Martin Freeman poses for photographers upon arrival at the World premiere of the film 'The Beatles: Get Back' in London Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. The three-part original docuseries, directed by Peter Jackson, made entirely from never-before-seen, restored footage, provides an intimate and honest glimpse into the creative process and relationship between John, Paul, George, and Ringo. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

Martin Freeman on the set of “Black Panther 2” without Chadwick Boseman

The actor said Boseman left an undeniable void, but “at the same time, things in life don’t just end. It’s not like, ‘Well, it happened, so we all have to leave and never do it again.’ “

Following the tragic death of Chadwick Boseman in 2020, many Marvel fans wondered how the “Black Panther” franchise could continue. Disney previously announced a sequel to 2018’s hit Ryan Coogler, but it seemed impossible to continue making movies without Boseman as the eponymous superhero.

Marvel eventually found a way, choosing not to recast the role and instead take an ensemble approach that focuses on character support with the upcoming “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” But according to one of the film’s stars, Boseman still left a huge void on set.

Martin Freeman, who reprises his role as Everett K. Ross, recently spoke to Collider about making the sequel without Boseman. While he acknowledges the show had to go on, he stressed that Boseman misses the team as much as the fans.

“It was weird, on that side,” Freeman said. “On the one hand, you’re making the movie you’re there to make, and there are dozens and dozens of people on set, united in this effort to make the movie. But there’s no doubt that at the heart of it all, there’s quite a gap now, and you’ve felt it.

That said, Freeman had nothing but good things to say about his experience directing the film.

“With all due respect to Ryan Coogler and everyone else, who sweats and bleeds to do this job properly, it was fun,” he said. ” It was nice. Went in and out pretty quickly I think. But I like playing Everett Ross. He’s a very fun character to play. He is very sympathetic to the story. He’s a good guy.

“But it was weird. Of course it was weird that Chadwick wasn’t there,” he continued. “There’s no getting around that. I think everyone would find that pretty weird and sad, but at the same time, things in life don’t just end. It’s not like, ‘Well, that’s what happened, so we all have to go and never again restart.'”

Despite Boseman’s absence, Freeman believes the world of “Black Panther” is rich enough to support more films and is proud of the one they’ve achieved.

“When he passed away, I thought, ‘Okay, well, maybe there won’t be another. But there are still other stories to tell in this world and other great characters,” he said. “I hope we made a good movie. I trust Ryan Coogler a lot.

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” hits theaters on November 11, 2022.

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