Chadwick Boseman’s role as Black Panther has delighted children and adults the world over.
Boseman played T’Challa, a superhero and leader of Wakanda, in the movie Black Panther – which was hailed as a cultural step to have a predominantly black cast.
The character was seen as an inspiration to black youth in particular – as Black Panther was Marvel’s first leading black superhero, and Wakanda was a strong country with the most advanced technology in the world.
As tributes pour in for Boseman, who died of cancer at the age of 43, many remember the impact his character had on them and their families.
Children – and teachers – even adopted the “Wakanda handshake” after the film’s release.
The film featured strong female characters including T’Challa’s sister Shuri, inventor and scientific director of Wakanda.
And it wasn’t just the kids who were inspired – the film came at a time when awareness of the importance of diversity and on-screen representation was growing – and cosplayers and adult fans alike were. also keen to celebrate the character style of Black Panther.