Chadwick Boseman has been remembered on what would have been his 44th birthday.
Marvel have changed the opening credits for Black Panther on Disney+ to honour the late actor on Nov 29. Chadwick, who played Black Panther/T'Challa, passed away earlier this year after a secret battle with colon cancer.
Bob Iger, Walt Disney Company's executive chairman, wrote on Twitter: "To all fans of #BlackPanther: 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. (sic)"
The updated Marvel Studios logos introduction keeps the classic Marvel page-turning opening but instead of the usual mosaic of MCU movies , it features concept art and images from Black Panther, Captain Amercia: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame. The clip also contains T'challa's quotes, including his UN Assembly address: "In times of crisis, the wise build bridges while the foolish build barriers."
And many stars rushed to social media to pay tribute to Chadwick.
Common wrote: "Chadwick Boseman would have turned 44 years old today. Happy Birthday King. God Bless You. Thank you for using your gift to bring light to this world. RIP."
Whilst Mark Ruffalo shared a video of Chadwick receiving a cake on the set of a previous movie, captioning the video: "Thinking of your passion, love, and your light today, @ChadwickBoseman. Happy Birthday. Wishing we could time travel back to this moment."
Chadwick's brother, Kevin, kept his tribute low-key by simply sharing a lovely photo of flowers. "Today is a good day to give someone their flowers," he wrote.
Jennifer Garner remembered Chadwick with a video clip from a Vanity Fair shoot, along with a broken-hearted emoji.
Elsewhere, Howard University, where Chadwick studied directing and graduated with a BFA, remembered him as well. "Gone but not forgotten! Rest in Power," the university tweeted.
Chadwick died on August 28 after a secret health battle.
A statement released by his family at the time said: "It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman. Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV. A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side. It was the honour of his career to bring King T'Challa to life in Black Panther. The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time."— BANG
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