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“Mean this with no disrespect, he only won because he passed away”: Marvel Fans Blast Emmys for Fake Pandering After Chadwick Boseman Wins Posthumous Award for Marvel’s ‘What If…?’

T'Chala Chadwick Boseman Black Panther What if

Marvel’s journey with Chadwick Boseman began with Captain America: Civil War (2016). That film was an endeavor to portray the fissure within the Earth’s mightiest before they could gel as a team and face their most significant threat to date. And one of the elements from that narrative that proved revolutionary was the introduction of the Black Panther.

Chadwick Boseman
Chadwick Boseman as King T’Challa

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But what if, T’Challa wasn’t the descendant of the Panther God, Bast, and instead roamed the galaxy as the Star-Lord of the Ravagers? Chadwick Boseman’s contribution to the MCU extended beyond his live-action movies and the voicing of T’Challa/Star-Lord in Marvel’s What If…? Season 1 Episode 2 marked his final appearance in the franchise.

Marvel’s Evolution From 2008 to 2021

It is needless to say how the superhero franchise evolved since the first decade of the 21st century. What began with the introduction of the genius billionaire playboy philanthropist soon started snowballing with prospects and stories until the franchise dove headfirst into the accepting arms of the fandom. A Black superhero wouldn’t have had the acceptance it did during Black Panther if the premiere was a decade earlier.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever continues Boseman's legacy
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever continues Boseman’s legacy

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Marvel not only set the stage for making what was once considered ‘nerdy’ now the epitome of ‘cool’ but the CBM production studio also arrived at an era guided by a woke generation, socio-cultural revolution, inclusivity, and the re-invention of one’s self-identity. Phase Four is an edifice of that ideology taking shape. So, it begins to make sense why an internal revolution within that landscape of changes would attract more viewers into an endless realm of possibilities. What If…? sets the stage for that revolution and Boseman’s contribution was made manifold in his passing.

Wakanda Forever pays tribute to Boseman T'Challa in universe
Wakanda Forever pays tribute to Boseman’s T’Challa in-universe

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Chadwick Boseman Wins an Emmy For Marvel’s What If…?

When the Emmy was awarded to Chadwick Boseman this year for his voice performance in What If… T’Challa Became a Star-Lord? most were confused about their initial reaction to the news. What should have been a happy occasion and a celebration (much like the arrival of the first Black superhero) was instead overcast by the looming shadow of a question that enquired whether the award was deserving of talent or by death.

As the internet clearly finds a side to pander to, Marvel Studios offers tribute to the actor who has already gained the status of a legend. The Phase Four closing movie, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will serve as a posthumous homage to Chadwick Boseman, his in-universe legacy, as well as the tremendous contribution he had made toward progressing the structure of the franchise into the future.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever premieres on November 11, 2022.

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Written by Diya Majumdar

At 25, Diya Majumdar is inching closer to getting to the bottom of every film and television's history in existence. Having graduated with honors in literature from Miranda House, DU, her passion and profession both include dissecting the world of cinema, with more than 800 published articles on Fandomwire. She is a liberally opinionated person with an overbearing love for Monet, Edvard Munch, and Van Gogh and boasts of being an avid painter of all their troubled works.