On the 29th of August, Chadwick Bosman’s family announced he had passed away. Chadwick sadly was facing a silent battle with cancer for four years before his death. During this time, he changed the world of film for the black community forever. His performance in Marvel’s Black Panther will be remembered for generations. Let’s take a look back as to why the film was so iconic.
Firstly, Chadwick Boseman portrayed King T’Challa, the first major black superhero we’ve ever seen. He is the reason that black kids can grow up being able to identify with a superhero. If you are white, being able to identify with characters in mass media probably doesn’t even cross your mind. However, for the black community to have a strong lead character to look up to, will always be remembered.
This film was also the first dominantly black cast blockbuster movie. There were only two major white characters in the whole movie, one of them being a villain. Stereotypical representations were completely broken in this film – it made Africa look strong and powerful for the first time, instead of representations of Africa we’re used to seeing.
Black Panther grossed $1.334 billion in box office making it the 12th highest grossing film of all time. It’s the most successful individual Marvel movie (behind the Avenger movies).
Chadwick Boseman’s performance will always forever be iconic and completely changed the film industry for black actors.