Chadwick Boseman shocks world


Anneliese H. '23, Writer

On Aug. 28, legendary actor Chadwick Boseman died of multiple organ failure due to colon cancer. 

Boseman’s death came as a surprise to his co-stars and fans, but comments from almost all of them appeared soon after the news emerged.

“Gonna miss you mate. Absolutely heartbreaking. One of the kindest, most genuine people I’ve met. Sending love and support to all the family,” Chris Hemsworth posted to Instagram.

Robert Downey Jr. also posted a tribute on Instagram. 

“Mr. Boseman leveled the playing field while fighting for his life…That’s heroism…I’ll remember the good times, the laughter and the way he changed the game,” Downey Jr. said.

Other people who responded include Tom Holland, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angela Bassett, Sebastian Stan and Chris Pratt, but this list just grazes the surface. Tribunal words were posted to news and social media outlets.

Co-star Elizabeth Olsen was forced to delete her Instagram profile because her lack of response to Boseman’s death caused an uproar among her fans.

“We all grieve differently and take longer than others to process death. Lizzie was closer to Chadwick so she was probably still in shock,” Elizabeth Olsen Access (@LizzieContent) said via Twitter.

The effect Boseman left on the world will be consequential. Apart from his legendary role in “Black Panther,” Chadwick also had roles in “Gods of Egypt,” “Message from the King” and “Draft Day.”

Actors who pass away while young and in their artistic prime are mourned differently because they leave a void in the contemporary landscape of their art,” drama teacher Michael Doyle Jr. said. 

As much as it feels as if Boseman was not finished, he left a menagerie of good movies behind him. 

A question has been posed by fans of “Black Panther.” Who will play the Black Panther in faze four of the “Avengers” franchise?

“Personally, I trust Marvel to pick the right person to play Black Panther,” Allison B. ‘22 said. “They are the ones who create the movies, so whoever they pick is going to fit their vision of the character.”

Another fan has a different idea

“I think for phase four they should have Black Panther’s sister Shuri become the queen of Wakanda and make a movie building off the struggles that she will face trying to prove herself worthy enough,” Lindsey H. ‘22 said.

Despite the tragedy and the cinematic consequences of Boseman’s death, his fans and co-stars will remember and share his legacy through generations.