What If Season One and Episode Two, spoilers are included in this article.
Chadwick Boseman received many accolades for his breakout role as James Brown in Get On Up and as the culturally relevant Black Panther. But the actors' final two live-action appearances, as an inspiring leader of a Vietnam platoon in Spike Lees Da 5 Bloods and as an electric jazz musician in Ma Raineys Black Bottom, won an Academy Award, a British Film Academy Award, and other top awards.
What If TChalla Was Star-Lord is a sequel to the Marvel Disney+ series What If? featuring familiar characters such as Nebula, Kraglin, and Kree warrior Thanos.
Boseman's abilities are on full display, while the episode retains the playful humor typical of a Guardians of the Galaxy story, including cameo appearances by Howard the Duck and the Collector (and Korath actor Djimon Hounsou), who also shows his kindness and confidence in the role. As Star-Lord leads the Ravagers on a cosmic expedition against Thanos' former henchmen, the Black Order.
The Emmy award for Boseman's work only underscores the significance of his legacy. In one video from the trailer, TChalla's face appears on a wall, but his presence is felt throughout, both in her sorrow drenching vocal accompaniment in Bob Marley's No Woman, No Cry, and in the supporting voices from the previous film.
As director Ryan Coogler and MCU head Kevin Feige have chosen not to remake TChalla, the plot underscores a lesson that we all learned a little too late: Chadwick Boseman was an irreplaceable genius. This latest Emmy award, although merited, serves as a reminder.