve Rogers’ former neighbour – in action. Note the German SWAT team backing them up. Co-director Joe Russo is promising that the return to Germany will bring Chris Evans’ Rogers “full circle”, sending him back to where it all began in a way that will no doubt be emotionally challenging for Cap. As if tackling Tony Stark and his team won’t be tough enough.

A stalwart in the Marvel comic books, Everett Ross is traditionally the US government’s man in Wakanda. It’s a role that obviously brings Freeman into Black Panther’s (Chadwick Boseman) world and makes Freeman a safe bet to be get a broader role in the standalone Black Panther movie. In Civil War he’s part of the Joint Counter Terrorist Centre.

Captain America: Civil War is set to hit movie theaters on May 6th, 2016!

Source: Empire Magazine.