Things you didn’t know about Black Panther

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If you’ve been paying attention to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, then you may already be familiar with Everett K. Ross, the CIA agent assigned to deal with some of the more official aspects of life in a universe full of superheroes. In the movies, he’s played by Martin Freeman, and made his first appearance in Captain America: Civil War, interrogating Baron Zemo for his crimes.

In the comics, however, he had a bit of a rocky start. As an agent working for the State Department’s Office of the Chief of Protocol, he was assigned to be a liason to Black Panther during the Wakandan hero’s visit to America. Needless to say, the self-proclaimed “king of the useless white boys” was woefully unprepared to be pulled into the world of superheroics, and wound up being dragged along as a viewpoint character on what could charitably be called “misadventures.”

Perhaps his scariest moment came early in the series. After losing his pants in a mud-wrestling match (long story), Ross found himself visited by Mephisto, the closest thing that the Marvel Universe has to the actual devil. Sitting next to each other in an apartment, with Ross on the couch and Mephisto on a flaming throne of skulls that he conjured up from the depths of Hell, the two characters shared a moment when Mephisto granted Ross a new pair of jeans, leaving Ross wondering if he had accidentally sold his soul for pants. Which, to be fair, isn’t the worst possible reason to damn your immortal spirit.

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