Artist Nikkolas Smith unveiled a new mural honoring “King Chad” that is currently on display at the Downtown Disney District in Anaheim.
After attending his memorial over the weekend, Nyong'o posted a social media tribute to the actor, who died Aug. 28, at age 43, after his secret, four-year battle with colon cancer.
More than a week removed from Chadwick Boseman’s death, Lupita Nyong’o has paid tribute to her late “Black Panther” co-star, saying that thinking of his passing is still a “punch to the gut every morning,” but called him “ageless” and a “quiet, powerful presence” in her short time knowing him.Nyong’o said of her on-screen love-interest Boseman, who died last month at age 43 after suffering from colon cancer for four years, that he always put in the work on set, would never complain and helped to create an ego-free environment.“His large hands would descend on my shoulders and give them a squeeze that relieved me of the tensions I did not realize I was holding. Chadwick’s hands were storng enough to carry the weight of the film and free enough to clasp mine when I needed it,” Nyong’o wrote. “I think he understood the power of words and chose to manifest power through his word. He used his mouth to build, to edify, never to break. And he used it tell some regrettably lame dad jokes.”Also Read: Watch Letitia Wright's Touching Tribute to Chadwick Boseman (Video)Nyong’o similarly praised Boseman’s ability to do his own stunts, drum at his own parties and even how he mastered martial arts. And she further celebrated his conviction to take films and champion stories that were meaningful, saying that she wanted to be better and “more purposeful” when she was around him.“He was fueled by love, not fear. He moved quietly, deliberately and without imposing himself or his ideals on others. And yet he also made damn sure that his life meant something,” she said. “We are all charged by his work as a result, by his presence in our lives. His power lives on and will reverberate for generations to come. He used his life force to tell meaningful stories. And now we tell his.”Check out Nyong’o’s full post from Tuesday on Twitter below and here.For the beloved ChadwickBoseman. TakeYourTimeButDontWasteYourTime pic.twitter.com/PZ6opeoYUl— Lupita Nyong'o (@Lupita_Nyongo) September 8, 2020Read original story Lupita Nyong’o Calls Chadwick Boseman ‘Ageless’ and a ‘Powerful Presence’ in Tribute At TheWrap
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Chadwick Boseman cannot be replaced, but the Black Panther must live on. Wakanda Forever.Once the initial shock of Boseman’s death passed, the conversation among fans and admirers inevitably turned to the question of what happens next for his most famous role — King T’Challa in “Black Panther.”As Black Panther, Boseman, who died Friday at age 43 after a 4-year battle with colon cancer, not only led an enormous hit film franchise, he also became an icon of Black culture in America in the process. Suffice to say, this has sparked an often intense debate about how Marvel Studios and Disney should proceed, both with the franchise itself, and the lead character who has become synonymous with his actor.Also Read: ABC Scores 6 Million Viewers With Commercial-Free 'Black Panther' Airing in Honor of Chadwick Boseman“Black Panther 2” was intended to be a major part of Marvel’s Phase Four, which also includes “Eternals,” “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” and “Captain Marvel 2,” and it’s still slated for release on May 6, 2022, a release date that has remained firm even during the coronavirus pandemic. Disney did not respond to a request for comment.But filming has not yet started on the film, and director Ryan Coogler said in his tribute to Boseman that he was still in the script phase, having “spent the last year preparing, imagining and writing words for him to say.”Here’s a look at some of the options Disney will no doubt consider.1\. Recast the role King T’Challa with another actor. By all accounts, this is a non-starter and would lead to a fan revolt. Fans have been adamant that Boseman’s role as King T’Challa should not be recast and that his panther claws could pass on to another, even as others on the web have criticized them for discussing the franchise’s intellectual property too soon after his death.Marvel in the past has not been shy about recasting major roles between films, be it Edward Norton with Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk or Terrence Howard with Don Cheadle as War Machine. But the circumstances of those re-castings were nothing like this and as Boseman’s portrayal of the character meant so much to so many people, it’s hard to picture anyone else playing the part.Plus, as many fans have noted, Boseman was integral to the character of T’Challa, something director Ryan Coogler talked about at length in a tribute he posted Saturday. Among other things, Coolger said a big part of why he took the job directing “Black Panther” was because of how Boseman and actor John Kani advocated for their characters to speak in traditional Xhosa and with an African accent. And there’s no question Boseman’s influence (who also worked in Hollywood as a screenwriter and producer) would’ve been enormous on the creative direction of the sequel.Also Read: 'Black Panther' Director Ryan Coogler Honors Chadwick Boseman: 'I Haven't Grieved a Loss This Acute Before'“We would often speak about heritage and what it means to be African. When preparing for the film, he would ponder every decision, every choice, not just for how it would reflect on himself, but how those choices could reverberate. I haven’t grieved a loss this acute before,” Coogler said in part. “It leaves me broken knowing that I won’t be able to watch another close-up of him in the monitor again or walk up to him and ask for another take.”Coogler also noted that one of the film’s most iconic moments — when a dying Killmonger tells T’Challa “Bury me in the ocean with my ancestors who jumped from the ships, because they knew death was better than bondage.” — also sprang from a suggestion Boseman made.It’s also possible, though extremely unlikely, Coogler and Disney decide there is no continuing the “Black Panther” franchise in any way without Boseman involved. And besides, no one wants to see the “Black Panther” series gone by any means. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.2\. Pass the Black Panther mantle to another character.With recasting likely off the table, Letitia Wright’s character Shuri has become a popular name among many fans for who should become the next Black Panther. Shuri’s ascension to the throne even has some precedent in the comic books. Shuri, T’Challa’s sister, first took up the mantle in the first issue of the “Dark Reign” era of the “Black Panther” series from 2008. As Marvel explains, after T’Challa was brutally attacked by Doctor Doom, Queen Orono took over leadership of Wakanda and designated Shuri with the powers of the Black Panther.“Black Panther isn’t just a character. It’s an ideal. This role needs to live on so that black people, children in particular, can see themselves as powerful. So many of our dreams die. We can’t let a black superhero be one of them,” The Atlantic contributor Jemele Hill wrote in a tweet Saturday. “‘Black Panther’ was too necessary to the culture. We knew it was important, which is why we celebrated it the way we did. That celebration shouldn’t stop. And I don’t think Chadwick would want it to. The best way to honor his legacy is for it to continue.”Also Read: Danai Gurira Pays Touching Tribute to Chadwick Boseman: 'How Do You Honor a King?'3\. Use CGI or archived footage to accomplish either 1 or 2The only situation that even comes close to this is Carrie Fisher, who died before filming her role in “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” and Paul Walker and the “Fast and the Furious” franchise. For Fisher, director J.J. Abrams used footage from “The Force Awakens” to include her in the final of the film of the trilogy. For “Furious 7,” Walker’s brothers Caleb and Cody were used as stand-ins and Walker’s face was superimposed in.There is no way to know if any archival footage exists and if the fans feel this strongly about re-casting the role, the idea of editing in old footage to a new movie won’t go over well either.Of course, there’s also a possibility that we haven’t heard the last of Boseman’s T’Challa, as there’s a Marvel animated series that’s meant to arrive on Disney+ next year called “What If…” That series exists outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and imagines alternate scenarios and universes that would go against the stories we’ve come to know from the movies, and it’s expected that some of the actors who made those roles iconic would still return for the animated series. Representatives for Disney and Disney+ did not respond to a request for comment on whether Boseman had already recorded a voice role for the series.While it’s still too early to say anything with confidence, Marvel boss Kevin Feige hinted in his own statement that Boseman can’t so easily be replaced.“Chadwick’s passing is absolutely devastating. He was our T’Challa, our Black Panther, and our dear friend,” Feige said in his statement about Boseman’s passing. “Each time he stepped on set, he radiated charisma and joy, and each time he appeared on screen, he created something truly indelible. He embodied a lot of amazing people in his work, and nobody was better at bringing great men to life. He was as smart and kind and powerful and strong as any person he portrayed. Now he takes his place alongside them as an icon for the ages. The Marvel Studios family deeply mourns his loss, and we are grieving tonight with his family.”Brian Welk contributed to this report.Read original story The Future of ‘Black Panther': What Can Disney Do to Continue the Franchise At TheWrap
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Director Ryan Coogler released an emotional tribute in honor of Chadwick Boseman, the "Black Panther" star who died on Friday after a four-year battle with colon cancer. In a lengthy statement made Sunday morning, Coogler mourned the loss of someone he calls "a special person" who has left an "incredible mark." Boseman had never spoken […]
The tweet from Chadwick Boseman’s account announcing his death on Friday became the most liked tweet of all time, Twitter announced.“Most liked Tweet ever. A tribute fit for a King. WakandaForever,” said the notice from the official Twitter account on Saturday afternoon. Boseman’s verified account tweeted out a family statement confirming his death and revealing he was diagnosed with Stage III colon cancer in 2016, then battled the disease over the last four years as it advanced to Stage IV.pic.twitter.com/aZ2JzDf5ai— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) August 29, 2020Also Read: Barack Obama Makes Twitter History With Charlottesville Response“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,” the statement read. “From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more — all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”At press time Saturday afternoon, the tweet from Boseman’s account had 5.6 million likes. The previous record-holder was a tweet from former president Barack Obama, which currently has 4.3 million likes."No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…" pic.twitter.com/InZ58zkoAm— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 13, 2017Obama set the record in 2017 with a tweet about the violence at white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia. The tweet features a photo of the former president peering into a window, face-to-face with some children of varying races. The photo was taken in 2011 when he was visiting his daughter Sasha’s school in Bethesda, Maryland.“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…” the tweet read, quoting a famous creed from Nelson Mandela.Read original story Chadwick Boseman Tweet Announcing His Death Is Most Liked Tweet Ever At TheWrap
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