A Week Before He Died, Chadwick Boseman Still Thought He’d Beat Cancer And Film ‘Black Panther 2’

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Following the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman last Friday, it instantly became clear that the only thing greater than his prodigious acting talent was his immense spirit.

Whether it be the sheer bravery he exuded in the face of cancer or tributes from friends and colleagues (such as Spike Lee, Black Panther director Ryan Coogler, and co-star Michael B. Jordan), it’s clear that Boseman was an extraordinary human being in his own right, equally as iconic as the characters he brought to life on the big screen.

In fact, Boseman’s spirit was so indomitable that even a week before his heartbreaking death, the 43-year-old Marvel Cinematic Universe star believed that he would beat cancer and would be able to get back into shape for the production of Black Panther 2 next month. Truly remarkable levels of hope and faith in the face of death.

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A source close to Boseman tells The Hollywood Reporter that the 43-year-old actor, who had become noticeably thin in recent months, was convinced until about a week before his death that he was going to beat cancer and would be able to gain the weight back for a Black Panther sequel that was scheduled to go into production in March. The actor was even set to prepare for the new film beginning in September. [via The Hollywoood Reporter]

While it’s now clear that this is sort of sheer force-of-nature simply who Boseman was, it doesn’t make his levels of hope and faith in the face of death any less remarkable. If it wasn’t already clear, Chadwick Boseman was, simply put, as heroic as the iconic and historic Marvel superhero he brought to life.

Rest in greatest power, Chadwick, we’ll all miss you. Wakanda Forever.