Famous for portraying King T’Challa in Marvel’s Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman’s debut in Captain America: Civil War made him an instant fan favorite and his performance was highly praised by the critics.
The actor was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016 and very few people knew about his illness as he went through multiple surgeries and chemotherapy. In 2020, the actor passed away due to complications related to cancer at his home in Los Angeles.
The succession of Black Panther
Since the actor’s death two years ago, the question of who will be the next Black Panther has been raised by fans many times now. Many assumed it will be Letitia Wright who plays the king’s younger sister, while many wanted Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger to return and take on the mantle.
Letitia Wright also commented on the difficulty of shooting the sequel without Chadwick Boseman, describing the feel to be surreal. When asked by MTV News at the San Diego Comic-Con who would be portraying the next Black Panther, she said:
“I don’t know what you’re talking about, but November 11th, you get your ticket.”
Legacy of Chadwick Boseman
Amongst all the manners in which he served his community, his donation of protective equipment to hospitals has stood out. He had launched a scheme called Operation42, through which he had donated $4.2M worth of PPE equipment to hospitals serving Black communities.
While fans appreciated the actor’s philanthropy, many were concerned by the actor’s appearance as he promoted the initiative in a live video. The actor had also gifted a sick child, Nate Moore, a package of toys and had written down his last text about the package, it goes:
“If we were able to ease their suffering and bring joy for a moment, and hopefully moments as he goes through the bags, then we made a difference in his life.”
Marvel has also been very careful trying to uphold Chadwick Boseman’s legacy, with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever director Ryan Coogler assuring fans that the actor’s death will be treated tastefully and respectfully.