On Friday, the social media accounts of actor Chadwick Boseman announced the news of his passing. Boseman was 43 and had been battling colon cancer, which had progressed from stage three to four, since 2016. He had kept his diagnosis private despite holding multiple leading roles in the years following. His final film appearance will be in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning August Wilson play, in which he'll play Levee.
Throughout his career, Boseman had assumed the roles of iconic Black figures of history, including Jackie Robinson ("42") and Thurgood Marshall ("Marshall"). But perhaps his most prolific role was that of King T'Challa in Marvel's "Black Panther." Though the role had been previously introduced and reprised in other MCU films ("Captain America: Civil War," "Avengers: Infinity War" and "Avengers: Endgame"), "Black Panther" was special. An Oscar winner for Best Original Score, Best Costume Design and Best Production Design, the film represented the Black experience in a way that wasn't about the Black experience -- it was simply a visually stunning, entertaining film predominantly made up of Black actors.
The world has been mourning the loss of Boseman, with the actor's friends, co-stars and fans posting thoughts and memories of their time with him.
And late last night, the official Disney+ Twitter account posted one of the most moving tributes yet. Compiling past interviews with other MCU actors, behind-the-scenes clips and striking scenes from "Black Panther," Disney (which bought Marvel in 2009) honored their fallen king.
The world won't soon forget Chadwick Boseman.