By Taiwo Okanlawon
Marvel Studios has released a special tribute in honour of Chadwick Boseman, who played the role of King T’Challa in Black Panther with ABC special presentation of the film.
Hosted by Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts, the special tribute highlights Boseman’s groundbreaking impact on the Marvel Cinematic Universe that became a global cultural phenomenon, inspiring millions of fans around the globe.
The tribute shows Chadwick Boseman’s journey and it was an emotional one that pulled at fans’ heartstrings, along with an accompanying segment, A Tribute for a King.
“In African cultures we often refer to loved ones that have passed on as ancestors. Sometimes you are genetically related. Sometimes you are not,” Ryan Coogler’s statement on Marvel Studios’ website reads.
“I had the privilege of directing scenes of Chad’s character, T’Challa, communicating with the ancestors of Wakanda. We were in Atlanta, in an abandoned warehouse, with bluescreens, and massive movie lights, but Chad’s performance made it feel real. I think it was because from the time that I met him, the ancestors spoke through him.
“It’s no secret to me now how he was able to skillfully portray some of our most notable ones. I had no doubt that he would live on and continue to bless us with more. But it is with a heavy heart and a sense of deep gratitude to have ever been in his presence, that I have to reckon with the fact that Chad is an ancestor now. And I know that he will watch over us, until we meet again,” he said.
In the video, Kevin Feige, Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett, Ryan Coogler, Michael B Jordan, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson among others talk about Chadwick Boseman.
Towards the end of the video, we get to hear Boseman sharing his experience of playing the character and how extraordinary it was for him to be part of a film that meant so much to so many people.
“I kept asking myself, is it valuable in this climate… I think it is.. it gives people hope,” says Boseman in the video.
“You will always be our King,” the caption reads.
Aside 2018’s Black Panther, Boseman also appeared in Marvel Studio’s Captain America: Civil War, Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War, and Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame.
In addition to that, he portrayed a bevy of influential historical figures, including Jackie Robinson in 42 (2013), James Brown in Get On Up (2014), and as Thurgood Marshall in Marshall (2017).