This past November 29 would have been Chadwick Boseman’s 44th birthday. The man who brought King T’Challa of Wakanda to life in four different Marvel Studios films tragically died after a four-year battle with cancer on August 28. But on the day of his birth, the folks at Disney found a way to honor their king.
Via Variety, we’ve learned that Disney+ has redesigned the Marvel logo intro to Black Panther to honor Boseman. The new intro features footage of the actor portraying the character, as well as several candid behind-the-scenes moments. You can check out the newly redesigned introduction here:
The announcement came from Disney executive Bob Iger, who tweeted out the news. He said, “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.”
Along with Iger’s tweet, Marvel Studios’ CEO Kevin Feige also chimed in on social media. He tweeted out one simple but heartfelt message: the words “miss you.”
Along with images from the films in the special intro, there are also quotes, including one from an iconic moment in Captain America: Civil War. It’s from the scene when the young prince addresses the United Nations Assembly, saying, “In times of crisis, the wise build bridges while the foolish build barriers.” We couldn’t think of anything more timely to include.
The future of Black Panther as a film franchise is cloudy right now. We know that production for Black Panther II is scheduled to begin next summer, so we imagine news of who will wear the mantle is forthcoming. A lot of people think it will be T’Challa’s sister Shuri, played by Letitia Wright. Some think that the part of T’Challa will simply be recast, perhaps with a totally different T’Challa, from somewhere in the Multiverse. But one thing is for sure. The man who first brought T’Challa to life onscreen, Chadwick Boseman, will never be forgotten.
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