Marvel Boss Kevin Feige on Chadwick Boseman’s Final Performance in the MCU — ‘In Hindsight, It’s Very Moving’

Marvel boss Kevin Feige has revealed that Chadwick Boseman “recorded numerous episodes” of the new Marvel animated series What If…? before his tragic death in August.

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During a recent interview, Feige reflected on Boseman’s final performance. He noted that “in hindsight, it’s very moving.”

Netflix just released Chadwick Boseman’s final on-screen performance

When Boseman passed away in August at the age of 43, fans were stunned to find out that the Black Panther star had secretly been battling stage IV colon cancer for four years. Boseman was delivering memorable performances and starring in some of the biggest movies in the world while secretly fighting for his life.

As fans around the world continue to mourn the loss, Netflix has released Boseman’s final on-screen performance. In Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Boseman plays confident trumpet player Levee. He co-stars alongside Viola Davis, who plays the titular character.

As Screen Rant notes, Boseman’s performance is already generating buzz heading into awards season. His co-star Domingo revealed in a promotional clip that Boseman learned how to play the trumpet for his role in the film.

“I think everyone was like, ‘Oh, that’s what you’re doing, Chad? Okay, now I’m gonna learn too,'” Domingo said. “‘I love that [he’s] like, ‘Yeah, I’m gonna challenge you. We’re gonna challenge each other.'”

Marvel’s ‘What If…???’ imagines T’Challa as Star-Lord

When Boseman passed away, Marvel had already confirmed that his voice would be heard again in the MCU. The animated series will feature an episode that imagines what if Yondu had taken T’Challa as a child instead of Peter Quill.

Fans knew about that one upcoming episode. But, they didn’t know they had others to look forward to until Feige revealed the news during a recent interview. The Marvel boss discussed the upcoming WandaVision series on Disney+ and then he brought up other projects that were in the works. That’s when he mentioned Boseman’s performances in What If…?.

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Feige revealed that Boseman “came in about four times and recorded numerous episodes.” He didn’t reveal what stories those episodes would tell. But, the Marvel boss did note that “in hindsight, it’s very moving.” He also noted that the stories told in the new animated series “were all sorts of stories we couldn’t explore through live-action.”

New episodes of Marvel’s ‘What If…?’ featuring Chadwick Boseman might be airing well into 2022

Marvel’s What If…? will give fans a few more chances to hear Boseman as T’Challa in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And according to CBR, new episodes that feature the late actor might be airing well into 2022.

Currently, the series is on track to premiere in the summer of 2021, and season 1 will feature 10 episodes. In late 2019, Feige mentioned that they were already working on season 2. This means there’s a chance that Boseman’s “numerous episodes” could appear in both seasons.

So far, we do know that Marvel’s What If…? will feature Jeffrey Wright, the Watcher, narrating each episode. The series will also explore various timelines of the MCU.

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The trailer teased stories like Doctor Strange fighting a corrupt doppelgänger and Peggy Carter receiving the super-soldier serum instead of Steve Rogers.

In addition to Boseman, other stars of the MCU will be reprising their roles. They include Hayley Atwell as Captain Peggy Carter, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, and many more.

Season 1 of Marvel’s What If…? is expected to premiere on Disney+ in the summer of 2021. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is now streaming on Netflix.