I honestly can’t believe I’m writing this post. The news of Chadwick Boseman’s death has shocked the world.
Chadwick, known to millions of superhero fans around the world as King T’Challa of Wakanda and The Black Panther, kept the fact that he was battling cancer since 2016 a secret from everyone except those closest to him.
A new generation of young black people have been inspired by his portrayal of Black Panther in that they can finally relate to a superhero who looks like them. Likewise, a generation of white children will grow up knowing that superheroes/saviours don’t need to be white.
Black Panther is my number two MCU film, but knowing that Chadwick was undergoing surgery, chemo and everything that goes with that whilst making Black Panther, Infinity War, Endgame, 21 Bridges and more makes his importance as a role model to younger generations even more amazing.
He also took time out to visit young fans who were in hospital going through similar experiences, all the while keeping his own battle private.
Chadwick also played two iconic people on screen. In 42 he portrayed Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to play Major League Baseball in the Modern Era as First Baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
In Get on Up, Chadwick played music legend James Brown and did all of his own dancing and some of the singing.
When Black Panther came out he appeared on the Jimmy Fallon show and took time to meet fans who were being recorded telling a poster of T’Challa why the film and the character were so important to them.
An inspiration to all, Chadwick Boseman will be missed not only by Marvel fans, but by many people of colour all over the world who saw themseles in him and his work.
Rest In Power Chadwick, the fight goes on but you’ve done your part and your influence will be around forever!