You have to cherish things in a different way when you know the clock is ticking, you are under pressure.
None of us could’ve known the pressure Chadwick Boseman put on himself. He worked through a disease that would eventually take his life. That loss has been felt throughout all communities and lives that he’s touched. With Marvel Studios’ What If…? turning its attention to T’Challa this week, it’s going to be amazing but bittersweet.
It’s truly going to be a joy to hear Boseman’s T’Challa once more. The concept of this new Star-Lord story is a fascinating one. Comparing and contrasting the stories of Peter Quill and T’Challa will be thought provoking. The magnetism of Chadwick’s voice will be like an old friend coming back one more time to say goodbye. We should all enjoy the time we get to spend once more with this unique character.
With that being said, there’s a sadness writing these words. It still feels like we’ve been robbed as fans. Chadwick Boseman, as an artist, brought a fire and attention to detail in everything he did. Bringing Black Panther and the world of Wakanda to life was more than the simple words of live-action.
Black Panther is an inspiration to those who spent their childhood identifying with those stories. The positive energy around the movie is powerful to this day. The celebration was for black culture, and Chadwick was at the forefront of that. There’s representation in theory and actual representation in practice. If you remember Black Panther’s comic debut in the Fantastic Four it was surreal to see him debut in live-action film.
Make no mistake about it there will be laughs this coming week. There will be an enjoyment of welcoming back one of our favorite characters. It’s a fresh story that will be the talk of MCU community. In addition to that, there will be an overwhelming emotion that hits a lot of us. Whatever emotion that will be, thank you Chadwick Boseman. Thank you for inspiring us, and thank you for leaving your passion and grace in all of your work. We miss your presence and will never forget you. Rest In Peace.