The Walt Disney Co. paid tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman on Sunday, adding a new intro sequence to the opening credits of “Black Panther” on what would have been the actor’s 44th birthday.
The roughly 30-second addition, which aired on Disney+ and was shared by Marvel Studios on social media, features a highlight montage of Boseman’s iconic role as Wakanda’s King T’Challa, known to the world as Black Panther, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Boseman died Aug. 28, following a private, four-year battle with colon cancer.
The credits tweaks also included shading the Marvel logo in all purple, and the studio behind the global phenomenon tweeted, “Long live the King. #WakandaForever”
Disney chairman Bob Iger teased the homage on Saturday.
Marvel, meanwhile, penned its own tribute to the actor.
“The loss of the late Boseman and the legacy he leaves behind, especially for the Black and African American communities, is immeasurable. Throughout his career, Boseman highlighted the history and power of Black legends, such as Jackie Robinson, James Brown and Thurgood Marshall on screen and brought their voices and aspirations into hearts and homes everywhere,” the studio wrote, adding, “The embodiment of compassion, dignity, grace and excellence, Boseman’s courage and talent on- and off- the screen demonstrated that anyone could be a Super Hero.”
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