• Pallabi Bose

Black Panther Forever: Chadwick Boseman’s death leaves the world teary-eyed

Updated: Sep 4, 2020

End of an era, but a legacy endless.

A disease that snatched yet another life, yet another star. This time, it’s Chadwick Boseman. The world is weeping over the ad demise of the Black Panther. Boseman died, at the age of 43, after battling with colon cancer from the past 4 years. He did not share his health condition with anyone apart from his immediate family while filming his career-building movie Black Panther and Avengers: Endgame and Infiniti War.

The End of A Saga

In a statement, his family member tweeted, “A true fighter, Chadwick fought through it all. He brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Da 5 Bloods, and several more – they all were filmed between and during countless surgeries and chemotherapy.”

Movies and Acclamation

Chadwick Boseman had 15 movies and 15 TV series under his belt, the most popular being Black Panther. He will forever be remembered as King T’Challa of African nation Wakanda. For the first time, he brought T’Challa to life in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s (MCU) movie Captain America: Civil War. His portrayal of King T’Challa and Black Panther got him his stand-alone film Black Panther in 2018. It collected 20 crores USD in the box office. That’s not all. Black Panther was the first MCU film that was headlined by an actor of color and also the first MCU movie to win 3 Oscars in the best original score, best production design, and best costume design categories.

Not just an action star

Apart from Black Panther, Chadwick left his imprints on critically-acclaimed movies like 2013's movie 42, where he portrayed the life of Afro-American baseball player Jackie Robinson; 2014's film Get On Up, where he played singing legend James Brown; and 2017’s movie Marshall, where he relived the life of civil rights activist Thurgood Marshall. Though he left this world, Chadwick will be next seen in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, playing Levee.

While he popularized the phrase Wakanda Forever, ever since his demise, the internet has been pouring in tributes with hashtag #WakandaForever. Not just Chadwick’s film fraternity and Marvel Studios, former American President Barack Obama also has paid his tribute to the young Black Panther through his Twitter post.

Chadwick Boseman taught the world what it means to be ‘Young, Gifted, and Black.’ And the world will never forget it.