Disney Creates Powerful Tribute In Honour Of Chadwick Boseman's 44th Birthday

Ata Owaji Victor
·2-min read
Photo credit: Gareth Cattermole - Getty Images
Photo credit: Gareth Cattermole - Getty Images


The Walt Disney Company Co. has redesigned the Marvel Logo's introduction to Black Panther on Disney Plus in honour of what would have been Chadwick Boseman’s 44th birthday.

Boseman, who will next be seen posthumously in an upcoming August Wilson adaptation Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom on Netflix, died on August 28 following a four-year battle with colon cancer.

The actor never discussed his diagnosis public and his passing came as a huge shock both for fans and Hollywood. His passing was met with unilateral praise for the actors bravery and unwavering humility.

Photo credit: Gareth Cattermole - Getty Images
Photo credit: Gareth Cattermole - Getty Images

In memory of his life, and as a commemoration of his notable role as T’Challa/Black Panther, Disney executive Bob Iger announced the tribute on Twitter.

He wrote, 'To all fans of Black Panther, watch the film on DisneyPlus late tonight, for a special tribute to someone that was and will always be near and dear to our hearts.'

The tribute shows footage from Boseman’s appearances in 'Captain America: Civil War,' 'Avengers: Infinity War' and 'Avengers: Endgame.'

Photo credit: Handout - Getty Images
Photo credit: Handout - Getty Images

In addition to the new images of Boseman, there are also additional quotes given by the actor in his role as T’Challa - including the famous line from when his character addresses the UN Assembly: 'In times of crisis, the wise build bridges while the foolish build barriers.'

The tribute serves as well deserved reminder of Boseman’s legacy in the Marvel Universe, but also touches on the actor memorable moments behind-the-scenes. The end of the new introduction shows Boseman delivering the 'Wakanda Forever' salute. The introduction is set to remain on the opening credits on Disney Plus, but there is yet to be any announcements about whether it will also feature in the upcoming Black Panther sequel.

In addition to the Disney tribute, thousands of fans commemorated Boseman on his birthday, as did his Black Panther co-stars.

Michael B. Jordan shared a black and white image of himself embracing Boseman, captioning the moving picture: 'Continue watching over us king. Happy birthday. Miss you.'

Lupita Nyong'o was another who contributed, sharing a picture of herself with Boseman, calling her friend 'deeply loved' and 'sorely missed'.

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