Long Live the King: Chadwick Boseman

Last week on 29th September, we all, mostly Marvel lovers, woke up to saddening news that is Chadwick Boseman passed away after battling cancer for four years. Chadwick Boseman, who we all better know as Black Panther.

He was 43 years old when he passed away, fighting a deadly disease unknown to the world. As an ardent Marvel fan, the death of a hero is grieving and painful, when we know that we won't get to see him play our favorite T'Challa anymore.

Remarkable Human Being

Chadwick Boseman apart from being a fantastic actor was a remarkable human being. His peers have always been in awe of him, Black Panther director Ryan Coogler said that he was an incredible and gifted actor.

Chadwick Boseman has achieved his stardom worldwide by playing Black Panther, but apart from it, he has acted in several meaty roles that have garnered critical appreciation.

Before arriving in film, he acted in Third Watch, a television series in the year 2003, he later portrayed a character named Reggie Montgomery in the soap opera "All My Children". He even acted in Law & Order, CSI: NY, and ER series, continuously improving his acting skills.

Apart from being an extremely talented actor, he was a proud fellow of the Black Community, voicing causes for the betterment of black Americans. Before him, we always saw a "white" hero play the role of superheroes, saving the lives of citizens.

But Black Panther and Chadwick Boseman bought a fresh and new wave by portraying Black Panther. His character amplified the voices of Black people. He was aware of all the atrocities and racial injustices that were conducted against the black community in America, and he supported their causes and struggles.

Challenging White Supremacy

Every character he portrayed on screen challenged the age-old White supremacy dominating Hollywood.

In the year 2013, he acted in the film "42" playing the lead and iconic character of Jackie Robinson. It was a film based on sports on the life of Jackie Robinson, the first African American baseball player.

In 2014, he acted in "Get On Up", a musical drama film based on the life of the singer "James Brown". Chadwick Boseman acted in the lead role playing James Brown and his acting received positive reviews from all over the world. Chadwick through this role showed to Hollywood that he is here to

In 2017, he again made his mark in the film "Marshall" as Thurgood Marshall, the first African American Supreme Court Justice. The film was centered on one of the historical cases of his career: the State of Connecticut vs Joseph Spell. It even received a nomination for "Best Original Score" at the prestigious 99th Academy Awards.

He garnered worldwide recognition by playing the King of Wakanda in Black Panther. It the first superhero and comic book film to get nominated for "Best Picture" at the Academy Award and the first film of Marvel Cinematic Universe(MCU) to win the award for Best Production and Costume Design.

Wakanda Forever

Black Panther part two was slated to be released in the year 2022 and Chadwick Boseman even started preparing to resume his role on screen, but tragedy struck and he failed to defeat cancer.

Through his life and struggles, Chadwick Boseman wants us to remember that each moment in life is important, so make the best out of it. He didn't let anyone know about his cancer and he fought it as he fought with Erik Killmonger with pride and courage. But whatever happens in reel doesn't happen in real.

I wasn't ready for your ending in the Infinity War, and I am not ready this time as well. Rest in Power King. Wakanda Forever.

Written by - Srijita Roy

Edited by - Rudransh Khurana

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