The Death of Chadwick Boseman took the entire world by surprise. The 43-year-old was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer and after a four-year struggle, Chadwick Boseman passed away on August 28th. With the entire world grieving and in shock over the tragic loss of one of the most famous actors in Hollywood, Disney took the opportunity to honor the late Chadwick Boseman by announcing a special commercial-free airing of the “Black Panther” movie, followed by a news special which would cover the illustrious career and achievements of Chadwick Boseman.
The Special will be aired on the Disney-owned ABC network and will honor Boseman’s stunning career by presenting his personal life story, his struggles, and an ad-free airing of Boseman’s most successful and famous film, Black Panther. “The news special will celebrate Chadwick Boseman’s storied life, legacy, and career, and the cultural imprint he made on and off the screen. It will feature tributes that have poured in from celebrities, political figures, and fans all across the world, special words from those who starred alongside him and knew Chadwick Boseman best, and shine some light on the medical condition he privately battled,” said ABC News in a recent statement.
Although Chadwick Boseman had a short career, he enacted some of the most memorable performances in cinema history. From the role of the legendary Brooklyn Dodger, Jackie Robinson in the film 42, to James Brown in Get On Up. However, out of all of his performances, the role he played as King T’Challa in the Marvel movies was the pinnacle of his career. Chadwick appeared in 4 Marvel films including Black Panther, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: End Game.
Black Panther was a historic film, not only because it was the first blockbuster movie to star an African-American Superhero, but also because of the stunning performance set down by Chadwick Boseman as King T’Challa and the rest of the crew, most of which were also African-Americans.
Black Panther was a huge success in the film industry and upon its release in February 2018, it grossed more than $1.3 billion worldwide, ranking it among the most popular superhero films of all time. Black Panther would go on to receive several nominations at the 91st academy awards and became the first Marvel film to win an academy award. The nominations included Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Picture, Best Original Song, Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing.