There Was No One Like Boseman
The actor, who died on August 28 2020, built a brilliant career and achieved a global popularity with his 2018 release Black Panther where he played the most loved character of his film career Black Panther the super hero.
Boseman had never spoken publicly about his health issues. He was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016 which got worse in early 2020.His spirit was such that his treatment which included multiple surgeries and chemotherapy couldn’t stop him from showering his love towards the fine craft of cinema, he continued to work which includes training as well and completed production for several films, including Marshall, Da 5 Bloods, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and others. Boseman died at his home with his wife and family by his side.
This African-American actor got his first television role in 2003, in an episode of Third Watch which was Boseman debut as an actor, though he wasn’t the part of the main cast but still his work didn’t go unnoticed and in the same year he was casted in soap opera All My Children as Reggie Montgomery. Later he was replaced by Michael B. Jordan as he protested against the racist stereotypes in the script, his boldness didn’t go too well with the makers.
Our beloved super hero the Black Panther (Boseman) was also fond of writing, during school days he wrote and staged a play called crossroads. He continued to write plays along with his acting career, with his script for Deep Azure performed at the Congo Square Theatre Company in Chicago which was nominated for award too.
It was the year 2008 when Boseman got his first role in a feature film The Express: The Ernie Davis Story. Then in 2013 the film 42 happened, which marked him as a leading actor in the Hollywood industry where he played the character of a baseball star Jackie Robinson. After the success of 42
Boseman didn’t look back, his hand was full of projects with Draft Day, Get on Up, Gods of Egypt.
He began portraying the Marvel Comics character T’Challa / Black Panther in 2016, with Captain America: Civil War being his first film in a five-picture deal with Marvel. He headlined Black Panther in 2018, which focused on the character and his home country of Wakanda in Africa. The film opened to great anticipation, becoming one of the highest-grossing films of the year in the United States. He reprised the role in both Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, which were released in 2018 and 2019, respectively. Both films were the highest grossing of the year they were released, with Endgame going on to become the highest-grossing film of all time. Also in 2019, he starred in 21 Bridges, an American action thriller film directed by Brian Kirk, as an NYPD detective who shuts down the eponymous 21 bridges of Manhattan to find two suspected cop killers.
He added one more feather to his cap in 2019 with the announcement of getting casted in the Netflix war drama film Da 5 Bloods, directed by Spike Lee. The film was released on June 12, 2020. Lee, in choosing Boseman for the divine-like character of “Stormin” Norman, said, “This character is heroic; he’s a superhero. Who do we cast? We cast Jackie Robinson, James Brown, Thurgood Marshall, and we cast T’Challa.
Many fellow actors and other celebrities paid tribute to Boseman via social media following the announcement of his death, including a number of his Marvel Cinematic Universe co-stars. Marvel Studios president and CCO Kevin Feige called Boseman’s death “absolutely devastating”, writing: “Each time he stepped on set, he radiated charisma and joy, and each time he appeared on screen, he created something truly indelible. Now he takes his place as an icon for the ages”. Co-stars from Boseman’s other films also paid tribute to him.
This was the last tweet the world received from the superhero’s tweeter handle.
Chadwick Boseman was a personality people will remember for years. You will be missed and will always remain in our heart superhero.