Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
RIP Chadwick Boseman
I am a comic book fan.
I was in the Marvel camp, and the Avengers were my crew.
The Black Panther was an Avenger, but he was not in the regular part of the line-up. He came around when the team was in trouble, he would help them get out of jam.
He was a super-soldier, like Captain America, only different he powers came from another source, something ancient, something spiritual, something magic and African. He seemed to be the equal of Captain America in nearly every way, and Chadwick Boseman personified him perfectly.
I woke to the news of Mr. Boseman’s passing and it made me really sad.
Watching the news I saw a number of tributes to him and the sadness has not passed, it sticks around because Mr. Boseman did something unique through his portrayal of the Black Panther, something he did not achieve in his portrayal of Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall and James Brown; in the persona of the Black Panther he became a living icon.
He appeared in four Marvel movies as T’Challa, first as prince then as king of the mythical African country of Wakanda. The movie, Black Panther became the first superhero movie to be nominated for best picture at the Academy Awards, it was nominated for a total of seven, and won three.
Chadwick Boseman’s portrayal of T’Challa was the reason (as far as I am concerned).
One of his co-stars referred to him as regal, and I absolutely agree. He was positively regal, he walked like a king, not like the head of some sick old dynasty, but as a leader a person of substance, confidence and compassion.
His work generated the movement hashtag Wakanda Forever, he inspired people, and he is already missed.
He was a born and raised in South Carolina, a graduate of Howard University, a husband and a hero.