Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther) has won a posthumous Emmy award for Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance for his work in Marvel’s What If…?, as noted by ComicBook.com. The win was revealed at the 74th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Saturday.
Boseman voiced an animated version of his character from Black Panther, T’Challa in the series. F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus) and Jeffery Wright (Westworld) were also nominated for the award for their work in Marvel’s Moon Knight. Abraham played Johnshu and Wright played Uatu The Watcher in the show. Other actors nominated for the award included Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins) for Bridgerton, Maya Rudolph (Grown Ups) for Big Mouth, Stanley Tucci (Supernova) for Central Park, and the late Jessica Walter (Arrested Development) for Archer.
In a 2021 interview with Variety, Marvel head Kevin Feige (Avengers: Endgame) discussed Boseman’s final performance as T’Challa in What If…?.
“We didn’t know it would be his final performance obviously,” Feige said. “He came in numerous times, was so gung ho about it, was so excited about it…He read the episode that airs 24 hours from now and then came back and said ‘I really love this version of T’Challa.’ And we had a conversation after that with Ryan about ‘How do we get some of this voice,’ none of the storyline, but just some of that voice into Panther 2. Now of course it’s remarkably sad and bittersweet, but I’m very happy we have it and I’m very happy he did it for us. I’m excited for the fans to see that as well.”
Boseman passed away in 2020 of colorectal cancer. He appeared in multiple Marvel films as well as films such as 42, Draft Day, Get On Up, Gods Of Egypt, Marshall, 21 Bridges, Da 5 Bloods, and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, which earned him a posthumous Academy Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role. He also appeared in TV shows such as Lincoln Heights, Persons Unknown, and Castle.