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Fans and Creators Worldwide Come Together to Pay Tribute to Chadwick Boseman

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The news of Chadwick Boseman’s passing at the end of last week was devastating to say the least. Boseman was one of the best actors of our generation and his death is an immense loss. Boseman had portrayed various influential African American figures during his acting career- such as Jackie Robinson in 42, James Brown in Get on Up and Thurgood Marshall in Marshall– but it was his role as the first leading black superhero in a big budget blockbuster that catapulted him to the level of pop culture icon. His role as T’Challa- king of the fictional African country Wakanda- in Marvel’s 2018 smash hit Black Panther was hugely important from a cultural perspective. There are various black superheroes out there but Black Panther was the first to really take the stage, becoming Marvel’s most successful standalone hero film. With a cast that was almost entirely black and a leading hero whose strength and skill matched Marvel legends like Captain America and Iron Man, the film finally gave black children the chance to look up onto the big screen and see themselves entirely within the characters. That is something that is easily taken for granted but it truly does make a difference to a child. I remember when I was younger and my favourite character in almost everything would be the girl due to my feeling more aligned with them. I didn’t necessarily feel a stronger connection to them as a person but I couldn’t help seeing myself in them because they were the same as me. Boseman’s portrayal of T’Challa gave children around the world the chance to have this feeling. The chance to have a true hero who looked just like them. The chance to feel like they too could one day be the hero.

Chadwick was tragically only 43 when he passed after a four year battle with colon cancer.

Boseman’s achievements were nothing short of remarkable during his tragically brief life. As well as his impressive acting career and undeniable talent, he also fought to the very end for the chance to continue his work. Diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016, Boseman kept filming whilst going through chemotherapy and having various surgeries. I am incredibly lucky in that neither I nor my loved ones have had to experience this but from chatting to those online who have suffered, it is absolutely astonishing that he was able to continue whilst going through treatment. This is especially so for T’Challa- who he portrayed in three Marvel Cinematic Universe films over the course of three years. T’Challa is a literal superhero so Boseman would have needed to be in peak physical condition to take it on. It boggles the mind as to how he did it, but he clearly had a superhuman level of determination to even try. He also kept his illness hidden from the world as well as his colleagues , bearing the burden alone so that he could continue to inspire and create.

Boseman’s role as T’Challa/ Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers Endgame made him an inspiration for black children globally.

Following his death, fans, colleagues, content creators and even companies have been producing beautiful tributes for Chadwick. From amazing artwork to moving videos and even a new inclusion of a Black Panther statue in Fortnite, the response has been poignant as we join together to mourn the man who brought one of the most important black characters in popular culture to life. Have a look below at some of the fantastic artwork and tributes that have been made to honour Boseman’s memory.  Also, check out the tribute video that Marvel released below.

Rest in Peace and In Power, Chadwick. Always Our King. Wakanda Forever.

Beautiful work from Deviantart user Jasric

Some people take my heart, others take my shoes, and some take me home. I write, I blog, I podcast, I edit, and I design websites. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Goomba Stomp and Tilt Magazine. Host of the NXpress Nintendo Podcast and the Sordid Cinema Podcast. Former Editor-In-Chief of Sound on Sight. Former host of several other podcasts including the Game of Thrones and Walking Dead shows, as well as Sound On Sight. There is nothing I like more than basketball, travelling, and animals. You can find me online writing about anime, TV, movies, games and so much more.

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