Chadwick Boseman Receives Posthumous Emmy Nomination for What If…?

It’s been nearly two years since Chadwick Boseman passed away, but the actor is still being honored for his incredible career. The 2022 Emmy nominations have been released, and they include a recognition for Boseman in the Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance category. Boseman is being nominated for his final role, voicing T’Challa in the 2021 Marvel Studios animated series What If…?. Four out of the nine episodes in the first season of What If…? featured Boseman, but the nomination is specifically for episode two, “What If…T’Challa Became a Star-Lord?”. In it, Yondu and the Ravagers accidentally kidnap T’Challa instead of Peter Quill, leading the prince of Wakanda to take the mantle of Star-Lord. The episode closes with the statement, “Dedicated to our friend, our inspiration, and our hero Chadwick Boseman.”

What If…? marks the second posthumous nomination Boseman has received since his death in August 2020. The actor’s final live-action performance in 2020’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom earned a Best Actor nod at the 93rd Academy Awards in 2021. The Oscar ultimately went to Anthony Hopkins for The Father, who paid tribute to Boseman on social media following the ceremony. The Emmy nomination for What If…? is the first of Boseman’s career, and is one of three Marvel recognitions in the Outstanding Voice-Over category. Jeffrey Wright is also nominated for What If…? for playing The Watcher, and F. Murray Abraham picked up a nomination for his role as Khonshu in Moon Knight. Other nominees include Julie Andrews for Bridgerton, Maya Rudolph for Big Mouth, Stanley Tucci for Central Park, and Jessica Walter posthumously for Archer.

Boseman’s nomination for What If…? is further proof of the actor’s undeniable impact on the entertainment industry. Between performances in such films as 42, Get on Up, and Black Panther, Boseman left a lasting impact on audiences around the world before his untimely passing. Whether playing iconic figures like Jackie Robinson and Thurgood Marshall, or the regal king of Wakanda T’Challa, the talent and on-screen presence of Boseman was undeniable, which even came through in his animated role in What If…?. Thanks to Disney+ and other streaming services that host Boseman’s films, his work has been immortalized for audiences to enjoy for years to come.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Will Also Honor the Legacy of Chadwick Boseman

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The Emmys aren’t the only way that Boseman will be honored this year, as November’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever promises to pay tribute to the actor’s legacy. Kevin Feige announced in December 2020 that Marvel would not be recasting the role of T’Challa, but would still be continuing on with the Black Panther story. Wakanda Forever star Letitia Wright recently said the team behind the film poured everything into it and committed themselves to the story that Boseman started with Black Panther. It hasn’t been revealed how the film itself will deal with Boseman’s passing, but it will surely be emotional to see how Black Panther carries on without T’Challa. Boseman’s final performance in What If…? is now streaming on Disney+.