Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman tragically died at 43 after a lengthy battle with colon cancer, his team confirmed with a heartbreaking statement on Aug. 28.
The statement reads;
“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman. But It was the honor of his life to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”
Chadwick previously diagnoses with stage III colon cancer in 2016. And battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV. Boseman worked on a number of films and TV shows over the last two decades. That list includes 42 where he played iconic baseball player Jackie Robinson, James Brown in Get on Up, and Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods.
But we all know that he was best known for his role as Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Chadwick Boseman first took on the role of T’Challa in Marvel’s 2016 film, Captain America: Civil War. After which his own Black Panther film released in 2018. And today we talk about the iconic Black Panther movie for paying our tribute to Boseman.
So the following is a collection of 10 interesting facts about Black Panther that might change the way you look at this mega movie.
1. Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ made a whopping $500 million worldwide in its first week in theaters.
2. Actor Wesley Snipes first tries to get a Black Panther movie in 1992. However, despite having a completed script, the project never made it past the development phase.
3. Chadwick Boseman was the first and only person considered for the role of King T’Challa.
4. The movie was filmed in Georgia, Busan, Atlanta, and South Korea. Whereas the aerial shots of Wakanda are from Uganda, South Africa, Zambia, and even Argentina.
5. Lesotho, a landlocked country within South Africa, became the inspiration for Wakanda after Coogler visited while prepping for the film.
6. The unique color of each character’s costume helps establish the character’s identity and pays homage to the vibrantly colored comic books. So T’Challa is purple, Okoye is red, and Nakia is green.
7. As per Forbes, by March 2018, this movie had become the 12th highest-grossing movie of all time and the highest-grossing movie of all time directed by a Black director (Ryan Coogler).
8. Director Ryan Coogler inspires by the villain/hero dynamic of Batman and The Joker. So he wants some moments where the audience would actually believe the hero might not win.
9. Boseman had done training in martial arts and brought a lot of his prior knowledge to the fighting style of T’Challa/Black Panther.
10. Black Panther was one of the first mainstream, big-budget superhero films to have a majority Black cast. Boseman was set to reprise his role as King T’Challa in the movie’s sequel, due out in 2022.
Tributes to The Black Panther;
Celebrities and fans of Boseman tweeted out their own tributes to the actor, sharing memories of their time together; here are some,
Our hearts are broken and our thoughts are with Chadwick Boseman’s family. Your legacy will live on forever. Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/DyibBLoBxz
— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) August 29, 2020
— Don Cheadle (@DonCheadle) August 29, 2020
— Brie Larson (@brielarson) August 29, 2020
I’m absolutely devastated. This is beyond heartbreaking.
Chadwick was special. A true original. He was a deeply committed and constantly curious artist. He had so much amazing work still left to create. I’m endlessly grateful for our friendship. Rest in power, King💙 pic.twitter.com/oBERXlw66Z
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) August 29, 2020
All I have to say is the tragedies amassing this year have only been made more profound by the loss of #ChadwickBoseman. What a man, and what an immense talent. Brother, you were one of the all time greats and your greatness was only beginning. Lord love ya. Rest in power, King.
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) August 29, 2020
THANK YOU @chadwickboseman for all you gave us. We needed it & will always cherish it! A talented & giving artist & brother who will be sorely missed🙏🏿 RIP
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) August 29, 2020
Heartbroken. My friend and fellow Bison Chadwick Boseman was brilliant, kind, learned, and humble. He left too early but his life made a difference. Sending my sincere condolences to his family. pic.twitter.com/C5xGkUi9oZ
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 29, 2020