Chadwick Boseman officially wins a posthumous Emmy for Marvel’s What If, his last performance as T’Challa before his death in 2020.
Just over two years after his death, Chadwick Boseman has won a posthumous Emmy Award for his Marvel’s What If…? performance. The animated Disney+ series acted as an adaptation of the Marvel Comics of the same name, which explored alternate realities from those known by readers, in which major heroes saw different people don their monikers and a variety of new threats come onto the world, including a zombie outbreak. The What If…? show brought a number of twists to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including said apocalypse, Peggy Carter becoming the first supersoldier and Ultron creating a multiversal war.
Boseman scored widespread acclaim for his time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which began with 2016’s Captain America: Civil War before leading his own solo Black Panther movie. He would carry on his role though appearances in Avengers: Infinity War, Endgame and What If…?, the latter of which served as his final MCU performance as he completed his work on the show prior to his 2020 death. His turn in Marvel’s What If…? would score Boseman a posthumous Emmy nomination, much to the delight of his family, and now fans of the late actor are getting a positive update on this front.
As the Creative Arts Emmy ceremony gets underway (via Deadline), it’s been announced that Chadwick Boseman has won a posthumous Emmy. The late actor was awarded the trophy for his performance as T’Challa in Marvel’s What If…? animated series. The Disney+ show marked Boseman’s final appearance in the MCU after his death in 2020 from colon cancer.
This year’s Emmys race for Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance proved to be a bittersweet one as Boseman went up against Archer‘s Jessica Walter, whose nomination was also posthumous following her death in March 2021. It also proved to be an interesting one for some, given the late Black Panther star went up against two fellow MCU actors with F. Murray Abraham for his turn as Khonshu in Moon Knight and Jeffrey Wright as What If…?‘s Oatu, The Watcher. While some posthumous awards wins are chalked up to being the awards committees looking towards the nominee with sympathy, the fact there were two late actors in contention for the trophy, it should prove a soothing confirmation for Boseman fans to see him earn one final major award.
Two years later and the death of Chadwick Boseman still weighs heavily on Hollywood, with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever memorably undergoing a longer development cycle as writer/director Ryan Coogler took his time to find a new path forward without his leading man for the MCU sequel. While behind-the-scenes stories about Letitia Wright’s alleged anti-vaxx beliefs has put a damper on some audiences’ anticipation for the film, the first Black Panther: Wakanda Forever trailer shown at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con still left many in tears at its honoring of Boseman’s legacy and restored faith in how the film will pay tribute to the late actor. While audiences await Black Panther: Wakanda Forever‘s November 11 release, they can revisit Chadwick Boseman’s now-Emmy-winning final performance as T’Challa with What If…? streaming on Disney+.