By Vaishnavi Warrier
“In my culture, death is not the end” said King T’Challa after the death of his father, King T’Chaka. Chadwick Boseman has been notably known for his iconic roles in films like Black Panther, 42, Get on Up, 21 Bridges and so on. Boseman was diagnosed with stage three colon cancer in 2016, gradually leading to stage four. He breathed his last on 28th August, with his family and wife by his side. Chadwick never spoke about his diagnosis publicly- who knew he was battling a deadly disease all alone, while working in power for several productions?
The Marvel film Black Panther is known for the characters it brings out. It embraces and represents the beliefs, the power and the glory of the African Tribes in mainstream cinema. Making a superhero movie is great; a wide audience would go crazy to see such films; but it is giving meaning to it, giving an influential story, that truly makes it stand out- this movie is something that the people can connect to not only through their choice of films, but with a feeling of intense vigour and representation, within. “We knew we had something special that we wanted to give the world,” Boseman said, during his acceptance speech for outstanding performance in the film, at the Screen Actors Guild Awards- more than working on the film as a superhero, Chadwick says that he wants to see what it does for the good of the people; he wants to make an impact. From the life he lived, to the remarkable film characters he chose to play, it makes us believe that Chadwick Boseman was more than a film superhero. He was a person everybody could look up to.
“To be young, gifted and Black; to use that power to give them heroes to look up to; to do it all while in pain- what a use of all his years,” said the former first lady Michelle Obama in response to his death. His death led to a flooding of messages and tributes to him all over social media, including an emotionally charged video made by Marvel itself, making it clear how much of an influential legacy he created, something that will be eternal, and forever in our hearts.