‘Black Panther’ Star Chadwick Boseman To Receive Disney Legends Award

Chadwick Forever.

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Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman will posthumously receive a Disney Legend Award at the 2022 D23 Expo.

Chadwick Boseman made his debut as King T’Challa in Marvel Studios’ Captain America: Civil War in 2016. Although he was introduced in a supporting role, he had quite the sizable impact in the ensemble. This eventually led into his own standalone film, Black Panther in 2018, which became more than just another entry in the MCU, but a cultural landmark of a blockbuster that broke box office records, earned numerous Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, and turned him into a cinematic icon.

On August 28, 2020, Chadwick Boseman passed away as a result of complications related to colon cancer, which he was diagnosed at Stage III in 2016, which inevitably progressed to Stage IV sometime before 2020. He kept his illness secret to the public, with only a select few knowing about his health. Months following his passing, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige announced that there are no plans to recast King T’Challa in upcoming Black Panther movies.

An honor fit for a king.

Earlier this week, the D23 Expo announced that amongst the numerous new inductees as part of the Disney Legends Awards 35th Anniversary Ceremony that will be held on the first day of the Expo on Friday September 9, 2022, Chadwick Boseman will receive a posthumous honor. Here is what the announcement wrote about the late Black Panther star:

“Chadwick Boseman was fueled by purpose and sought to fulfill that through writing, directing, acting, and activism. His breakout performance came playing Jackie Robinson in 42, followed by his next role as James Brown in Get On Up. He then starred in the title role of Marshall, which followed a young Thurgood Marshall. Boseman joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the African Super Hero Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War before bringing the character to the forefront of his own solo film, Black Panther, which received critical acclaim, broke global box office records, and had a social and cultural impact felt globally. The film received seven Academy Award® nominations, including Marvel’s first-ever Best Picture nomination. Boseman won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture alongside the film’s ensemble. In 2019, Boseman starred in 21 Bridges. In 2020, he appeared in Da 5 Bloods, directed by Academy Award winner Spike Lee. In Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, his captivating performance as “Levee” garnered an Academy Award nomination, and he won the NAACP Image Award and the Critics Choice and Screen Actors Guild awards, among numerous others. On television, he most recently received an Emmy nomination for his work in the Disney+ animated series What If…?

Chadwick Boseman’s legacy as King T’Challa will be honored in the upcoming Marvel Studios film, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Here is the synopsis:

“In Marvel Studios’ ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,’ Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba), fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda.”

Directed by Ryan Coogler from a script he co-wrote with Joe Robert Cole, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever stars Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Tenoch Huerta, Martin Freeman, and Angela Bassett.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will hit theaters on November 11, 2022. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the upcoming MCU film, and how the legacy of Chadwick Boseman will be honored as a Disney Legend and beyond, and subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original content.

Source: D23 Expo

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