Emotional new MCU fan art sees Chadwick Baseman’s T’Challa join Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man and Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow in the afterlife.
Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa joins Iron Man and Black Widow in the afterlife in a harrowing new piece of MCU fan art. After its introduction into Captain America: Civil War in 2016, Boseman’s hero would star in his own solo film, Black Panther. The character would then play an important role in both Avengers: infinity war Y Avengers Endgame, but Boseman tragically passed away in 2020 after a battle with cancer. The newly released Black Panther: Wakanda Forever he chooses not to cast T’Challa again, instead watching the character die in-universe with someone new taking up the mantle of Black Panther in his place.
In an emotional new piece of MCU fan art from the artist Rachel Hoo (@raychelwho) on Instagram, T’Challa is depicted joining Iron Man by Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow in the afterlife, with the latter two characters dying during the events of Avengers Endgame. The art features Tony Stark eating a cheeseburger, a callback to the first Iron Man movie, and the first avengers The leader refers to T’Challa as “Bagheera”, the black panther character from The jungle book. Check out the heartbreaking fan art below:
How the MCU will carry on T’Challa’s legacy
By choosing not to play T’Challa again after Boseman’s death, the MCU is essentially stating that its version of the character will live on, in a sense. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever it’s mostly about Shuri (Letitia Wright), Ramonda (Angela Bassett), and others coming to terms with T’Challa’s death and talking about how important he was as a character. While some fans evidently wanted T’Challa to be recast in Black Panther: Wakanda ForeverMarvel Studios president Kevin Feige, director Ryan Coogler, and even stars like Winston Duke feel that not reprising the late actor is a way of honoring him and respectfully putting their version of the character to rest.
When major characters die in the MCU, future movies tend to carry on their legacy in interesting ways. Iron Man’s sacrifice in Avengers Endgamefor example, it has a profound impact on the young Peter Parker (Tom Holland), which is explored in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Stark continues to be referenced within the MCU as well, including recently in an early episode of She-Hulk: Lawyer. After Black Widow’s death, the hero’s prequel movie served to pass the torch, in a way, from Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff to Yelena Belova by Florence Pugh. Yelena hasn’t quite turned into the new Black Widow yet, but it’s possible that her next role in Ray it will see her dealing with her sister’s legacy in some way.
A new hero has now taken up the mantle of Black Panther, but T’Challa’s impact on what it means to be the Wakandan hero will live on and likely continue to affect MCU characters well into the future. While Boseman’s loss was a devastating blow to his co-stars and his fans around the world, Marvel is evidently committed to treating both actor and character with the utmost reverence. With the MCUThe treatment of both Iron Man and Black Widow serving as strong demonstrations of the franchise’s respect for dead characters, T’Challa’s legacy appears to be in very good hands.
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