The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture will exhibit the Black Panther suit worn by the late Chadwick Boseman in the spring of 2023.
“On March 24, 2023, our museum will debut a major, thought-provoking exhibition, ‘Afrofuturism: A History of Black Futures.’ One of the highlights of this new exhibition will be the #BlackPanther hero costume worn by the late Chadwick Boseman, pictured here. #NMAAHCFutures,” the museum tweeted Wednesday.
The temporary exhibit will be 4,300 square feet and will tell stories of “the enslaved looking to the cosmos for freedom to popular sci-fi stories inspiring Black astronauts, to the musical influence of Sun Ra, OutKast, P-Funk.”
Two years after the Black Panther movie’s release, Boseman died of colon cancer, which came as a surprise to many, as the actor had opted to keep his diagnosis private. He was only 43 years old.
The museum’s announcement came days before the Friday premiere of the movie’s sequel, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
In a recent interview, President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige discussed why Boseman’s character was not recast.
“It just felt like it was much too soon to recast,” he said. “Stan Lee always said that Marvel represents the world outside your window. And we had talked about how, as extraordinary and fantastical as our characters and stories are, there’s a relatable and human element to everything we do. The world is still processing the loss of Chad. And Ryan poured that into the story.”
The museum also acquired a shooting script signed by the film’s director, Feige, and others, as well as two pages of the speculative screenplay and 24 high-resolution production photographs.