Yesterday, Marvel Universe gave tribunes to Chadwick Boseman for his contribution as the Black Panther.
Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War (2016) was the first movie that Marvel Cinematic Universe stared Chadwick Boseman for, and since then the actor has become an important part of Marvel Universe before passing away because of colon cancer. The former actor was officially 44 year-old if he is still living, and in order to give tribunes for what he did, Marvel Universe changed their entrance video for Black Panther movie playing on Disney +.
During his four years fighting against cancer, Chadwick Boseman tried to hide his real situation to the Marvel Universe. The director of the famous American movie producer did not know about his cancer struggle of Boseman until this year August. Sadly, after recognizing the fact, Boseaman passed away in the same month. Perhaps, it is the similarity between him and his character on the screen, Black Panther.
“I am a keeper of secrets and character T’Challa is definitely a keeper of secret”, Boseman confessed when being asked by his fan about something in common with his character.
“That would be the one thing I’m going to say because everything else you don’t need to know.” The South Carolina-born actor always kept his possibility during the “Ask Marvel” video without any trace showing that he was in trouble of his illness. Unfortunately, the diagnosis of stage III colon cancer came to the superstar when he was on his most prospective career path.
His cancer disease was revealed by Boseman himself when he posted it on his Twitter and Instagram accounts at 10:11 p.m on August. 28th , 2020. “It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman,” his agent wrote on the tweet. “Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV,”
The superstar had passed away at his house in Los Angeles and was surrounded by his loved wife and family. Until the end of the life, he kept immersing himself in filming without being let down by the diagnosis or stuck in by the hospital treatments.
Ironically, it turned out the fact that hospital patient was one of his roles that he starred during his career.
“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,” the statement continued. “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.”
He was struggling to balance his filming activities and disease treatment when suffering from a painful diagnosis. “He was really in hard-core pain,” Greene said of Boseman’s time on the set of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. But he didn’t let that hold him back because he “felt that being able to be with [producer] Denzel [Washington] and to launch this cycle of August Wilson at Netflix was so exciting to him.”
After shooting constantly in Thailand for Da 5 Bloods, Boseman continued to head to reshoots for 21 Bridges, and then went to upstate New York to support Henderson who was progressing his movie G.O.D. Henderson reminded himself the way Boseman helped him.
“He was tired, but he came to Buffalo, where I shot my movie, and stayed for days with me, just to talk through stuff with me, just to be a good brother,” Henderson remembered. “He didn’t have to do that, he could have gone home and just rested. For me, that was just something that I’ll never forget.”
Every word that he spoke expressed the admiration to his late friend.
“Some people wait a lifetime to get the opportunity that he had and Chad had so much wisdom, so much knowledge, so much inside of him that he wasn’t going to let this disease stop him from telling these amazing stories and showing his art in the prime of his life,” he added.
Despite the diagnosis in 2016, he still decided to film more three Marvel movies that gained him a good reputation. The former star of Marvel played in Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War in 2018, and Avengers: Endgame in 2019. “Black Panther” was called “defining moment for Black American” by New York Times thanks to his superhero role in this movie.
“To be young, gifted and Black, we all know what it’s like to be told that there is not a place for you to be featured. Yet, you are young, gifted and Black. We know what it’s like to be told to say there is not a screen for you to be featured on, a stage for you to be featured on,” said Boseman on his speech at the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance By a Cast in a Motion Picture.
“We know what it’s like to be a tail and not the head,” he continued. “We know what it’s like to be beneath and not above. And that is what we went to work with every day because we knew, not that we would be around during awards season and that it would make a billion dollars, but we knew that we had something special that we wanted to give the world. That we could be full human beings in the roles that we were playing. That we could create a world that exemplified a world that we wanted to see.”