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Chadwick Boseman, the actor who played Black Panther in the Marvel movies has died. He died of cancer, which he had been suffering from since 2016. The news has shocked people around the world because the general public did not know that he had cancer. Only his friends and family knew. People are shocked because he was only 43 and he hadn’t been famous for very long. He had a bright future ahead of him.

Chadwick Boseman was most famous for playing King T’Challa in the Black Panther and Avengers movies. He filmed Black Panther and the other Avengers movies while he had cancer. He is also famous for playing many important people. He first became famous for playing the baseball player Jackie Robinson in the movie “42”. He also played the famous singer James Brown and the first black US Supreme Court justice, Thurgood Marshall.

Black Panther is what he will be best remembered for. He was the first black superhero to have their own movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Black Panther is one of the most successful MCU movies and was even nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. People around the world have been sharing messages of sympathy on social media. Captain America actor Chris Evans said on Twitter, “I’m absolutely devastated. This is beyond heartbreaking. Chadwick was special…I’m endlessly grateful for our friendship. Rest in power, King”

Difficult Words

Suffering (v): To be in pain or be hurting.

General (adj): Including most things, not specifically

Nominate (v): To choose someone or something for a prize.

Sympathy (n): To feel sad for another person’s problem.

Devastated (adj): To be so sad by shock or grief.

Activities

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American English Audio:

Match the Synonym!

 1. Suffering A. Choose
 2. General B. Feel bad for.
 3. Nominate C. In pain.
 4. Sympathy D. Sad
 5. Devastated E. Include most.

True or False?

1. Chadwick Boseman acted in Marvel movies. T / F

2.  Boseman had only just gotten cancer in 2020. T / F

3. Most people throughout the world knew he would die of cancer soon. T / F

4.   Black Panther was the first black superhero in the MCU. T / F

5.  Black Panther was not nominated for an Oscar. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. the / has / The / around / people / shocked / news / world

2. his / Only / friends / family / and / knew

3. is also / He / many / for / famous / important people / playing

4. black / the / He / was / superhero / first

5. heartbreaking / This / is / beyond

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

American English Audio:

ImportantCourtBright
Heartbreaking SinceSuccessful

Chadwick Boseman, the actor who played Black Panther in the Marvel movies has died. He died of cancer, which he had been suffering from (1)________ 2016. The news has shocked people around the world because the general public did not know that he had cancer. Only his friends and family knew. People are shocked because he was only 43 and he hadn’t been famous for very long. He had a (2)_________ future ahead of him.

Chadwick Boseman was most famous for playing King T’Challa in the Black Panther and Avengers movies. He filmed Black Panther and the other Avengers movies while he had cancer. He is also famous for playing many (3)____________ people. He first became famous for playing the baseball player Jackie Robinson in the movie “42”. He also played the famous singer James Brown and the first black US Supreme (4)_______ justice, Thurgood Marshall.

Black Panther is what he will be best remembered for. He was the first black superhero to have their own movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Black Panther is one of the most (5)____________ MCU movies and was even nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. People around the world have been sharing messages of sympathy on social media. Captain America actor Chris Evans said on Twitter, “I’m absolutely devastated. This is beyond (6)______________. Chadwick was special…I’m endlessly grateful for our friendship. Rest in power, King”

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What do you think of this story?
4. Have you watched any of Chadwick Boseman’s movies?
5. Do you have a favourite Chadwick Boseman movie?
6. What’s the most shocking celebrity death you remember?
7. Did Black Panther have a big impact in your country?
8. Should Marvel recast Black Panther?
9. If they shouldn’t recast Black Panther, what should they do?
10. How do you think this will affect the Avengers movies?
11. Is it important for superheroes to be diverse?
12. Should parents tell their children that Chadwick Boseman died?
13. Do you think Chadwick Boseman’s death will have a big impact on children?
14. Are people regularly tested for colon cancer in your country?
15. Should people continue working if they get cancer?
16. Do you think it is better to keep a cancer diagnosis secret?
17. Do you have a favourite superhero?
18. Are there too many superhero movies these days?
19. Black Panther was nominated for Best Picture but didn’t win. Do you think a superhero movie could win Best Picture?
20. Who is your favourite actor?