Chadwick Boseman Makes MCU Awards History With 2022 Win

By Lauren Rouse Updated:
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There’s no doubt the Marvel Cinematic Universe has had a massive cultural impact, but it’s still yet to be fully recognised at Hollywood’s biggest awards shows. Since the launch of Disney+, Marvel Studios’ luck has been changing with a huge number of nominations for its series in both the technical and performance categories at the Emmy Awards.

WandaVision earned the MCU its first Emmy awards at the ceremony in 2021 for Outstanding Production Design and its iconic song “Agatha All Along.” However, while actors like Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany were both nominated, Marvel Studios is yet to see a win for its stars in a major acting category. 

Now, the 2022 Emmy Awards are rolling around for another year and there is plenty of Marvel series in contention once again.

Chadwick Boseman Wins Emmy For What If...?

Marvel Studios has taken home its first win at the 2022 Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles today, Saturday, September 3. 

The late Chadwick Boseman was awarded the Emmy for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for his role as Star-Lord T'Challa in What If...?. The Black Panther actor starred in four episodes of the animated series.

This makes history for the MCU as Boseman is the first star to win in an acting category for a Marvel role at a major awards ceremony.

An Emmy Award Fit For A King

Boseman’s posthumous win for What If…? Episode 2, titled "What If… T’Challa Became a Star-Lord," is a worthy tribute to the actor’s performance that recognises the impact the actor had on both the MCU and the world. The actor tragically passed away from cancer in 2020, but it's things like this that keep his legacy alive.

The Black Panther star was up against fellow What If…? star Jeffrey Wright in the Oustanding Character Voice-Over category as well as Moon Knight’s F. Murray Abraham. While the competition in the category was tough, it’s fitting that the award went to Boseman as this is the actor’s last opportunity to be recognised for such a prize.

Marvel Studios still has a shot at more awards gold at the Emmys with its Disney+ series Loki receiving six nominations and Moon Knight also representing the MCU in several technical categories. 

While many actors who have starred in Marvel projects are up for Emmy awards, the MCU did not receive any other nominations in the acting categories this year, so Boseman's win is truly significant for the studio.

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- About The Author: Lauren Rouse
Lauren Rouse has been a writer at The Direct since the site launched in 2020. She has a huge passion for everything pop culture and currently writes news articles for the Marvel, Star Wars, DC and video game branches.