On Saturday morning news confirmed that Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman has passed away. The actor was only 43 years old but was suffering from colon cancer for the past four years. Boseman is best known for his role as the king T’Challa in the Black Panther film. Boseman received a lot of fan and critical acclaim for his role as Black Panther marked an iconic change of racial stereotypes of superheroes.
Boseman also paved the way for small changes such as the accent of characters in Black Panther. The hit Marvel film had a thick African accent as the story too was set in a fictional country set in Africa. In an old interview the actor spoke about his accent in the film and said, “I felt the exact opposite – like, if I speak with a British accent, what’s gonna happen when I go home? It felt to me like a dealbreaker,” he said. “I was like, ‘No, this is such an important factor that if we lose this right now, what else are we gonna throw away for the sake of making people feel comfortable?”
Marvel Studios shared a tweet marking the death of the late actor. Taking to Twitter marvel studios wrote, “Our hearts are broken and our thoughts are with Chadwick Boseman’s family. Your legacy will live on forever. Rest In Peace.” Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said in a statement, “Chadwick’s passing is absolutely devastating. He was our T’Challa, our Black Panther, and our dear friend. Each time he stepped on set, he radiated charisma and joy, and each time he appeared on screen, he created something truly indelible. He embodied a lot of amazing people in his work, and nobody was better at bringing great men to life. He was as smart and kind and powerful and strong as any person he portrayed. Now he takes his place alongside them as an icon for the ages. The Marvel Studios family deeply mourns his loss, and we are grieving tonight with his family.”