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‘What an incredibly graceful human being’: Robert Downey Jr Called MCU Casting Chadwick Boseman a “Game Changer”, Said Black Panther is a Better Movie Than Iron Man

Robert Downey Jr Called MCU Casting Chadwick Boseman a Game Changer

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has finally hit the theaters but the void of the late Chadwick Boseman can be still felt in the movie. Chadwick Boseman was an integral part of the MCU with his iconic role as King T’Challa. His charm and grace on screen are still missed even today. Besides all his talents and charisma, he was most importantly a beautiful human being. Even the Marvel legend Robert Downey Jr once acknowledged how precious Boseman actually was to the MCU.

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Robert Downey Jr with Chadwick Boseman

Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark aka Iron Man is considered to be a Marvel Legend even after the ending of his screen dominance with Avengers: Endgame. According to the Sherlock Holmes actor, Black Panther was the best movie in the MCU even better than his own Iron Man movies.

Robert Downey Jr praised Chadwick Boseman’s casting as iconic

Chadwick Boseman as King T'Challa
Chadwick Boseman as King T’Challa

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Black Panther is considered one of the best movies in the slate of the MCU to date. The Ryan Coogler directorial balanced impressive storytelling with brilliant acting and memorable characters. The casting of Chadwick Boseman as King T’Challa in Captain America: Civil War garnered more praise from the audience and the presentation of the nation and culture of Wakanda was equally appreciated.

But sadly, the world was shocked after Boseman passed away in 2020 after battling with Colon Cancer. Various legends of the MCU mourned the loss of the actor and gave tribute by sharing their own experiences with the late actor. Among these, Robert Downey Jr presented a heartfelt tribute to King T’Challa. During an interview with ABC News, the Zodiac actor shared how incredible of a human being Chadwick Boseman was.

Robert Downey Jr praised the humble attitude of the 21 Bridges actor:

“At the end of the third Avengers, the Infinity War, we all kind of lose together. And I remember it was one of those few days that all of the Avengers were together. It was just the way he walked on set and the immense success that had occurred and rightfully so with Black Panther and he was just in this kind of stratus of his own. But always, always humble, always hard working, always a smile on his face. Now, looking back, all the more I realize what an incredibly graceful human being he was.”

Further, Downey Jr also confessed that according to him, Black Panther has to be the best MCU movie made till that time. He even admitted that the movie was better than all of the other movies in the MCU including his own. At that time, the now 57-years-old actor posted a tribute to Boseman on his social media profile where he called the casting of the late actor as King T’Challa a “Game changer”. 

Robert Downey Jr Black Panther
Robert Downey Jr claimed Black Panther was better than his Iron Man movie

The void left by the Marshall actor is quite evident in the MCU even today as we watch the second installment of the movie without our most favorite Wakandan in it.

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Chadwick Boseman’s absence in Black Panther 2

The much-awaited sequel to the 2018 Ryan Coogler directorial has finally hit the theaters after a long wait. The decision by the MCU heads to not recast T’Challa and to pass over the mantle of Black Panther to someone else was appreciated by everyone as well as created hype. So how actually the movie turned out to be?

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever pays tribute to Chadwick Boseman.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever pays tribute to Chadwick Boseman

So Black Panther: Wakanda Forever had a colossal load of concluding the ongoing Phase 4 of the MCU and according to reports, they are quite successful. The movie recorded a 94% score from the audience on Rotten tomatoes. Both the critics as well as the audience praise the movie to be a perfect tribute to the late actor. But sadly, as per almost everyone, Boseman’s void was significant.

Most of the reports crowned Black Panther 2 as the much-needed comeback for the MCU. Now it is up to the audience and time to reveal if this movie also turns out to be a big commercial hit like its predecessor.

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is running in the theaters while Black Panther can be streamed on Disney+.

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Written by Subham Mandal

Subham Mandal is currently working as a writer for FandomWire with an ardent interest in the world of pop culture. Subham has written more than 400 articles on different spheres of modern pop culture and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in English based in Kolkata. He’s also an experienced student journalist having demonstrated work experience with the Times of India. He aspires to be a column writer in the future.