Black Panther is more than just the next installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it is a global cultural phenomenon. This is the movie people of color around the world have been waiting for and it did not disappoint. Chadwick Boseman who plays the hero Black Panther spoke about two children with terminal illnesses that were trying to hold onto life long enough so they could see the film.
Boseman spoke about how humbling it was for the film to impact so many people, and how much perspective he gained from these two children that wanted to see the film so badly. Here are some of Boseman’s thoughts.
“Throughout our filming, I was communicating with them, knowing they were both terminal. What they and their parents said to me was, they were trying to hold on till this movie comes,” Boseman said. “To a certain degree it’s a humbling experience because you’re like, this can’t mean that much to them. But seeing how the world has taken this on, I realize they anticipated something great. Thinking back now to when I was a kid, waiting for Christmas to come, waiting for my birthday to come, waiting for a toy I was going to get a chance to experience, or a video game, I did live life waiting for those moments. It put me back in the mind of being a kid and feeling those two boys’ anticipation of this movie. When I found out that they…”
Unfortunately, the two kids Ian and Taylor passed from Cancer before the film debuted. Flip the page to see the video of Boseman speaking about the impact of those two children.