‘Black Panther’ Star Chadwick Boseman Struggled With This Part of Playing the Marvel Hero
The late Chadwick Boseman delivered several noteworthy performances prior to his 2020 death. But easily the one he’ll be most remembered for is 2018’s Black Panther. The Marvel blockbuster saw Boseman play the king of the fictional African nation of Wakanda. And he took the role very seriously, even if one aspect of T’Challa left the Black Panther actor uncomfortable.
On Aug. 28, 2020, the world was shocked to learn the 43-year-old Boseman had died. In addition to news of his death came another tragic revelation. The actor had been fighting colon cancer since 2016. To put that in context, Boseman was diagnosed the same year he made his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Captain America: Civil War.
Following his death, fans, friends, and collaborators offered an outpouring of support for his widow, Taylor Simone Ledward. Everyone — including the higher-ups at Marvel Studios — was blindsided by Boseman’s medical crisis. Marvel paused development on Black Panther 2 following the news. And immediately, all eyes turned to his final film, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, which might wind up winning Boseman …
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