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Enlarge /. Wakanda forever! Chadwick Boseman's rising star shot into the stratosphere when he took on the role of T & # 39; Challah in Black Panther (2018).
Actor Chadwick Boseman, best known for his lead role in Marvel's blockbuster film Black Panther (2018), has died as a result of a four-year battle with colon cancer. The reactions on Twitter started with shock and disbelief and quickly turned into a collective outpouring of sadness and heartfelt condolences to Boseman's family.
Part of the reason for the news was that Boseman has kept his illness quiet since his diagnosis in 2016 – the same year that Captain America: Civil War (which introduced his character) was released. Primary photography for Black Panther began in January 2017, shortly after his diagnosis. It was a physically demanding role, but you would never know about Boseman's performance. He kept working – he filmed Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, 21 Bridges, and Da 5 Bloods – between surgeries and chemotherapy treatments as his stage III colon cancer gradually progressed to stage IV. His final film will be the Netflix adaptation of August Wilson's play Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, which is currently in post-production.
"A true fighter, Chadwick went through it all and brought you many of the films that you loved so much," Boseman's family said in a statement. "From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, and a few more – all of them were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. It was his career honor to bring King T 'Challa to life in Black Panther. "
– Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) August 29, 2020
Boseman's acting career began with television roles on shows such as Third Watch, Law & Order, and CSI: NY. In 2013 biography 42, he grabbed his first leading role in the role of the groundbreaking baseball star Jackie Robinson. The official Twitter account for Major League Baseball tweeted, "We are devastated by the tragic loss of Chadwick Boseman. His transcendent performance in 42 will pass the test." Time and serve as a powerful vehicle for telling Jackie's story to the audience for generations to come. "
Thomas Tull, who produced 42, offered his own memory:
Chadwick was a force of nature, full of talent and strong mind. Tonight all baseball teams are wearing 42 to honor Jackie Robinson, and today is Dr. King's legendary "I have a dream" speech for the anniversary. Chad was special, he played Jackie Robinson with respect and awe for the legacy of a man who changed the world. Chad was kind and sincere, I will miss him very much and I will never forget him. My heart goes out to his wife and family.
Boseman starred alongside Kevin Costner in an NFL draft prospectus in the 2014 film Draft Day and starred as James Brown in Get On Up that same year. In 2017, he starred in the biography Marshall and played Thurgood Marshall, the first ever African American Supreme Court Justice. The film focused on one of the first cases in the judiciary's long legal career, the State of Connecticut against Joseph Spell.
But it was Black Panther who shot this rising star into the stratosphere. Black Panther grossed a whopping $ 1.3 billion worldwide – the highest-grossing film by any black director and the ninth highest-grossing film of all time – and was the first MCU film to win multiple Academy Awards (Best Costume Design, Best Original Score, and Best Production design). It was nominated for best picture even though it didn't win. With these merits, Black Panther represents the pinnacle of mainstream accomplishments for black filmmakers in Hollywood (so far), and it was Boseman's electrifying performance as T & # 39; challah that anchored the entire film.
Our hearts are broken and our thoughts are with Chadwick Boseman's family. Your legacy will live on forever. Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/DyibBLoBxz
– Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) August 29, 2020
Among those who offered memories were Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Brie Larsen, Mark Ruffalo, Ryan Reynolds, Denzel Washington, Lena Waithe, John Boyega, Don Cheadle, Ava DuVernay, Taika Waititi, Jordan Peele, Dwayne Johnson, Sterling K. Brown, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Cary Elwes, and many others.
Here is Kevin Feige, President, Marvel Studios & Chief Creative Officer, Marvel:
Chadwick's death is utterly devastating. He was our t & # 39; challah, our black panther and our dear friend. Every time he stepped on the set he exuded charisma and joy, and every time he appeared on screen, he created something truly indelible. He embodied many amazing people in his work, and no one was better at bringing great men to life. He was as smart and kind and powerful and strong as any person he portrayed. Now he takes his place next to you as an icon for eternity. The Marvel Studios family mourn him deeply, and we mourn his family tonight.
Robert A. Iger, Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of the Walt Disney Company, also quickly issued a statement:
The tragic loss of Chadwick Boseman – an extraordinary talent and one of the gentlest and most gifting souls I have ever met – broke our hearts. He brought tremendous strength, dignity and depth to his groundbreaking role as Black Panther; Destroying myths and stereotypes, becoming a long-awaited hero for millions of people around the world and inspiring us all to dream bigger and claim more than the status quo. We mourn all that he was and all that he was to become. For his friends and millions of fans, his absence from the screen is only dwarfed by his absence from our lives. All of us at Disney send our prayers and heartfelt condolences to his family.
A sequel to Black Panther is currently in development at Marvel. Director Ryan Coogler is back on top, set to be released on May 6, 2022. Of course, the role of T & # 39; Challah needs to be recast, although it's hard to imagine who could fill Boseman's shoes. It's just one of many likely future roles that we'll never see right now. Rest in power, king.