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Chadwick Boseman Wins Posthumous Emmy Award for “What If”

By Rishabh Shandilya
September 4,2022

An Emmy has been awarded posthumously to the Black Panther alum Chadwick Boseman for his role in Marvel’s animated series What If...? after the legendary and down-to-earth actor passed away a little over two years ago. The Disney+ show was based on the Marvel comic book with the same name and dealt with other universes in which well-known superheroes were portrayed by fresh actors and new dangers, such as zombies, were introduced to the planet.

Peggy Carter’s appearance as the first supersoldier, deviating from Steve Roger’s Captain America, and Ultron’s instigation of multiversal warfare were just a few of the changes to the MCU that the What If…? series featured.

T'challa

Chadwick Boseman as T’challa In MCU’s “What If”

Chadwick Made His Debut In MCU in Civil War

After making his MCU debut in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, Boseman went on to star in 2018’s Black Panther as the title character. He finished his duties on the series before his passing in 2020, and his participation in What If…? was his last MCU engagement.

He appeared in Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame as well. Now, admirers of the wonderful artist may rejoice, as Boseman’s performance in Marvel’s What If…? has claimed an Emmy award posthumously, making his family, friends, and the entire MCU very happy.

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Chadwick Boseman Scene From Civil War

Bloomberg reports that Chadwick Boseman has received an Emmy Award posthumously as the Creative Arts Emmy presentation begins. The late artist won the prize for his voice works as T’Challa in Disney Plus What If…? animated miniseries. Boseman’s passing a few years ago from colon cancer made his participation in the Disney+ series his last in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Boseman Was Pitted Against Jessica Walter

It was heartbreaking to see Boseman compete for acclaim in the category of Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance opposite the legendary actress Jessica Walter, who is widely celebrated for her voice-over work in Archer, the latter was also nominated posthumously after her passing in March of 2021.

For others, it was also an intriguing one since it pitted the departed Black Panther superstar opposite two other Marvel Cinematic Universe actors: F. Murray Abraham, for his role as Khonshu in the last Disney Plus series Moon Knight, as well as Jeffrey Wright, for his role as Oatu, The Watcher, in What If…?

Jessica Walter

Jessica Walter

There have been two posthumous performers competing for the prize, so Boseman’s success should come as a relief to his supporters. Some posthumous honor victories are explained away as the honors board feeling sympathetic toward the candidate.

Chadwick’s death came as a sudden shock and MCU is still picking itself up. Many were brought to tears by the debut Black Panther: Wakanda Forever teaser revealed at this 2022’s San Diego Comic-Con, and their trust in the movie’s potential to commemorate Boseman’s legacy was renewed, despite reports of Wright’s supposed anti-vaxx sentiments from behind the scenes.

The original film received Oscar nominations for production design, costumes, as well as original soundtrack, becoming the first superhero film to do so.

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