Hollywood is still in mourning following the tragic death of Black Panther and 42 star, Chadwick Boseman. In tribute to the actor, ABC recently aired a Robin Roberts-hosted 20/20 special titled Chadwick Boseman: A Tribute for a King, and it is now available to stream in its entirety via Disney+ listed under the Black Panther special features.
"Celebrate and honor Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman's life, legacy, and career, and the cultural imprint he made on and off-screen. Hosted by Robin Roberts, this special features tributes from celebrities, political figures, and fans across the world, special words from those who starred alongside him and knew Boseman best, and shines a light on the medical condition he privately battled."
The special runs for 42 minutes and includes features and insights from several of Boseman's co-stars, with each of them discussing working with the late actor and how he has impacted their lives. These include many of Boseman's MCU colleagues, including an emotional interview with actor Forest Whitaker with whom Chadwick Boseman starred in Black Panther.
Chadwick Boseman passed away on August 28 at the age of 43. The hugely talented actor had been secretly battling colon cancer for the last four years and passed away surrounded by his wife and family. Boseman battled the disease in secret, not even letting Marvel or Disney know of his situation. The actor hoped he would recover, even preparing himself to star in the Black Panther sequel, but sadly this was not meant to be.
His passing has struck a huge blow to the entertainment industry, with several of the actor's MCU co-stars taking to social media to share how much Boseman meant to them. Iron Man star and MCU frontman, Robert Downey Jr., heaped praise on the late actor saying, "Toward the end of the third Avengers, Infinity War, we all kind of lose together. And I remember it was one of those few days when all of the Avengers were together, and it was just the way he walked on set, and the immense success that had occurred, and rightfully so, with Black Panther. And he was just in this kind of stratus of his own, but always, always humble, always hardworking, always a smile on his face. And now, looking back, all the more, I realize just what an incredibly graceful human being he was."
Boseman's Black Panther co-star and onscreen sister, Letitia Wright, posted a deeply emotional tribute to Boseman saying, "I thought we had more time and many more years to come for more laughter and more moments of me picking on you on set, leaning my head on your shoulders in the throne room as Ryan gave us notes and thought this would be forever. This hurts. I'm trusting God to heal old wounds. It is also written that all things are made new, there is light in the darkness. Streams of living water flow, giving new life.
And all that's left now is for us to allow all the seeds that you have planted on the earth to grow, to blossom, to become even more beautiful. You're forever in my heart."
There has also been talk of erecting a statue to honor Chadwick Boseman in his hometown of Anderson, South Carolina, with a petition having collected over 60,000 signatures. Chadwick Boseman: A Tribute for a King is available now on Disney+. This comes to us from Disney's official Twitter account.