The Marvel Cinematic Universe lost a king with the passing of Chadwick Boseman, who died Friday after a private bout with colon cancer.
Boseman broke ground and barriers within the MCU as the Black Panther, the warrior mantle that has been passed down from father to son as the protector of the fictional Wakanda nation. Boseman first played the role in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, where his character T’Challa was on a mission to avenge the death of his father. However, it was 2018’s Black Panther, where his title as the king of Wakanda was challenged by the arrival of Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan). In the end, it was the Black Panther who lived and reigned supreme: conquering the box office with a record-breaking $192 million opening. As the first headlining black superhero in the MCU, Black Panther earned as Oscar nomination for Best Picture and won three for Best Original Score, Best Costume Design and Best Production Design. Sadly, Boseman wasn’t nominated for Best Actor. Still, he reprise the role in Avengers: Infinity War and last year’s Avengers: Endgame.
Boseman played real-life heroes who fought against injustice and inequality: baseball player Jackie Robinson in 2013’s 42 and Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice in 2017’s Marshall. He also portrayed James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, in 2014’s Get on Up.
Chadwick Boseman was 43 years old