It’s been three years since Chadwick Boseman left a big wound among Marvel fans and the entertainment world, with his shocking death on August 28, 2020. He is one of the celebrities we miss the most, as he was not only talented, he also stood out for his charisma and good humor. However, the actor would have warned us that he was going to die long before it happened.
Chadwick Boseman Warned Us About His Death
There is a video from 2019, in which the protagonist of Black Panther appears to give a brief interview to Access to talk about his participation in the film New York Without Exit. There, he talked about Avengers: Endgame and his future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The actor commented on how difficult it was for him to be part of the cast of New York With No Exit, a feature film in which he gave life to a disgraced NYPD detective who is allowed to redeem himself in a case that could threaten his life. “It was a lot of fun to work on this, particularly with the cast we had and the production team. It will be a good experience for the audience,” he said.
Boseman said he was fortunate to get a lot of support from the real NYPD, with whom he worked closely to better understand their motivations, how they work, and how they respond to crime, to make their work as honest and credible as possible.
But then the subject of Avengers: Endgame came up in the conversation. Suddenly, his countenance changed a bit, and he became more serious with the reporter as if he wanted to dodge the topic as much as possible. “I don’t know if you know this, but you even broke the internet this morning with another movie, ‘Avengers Endgame’ (…) People are too ready to see this movie, buying tickets, it’s crazy. How does it feel to know that they love this movie so much?” the anchorwoman asked him.
“It’s great, but I’m dead,” the actor replied. And that was practically his only answer to everything that was questioned about his character and his participation in the film, something that at the time many understood as a cop-out mechanism because Marvel actors are made to sign privacy contracts not to touch topics about it before the release of one of their movies.
However, what caught the public’s attention over the years is that Boseman didn’t say something like “I can’t talk about it” or “no comment,” as other stars are wont to do, but instead literally said “I’m dead” and repeated it more than once. “We’re not ready for you to die, Chad. What about Black Panther 2?” the reporter continued to ask.
“I’m dead. I’m dead,” the actor kept saying. Chadwick never mentioned to anyone at work that he had been dealing for years with colorectal cancer that ultimately ended his life, a situation that only his wife and a few close family members knew well.
It is said that Boseman had already signed with Marvel that he would be part of the Black Panther sequel some time ago, although it is also speculated that Disney already knew about his situation and had decided to respect his decision not to say anything to the public until his end came.
As we well know, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the sequel to Black Panther, starred actress Letitia Wright in the role of Shuri, the younger sister of Boseman’s character, T’Challa, and who inherited the mantle of the Black Panther after a confrontation with a new enemy and future ally: Namor (Tenoch Huerta).
This story was written in Spanish by Alejandro Vizzuet in Cultura Colectiva