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Chadwick Boseman’s Last ‘Black Panther’ Performance in Upcoming Disney+ Original

Yes, you heard a familiar voice in that trailer. Marvel's What If...? will feature the late and legendary Chadwick Boseman's final performances as King T'Challa.

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A Public and Private Legend: Chadwick Boseman

The late Chadwick Boseman was named Entertainment Weekly’s 2020 Entertainer of the Year. Though Boseman’s life was cut short from his battle with colon cancer, he was a legend in his own right from the people and fans that supported him.

‘I first saw him on this TV show called Lincoln Heights,’ says writer Angie Thomas. ‘I remember being in awe of his talent even then, when he was not a starring character. Every time he came on screen, his presence was felt. I had a feeling I’d be seeing more of this guy.’

Throughout Boseman’s career, he portrayed well-known black male figures such as Jackie Robinson in his breakthrough role in the movie 43, Thurgood Marshall in Marshall, and James Brown in Get On Up.

Even in the fictional Marvel Cinematic Universe, he portrayed and originated the role of King T’Challa in Black Panther. Angie Thomas says that in each of his roles, ‘You could see his loving, his kindness, his gentleness, his intelligence in every role — everything that’s good about him.’

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Outside of his on-screen work, Boseman was a down to earth, humble person who could connect with people outside of the film industry. While filming Get On Up in Mississippi, he would visit small town places without being “Chadwick Boseman.” He was just another person in the crowd with the general public, which  was refreshing and genuine. This helped him to bring his characters to life through his own empathy and understanding of people. By being his authentic self, he achieved longevity without the need to ask for it.

‘I hope he’s remembered for more than Black Panther, because it would be unfair to limit him to that role. I hope he’s remembered for his passion and dedication. I hope the grace that he walked with finds its way to all of us in some form or another. I hope he’s remembered for the gift that he was.’

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Marvel Won’t use Digital Double of Chadwick Boseman for Black Panther

In the wake of Chadwick Boseman’s death, a lot of rumors have been going around about the role of Black Panther. One of the rumors circulating, is a digital double of Bozeman will continue the role, but Marvel has shot down that claim.

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Victoria Alonso, EVP of Productions at Marvel, has confirmed the news. According to Alonso, Chadwick is the only Black Panther and he isn’t with us.  In the past, Disney, has faced backlash for using CG to resurrect actors. One of actors being Peter Cushing Moff Takin in Rogue One. So, Marvel is taking time to figure out the right way to honor Boseman in this role. Filming for Black Panther 2 was supposed to begin early next year so it could be ready for a 2022 release.
So far, no delays for filming has been announced and Ryan Coogler, writer and director for the films said he had no idea Boseman was sick. His death came as a shock to everyone and fans and his co stars are still mourning the loss. Letitia Wright, who played Shuri, Black Panther’s sister, isn’t ready to film the sequel. According to Wright, she is still mourning and filming the movie without Boseman will be strange. A Black Panther sequel without him will be odd and it won’t feel complete. No one will ever be able to replace the legacy he left behind and maybe the sequel shouldn’t even be filmed, but if it does, Letitia Wright, should take center stage.
Chadwick Boseman’s life and legacy will forever remain in our hearts.
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