Marvel Shares Black Panther BTS Chadwick Boseman Tribute Video
On Aug. 28, Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman passed away at the age of 43. Many personalities from the cinematic industry shared their personal tributes to the fellow actor who lost his battle with colon cancer. Marvel joined the chorus of voices and released a touching behind-the-scenes video compilation from Black Panther’s movie appearances, shortly after ABC aired the movie free of commercials last night.
The video underlines some of Boseman’s characteristics through the voices of his fellow actors and colleagues. Black Panther producer Nate Moore explains that it was Boseman’s performance as Jackie Robinson in 42 that earned the South Carolina-born actor his role as T’Challa, the prince of Wakanda. President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige added that the actor perfectly fit with the MCU.
You can watch the full video in the player below.
Other actors weighed on the late actor, including Letitia Wright, Michael B. Jordan, Robert Downey Jr., Lupita Nyong’o, and many more.
“A lot of the things about the character are also true about Chad,” Ryan Coogler added. “He’s very knowledgeable, he’s an athlete, you know, a martial artist. He’s had a lot of experience playing roles that come with a lot of weight, you know? So I think he as a person, he as a guy, has a lot of weight to him. He brings all that stuff to the role. Not to mention that he’s incredibly gifted as an actor and as a performer, and also as a storyteller in his own right.”
But perhaps the loudest voice is still Boseman’s, as the actor reflects on the importance of his job as a symbol of hope.
“It’s fun to watch what it means for people,” he said. “At times, like in my head, I’ll be like, well, what does this do for the world? Like, is it valuable in the current climate? And I have to say yes, it actually is, not because it makes some people escape. I think when done right, it gives people hope.”
And it gives people hope indeed. Wakanda Forever.