Michael B. Jordan and Chadwick Boseman made for a legendary hero-villain duo in Black Panther, but it seems their careers were intertwined long before the flick.
The heartbreaking news of Chadwick Boseman’s death was unveiled by his family as they posted on his many social media channels on August 28th.
The statement read, “It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman.”
It also explained that the actor had been battling colon cancer for 4 years since his diagnosis in 2016.
Both on-screen and off-screen, his career was truly remarkable.
And in a serious variety of genres.
From playing James Brown in the biopic Get On Up, to the ancient Egyptian deity Thoth in Gods of Egypt.
Most recently, Boseman starred in 21 Bridges (2019) alongside Sienna Miller and Spike Lee’s Netflix film, Da 5 Bloods (2020).
Is of course as the main role in Black Panther as T’Challa / Black Panther.
Including in Captain America: Civil War (2016), Black Panther (2018), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019) and was a huge inspiration and superhero for children and adults far and wide.
Black Pather completely revolutionized the film industry.
Back in 2018, Black Panther became the talk of the town as it hit all major big-screens purely because we’d never seen anything quite like it before.
Marvel’s superhero movie brought cultural importance to the forefront of a storyline while still maintaining the classic “hero vs villain” trope.
With black talent spread across the entire cast and production, Black Panther became more than just a social talking point. It became an artistic celebration of black culture.
The genre typically upholds traditional superhero visuals, as seen with Superman, Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man, and Batman, just to name a select few…
But Black Panther saw a whole new story brought to life.
A culture that was once seen as other, brought about celebration in a way that actually brought audiences together to share their love for the genre.
In such a strong line-up of actors and actresses, we saw the fusion of old and new black actors including Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, and Letitia Wright.
And The Guardian described him as a man who helped to “[open] up people’s minds.”
And fans loved his optimism and eagerness to change the standards of Hollywood.
As the star was celebrating Major League Baseball’s Jackie Robinson Day with his fans, people flocked to social media platforms to express their concerns.
This user followed up this tweet writing, “…He looks emaciated.”
With many pointing that although Boseman was set to star in the upcoming Black Panther movie in 2022, he was also preparing for other roles in between.
Confirming his passing on August 28th, a statement written by his family read:
“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 King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”
“He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side. The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.”
Fellow Black Panther star Angela Bassett spoke of how inspiring Boseman was:
“This young man’s dedication was awe-inspiring, his smile contagious, his talent unreal… All you possessed, Chadwick, you freely gave. Rest now, sweet prince.”
Chris Evans wrote on Twitter:
“I’m absolutely devastated. This is beyond heartbreaking. Chadwick was special. A true original. He was a deeply committed and constantly curious artist. He had so much amazing work still left to create. I’m endlessly grateful for our friendship. Rest in power, King.”
“All I have to say is the tragedies amassing this year have only been made more profound by the loss of #ChadwickBoseman What a man, and what an immense talent. Brother, you were one of the all-time greats and your greatness was only beginning. Lord love ya. Rest in power, King.”
More revelations about his incredible career are coming to light.
In Black Panther, Boseman starred alongside Michael B. Jordan.
But, their careers had actually been intertwined long before.
Following his breakout role on the first season of The Wire a then sixteen-year-old Jordan joined the cast of the ABC soap opera All My Children as Reggie Porter- a young gang member who was adopted by Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) and her husband.
Who played the character for a week.
The star opened up about it during a joint interview with Jordan for an edition of The Wrap’s awards season magazine in 2019.
“It’s one of those things where you get a role, and you don’t really know,” Boseman explained.
“When I got it, I was like, ‘This is not part of my manifesto. This is not part of what I want to do. How can I make it work?’ Because with a soap opera, you don’t know the full scope of what’s gonna happen — you don’t know where they’re gonna take the character, because they don’t always know where the character is going.”
“And because of that, there’s possibly room for me to adjust this and change it and make it so it’s stereotypical on the page but not on the screen.”
“I remember going home and thinking, ‘Do I say something to them about this? Do I just do it?’ And I couldn’t just do it,” he revealed.
“I had to voice my opinions and put my stamp on it. And the good thing about it was, it changed it a little bit for [Jordan]. They said, ‘You are too much trouble,’ but they took my suggestions, or some of them. And for me, honestly, that’s what this is about.”
And ended up going on to play the character for 3 years.
“It’s hard to speak in the moment about how things we do can affect other people. But this is a pure example, right here on the spot — we ain’t never talked about this before a day in our lives — to understand how what people do now can directly affect what other people do in the future,” Jordan explained.
“And the work that we’re doing on Black Panther is hopefully doing the same thing for the next group of actors that are coming up, just like our predecessors opened up doors and made things easier for us.”
Rest in Peace, Chadwick.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family during this difficult time.