A glimpse at some unforgettable performances Boseman left for us.
Chadwick Boseman’s demise has caused a global cascade of love for the late actor. His entire career reads like a love letter to the black culture and made a vital impact on it as well. Before becoming Black Panther, he featured in a series of biopics about revolutionary Black icons. On Friday, August 28, 2020, Chadwick passed away in his LA home with family by his side.
Boseman would always remain synonymous with T’Challa, a character that he perfused with intelligence and a deep sense of empathy. In a span of just 3 years, he made his presence felt amongst the MCU’s top superheroes. Boseman surely an immense amount of work for us to remember. Throughout the 4 Marvel films that he played as the iconic superhero which were released between 2016 and 2019, Boseman’s portrayal of Black Panther gave inspiration and hope to young children everywhere that they, too, could be superheroes.
As T’Challa, Chadwick left no stone unturned in giving life to the titular superhero. He left us with many moments and scenes that have stayed with us since. Here are some of our favorite scenes of Chadwick as Black Panther from the Marvel Cinematic Universe:
Captain America: Civil War – T’Challa Confronts Zemo
In the final minutes of the Civil War, Cap and Iron Man are in the middle of their duel. During this T’Challa comes into terms with the deception he had faced and realized it was Zemo all along who plotted an act of revenge to destroy the Avengers from within. “This is all you wanted. To see them rip each other apart,” T’Challa says.
Black Panther’s character in the Civil War dealt with a king who is recovering from the loss of his father. “Vengeance has consumed you. It’s consuming them. I’m done letting it consume me,” he says as he pushes him away and saves Zemo who tries to kill himself. It was the moment we realized who this king was.
Captain America: Civil War – The Chase Of Bucky Barnes
To the date, I believe his entry into the film as the true Black Panther in action couldn’t have been any better. The scene pushes you off to the edge of your chair and the adrenaline rush becomes real. Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) is brainwashed and programmed to set off a bomb in a meeting where the King T’Chaka of Wakanda, T’Challa’s father was present.
Set around the streets of Burachest, the chase followed the vengeance of T’Challa against Bucky whom he tries to stop from running away
It all goes a cut above when Captain America and Falcon join in to protect Bucky from the newcomer whose identification was unknown to them. T’Challa later joins Tony Stark in Civil War’s epic battle that pits the Avengers against each other. He leaves the audience stunned when he scratches Cap’s shield in the same fight.
Black Panther – Visiting T’Chaka
The film’s background from the start gives importance to family and its legacy. In the middle of T’Challa’s preparation to become a king, we witness a very emotional yet touching scene before the panther king takes the crown of Wakanda for himself. After completing the first ritual combat in which Chadwick’s character defeats M’Baku, the star takes on to another ritual wherein T’Challa visits the ancestral plane and meets his father, T’Chaka.
In one of Black Panther’s most emotional moments, T’Challa bows to his father, who tells him to stand as he has now become a king and achieved his true destiny. On asking how he can be a great king, his father answers that it’ll be hard, but T’Challa is a good man and must surround himself with people he trusts.
Black Panther – T’Challa’s return
Years ago the King of Wakanda, T’Chaka killed his own brother and left his son Erik Killmonger fatherless. Seeking revenge, Killmonger returns to Wakanda over T’Challa’s reign and apparently kills him to take the crown of Wakanda. Killmonger tried to sell and gain full control of Wakanda’s considerable technological resources.
Later in the story, M’baku discovers T’Challa and works on with Shuri and Nakia to heal him. They succeed and T’Challa makes a heroic return to central Wakanda by crash landing on a plane. His words on his arrival, “I never yielded, as you can see I’m not dead!” gives our Boseman another thrillingly heroic moment in the MCU.
Avengers Infinity War – The war in Wakanda
In the climax of Avengers Infinity Wars, Thanos reaches the Wakandan soils to take the mind stone from Vision and complete his powerful infinity gauntlet. While Shuri tries to extract it from Vision’s head, T’Challa with the rest of the Avengers leads his Wakandan army to a battle against Thanos and the Chitauris.
In an iconic scene before charging to the battlefield, T’Challa assembles next to next to M’Baku, loyal Okoye, and the other Avengers. T’Challa truly becomes a king when his army musters next to him as he yells “Wakanda Forever” and they march forward.
Avengers End Game – Black Panther leads the portal charge
Even after the unbelievable fight, Thanos wins over all the six Infinity Stones and adds them to his gauntlet. In one snap Thanos wipes out half the universe in the Infinity war and left us hanging to the story for a year until the endgame arrived. The snap turned many of the superheroes in the form of dust and the Avengers lost half of their team.
In the departed and dusted was our Wakandan King T’Challa who left his allies M’Baku and Okoye confounded. However, things recover in the Endgame, the surviving avengers travel back through time to seize the Stones before Thanos can. During the final war, Dr. Strange opens a network of portals that returns the now-revived victims together for the last battle against Thanos. If you remember the scenes in your head right now, you probably remember what follows, an army of warriors yelling “Yibambe!-Yibambe!”. Our king makes yet another classic entrance with his sister Shuri and Okoye by his side.
Chadwick Boseman might be away from us, but his work of art remains to be in our hearts till the end of time. Rest easy King