Chadwick Boseman’s Final Marvel Appearance “Elevates” Entire Series

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T'Challa/Star-Lord in Marvel's "What If...?"

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In episode two of Marvel’s What If…? on Disney+, the late actor Chadwick Boseman stole the show. Marvel will feature Boseman in multiple episodes as his last official appearance as King T’Challa, but it’s no easy task honoring the Black Panther (2018) legend and looking forward to the future.

T'Challa Being Star-Lord in "What If...?"
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The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is exploding with new adventures and possibilities as the animated, original series What If…? explores the multiverse within the Marvel Universe.

Featuring the stories of Captain America, Black Panther, Iron Man, Black Widow, and beyond, What If…? serves as the kaleidoscope to what would happen if classic Marvel Comics stories were rewritten.

Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman)
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Taking the stage in episode two, What If…? looks into the possibilities of T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) taking the place of Peter Quill as Star-Lord.

Award-winning actor Chadwick Boseman became a household name after starring as the titular character in Black Panther (2018). Revolutionizing Marvel characters and stealing the show in Captain America: Civil War (2016), Boseman went on to appear in Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019).

Unfortunately, Chadwick Boseman passed away in 2020 due to a secret four-year-long battle with colon cancer.

T'Challa as Star-Lord in Marvel's "What If...?"
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Marvel fans, cast, and executives were at a loss without their king. While it’s no easy task respecting Boseman’s legacy by furthering the Black Panther character in upcoming projects, including Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022), Marvel’s What If…? is a homecoming for Boseman.

What If…? executive producer Brad Winderbaum tells D23:

“He was so gracious. We were so fortunate to have him record for the series. He reprises his role as T’Challa in at least four episodes, in different versions of the character reimagined because of the different states of the universe. We had no idea at the time, when he was recording with us, that this would be his final performance as the character. It is such an honor to have had him record, to have his presence in the show. His performance has the same depth and the same impact that it does in live action; he elevates the material in an incredible way. We’re so humbled.”

Marvel's What If...?
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Marvel fans celebrate Boseman’s life with the latest episode of What If…? Thanking Marvel for their respect for Chadwick’s career and appreciating the actor’s amazing talents, and fans are uniting over T’Challa.

One fan, Jack on Twitter, shared:

Episode 2 of #WhatIf is easily one of my favorite things Marvel has ever made. T’Challa as Star Lord is such a fun & interesting twist that gives us a fresh & interesting story & the animation is top tier! I got so emotional hearing Chadwick’s voice again he’s perfect as T’Challa.

Here’s an official synopsis of T’Challa’s What If…? episode from D23:

In Wednesday’s episode of What If…?, T’Challa, the young prince of Wakanda, is accidentally abducted by Yondu (voiced by Michael Rooker) and becomes a Ravager. Known as Star-Lord throughout the galaxy, his reputation precedes him… which comes in handy when he crosses paths with the likes of Thanos (voiced by Josh Brolin), Nebula (voiced by Karen Gillan), and Korath the Pursuer (voiced by Djimon Hounsou), to name just a few.

T'Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) in "Black Panther" (2018)
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Chadwick Boseman will appear in four episodes total, making What If…? the actor’s last performance of T’Challa/Black Panther.

Don’t miss an episode of Marvel’s latest original series. New What If…? episodes come out each Wednesday on Disney+.

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