Chadwick Boseman Was Behind One Of Black Panther's Most Iconic Lines

Director Ryan Coogler's tribute to the late actor reveals how much Boseman contributed to the Marvel universe beyond just his acting.

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Black Panther director Ryan Coogler has written a tribute to his friend Chadwick Boseman, who passed away last Friday after a private battle with cancer. In a statement posted on Marvel.com, Coogler reminisces on his work with Boseman, and how the T'Challa actor brought so much to the film above and beyond what would be expected.

In particular, Coogler reveals that one of the film's most striking lines was suggested by Boseman--not for his own character, but for Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger. "In early drafts of the script, [Erik] Killmonger’s character would ask T’Challa to be buried in Wakanda," Coogler explained. "Chad challenged that and asked, ‘What if Killmonger asked to be buried somewhere else?'" In the finished film, Killmonger says "just bury me in the ocean with my ancestors who jumped from ships, ’cause they knew death was better than bondage."

Throughout the whole process, Boseman put a lot of thought and effort into the film, not just for what it was, but for what it would come to represent. "We would often speak about heritage and what it means to be African," Coogler said. "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."

"We talked costumes, military practices," Coogler added. "He said to me, 'Wakandans have to dance during the coronations. If they just stand there with spears, what separates them from Romans?'"

Every step of the way, Boseman put the time in--including on Captain America: Civil War, before Coogler even came on the scene. Boseman even turned up for auditions for the film's supporting roles, something Coogler reveals is "not common for lead actors in big budget movies."

Tributes to Chadwick Boseman have flooded in since his sudden passing last week, including by his Black Panther co-star Michael B. Jordan, the developers of Marvel's Avengers, and even Fortnite players have gathered to remember him.

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Everyone’s going crazy over his death... never even heard of him. I guess it’s cause BLM is in all the media right nowZ

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That was one of my favorite lines in the movie.

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Sorry to hear he passed so soon but that was just a terrible movie with poor effects and a weak story. The acting was passable but nothing to write home about but there wasn't much they could do with such a messy script. Even the introduction of the Lexus LC500 was poorly utilised. Had it not been deliberately pushed as far just to fit a certain agenda it never would have got anything but a mediocre reception.

Oh and the whole reason the film was promoted so heavily to help the African people suffering? . They got zero as per usual.

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@deviltaz35: Uh yeah it was trying to use the platform to say something of value, other than cheesy one liners as you punch the bad guy in leather. It was a great movie, much better than the typical superhero drivel that the MCU was putting out.

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Boseman would have been an amazing influence on Hollywood.

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@EvilTyger: How? He was a competent actor but nothing beyond that. This is what they do now though. They keep forgettable movies in people's minds whatever way they can even at the expense of a dead actor.

Plus there is no way the director did not know he was seriously ill as they would have had to do scheduling around when he was too sick or tired.

This is just a snob job for publicity at his expense and nothing more.

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@deviltaz35: I couldn't agree more. Although I did like the movie, but I can't stand movies that have to push that black people suffering narrative. I would say it gets old and movies could do with out it. A big reason why I won't usually watch Spike Lee movies, feel like the guy is a racist.

Aside from that, he passed away...does that mean a statue should be put up for him...he's no different than you and I, with the exception of fame and money.

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Mad respect to the man...

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