On the 28th of August, the world lost the first-ever black Marvel superhero, Chadwick Boseman. Boseman succumbed to colon cancer, which he battled for four years. He, however, managed to keep the cancer a secret while pushing forward his acting career.
Who was Chadwick Boseman?
He was an American actor born in South Carolina. Besides being an actor, Boseman was an activist for the elimination of racial discrimination in the United States. He did a lot of work to support the black community in the US and was an active supporter of the "Black Lives Matter" Movement on his social media platforms.
His Life as An Actor.
Boseman starred as James Brown in "Get on Up" and Jackie Robinson in "42". He played the first-ever black superhero role in the Avenger series and Captain America. His most prominent role was T'Challa in Black Panther. T'Challa was the king and protector of the fictional African nation "Wakanda." He possessed enhanced abilities and fighting techniques, which were powered by a traditional concoction that he took daily. He also relied on advanced Wakandan technology to protect his kingdom. Black Panther was a celebration of African culture and showed the significance of the black community in the world. It also brought out the concept of Afrofuturism, which explores the intersection between African culture and technology. Most recently, Boseman appeared in Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods movie on Netflix. He acted as a US soldier who fought and died in Vietnam. He was also scheduled to play the black panther role in Black Panther 2.
Remarks from His Family
His family was quoted saying “A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and several more-all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. It was the honor of his career to bring T'Challa to life in Black Panther." The world has lost a hero, but Wakanda will forever live within us!