Sad news for the fans of the MCU: Chadwick Boseman has died of cancer at the age of 43. He played the character of T’Challa / Black Panther in the eponymous movie and in the Avengers saga. The actor was also known for playing two American legends on the big screen: Jackie Robinson, the baseball legend in Brian Helgeland‘s movie 42, and James Brown, the music legend in Tate Taylor’s Get on Up. This year, he starred in Da 5 Bloods directed by Spike Lee. Prior to this film career, Chadwick Boseman starred in Persons Unknown and Lincoln Heights.
After being diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in 2016, Chadwick Boseman continued to film and promote his films despite “countless surgeries and chemotherapy”, his family said in a statement. They added that playing King T’Challa in Black Panther was the greatest honor of his career. A role that he was to resume in a second installment planned for 2022.
Following the announcement of his death, the tributes began pouring in, especially those from his colleagues in The Avengers. Chris Evans, the actor who plays Captain America, described him as “a deeply committed and constantly curious artist”, adding that Chadwick Boseman was “special. A true original”. For his part, Mark Ruffalo, who plays the Hulk on the big screen, highlighted his immense talent and referred to him as one of the greatest of all time.