In the wake of Chadwick Boseman's tragic death last week, Marvel Studios has shared a moving tribute to the Black Panther star, full of behind-the-scenes footage of him on set, with co-stars and directors speaking to their experiences with him.
Marvel shared the video on Sunday, two days after the actor passed away at the age of 43 after a private battle with colon cancer. "You will always be our King," the company captioned its video on Twitter. At the time of writing, the video had over 9 million views on Twitter and over 2 million on YouTube.
On Sunday, Ryan Coogler, who directed Boseman in Black Panther, shared a moving statement about the actor, writing about how Boseman's performance in an earlier Marvel film, Captain America: Civil War, made him want to direct the standalone Black Panther movie.
"I noticed then that Chad was an anomaly," he wrote about meeting Boseman for the first time. "He was calm. Assured. Constantly studying. But also kind, comforting, had the warmest laugh in the world, and eyes that seen much beyond his years, but could still sparkle like a child seeing something for the first time."
"Chad deeply valued his privacy, and I wasn’t privy to the details of his illness," Coogler added. "After his family released their statement, I realized that he was living with his illness the entire time I knew him. Because he was a caretaker, a leader, and a man of faith, dignity and pride, he shielded his collaborators from his suffering. He lived a beautiful life. And he made great art. Day after day, year after year. That was who he was. He was an epic firework display. I will tell stories about being there for some of the brilliant sparks till the end of my days. What an incredible mark he’s left for us."
In the wake of his passing, fans remembered the actor, who starred in films like 42, Da 5 Bloods, and Get On Up, as a real-life superhero who championed representation onscreen and spent his time visiting children who were fighting cancer even as he privately battled the illness.
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