In the latest eulogy, Marvel Studios honored Boseman with a video highlighting his work and dedication toward the role of Black Panther. In the nearly five minute tribute posted on Instagram, viewers can watch behind-the-scenes footage of his work in the Marvel Cinematics Universe as well as commentary from cast and crew who had the opportunity to work with him.
“It was Chadwick Boseman’s performance in 42 that really made us take a second look,” producer Nate Moore said in the video. “There’s such an honor and dignity to the way that he played Jackie Robinson that we knew we needed for the character of T’Challa.”
Producer Kevin Feige described him as an “amazing actor who we thought would fit perfectly with the MCU.”
Black Panther costar Lupita N’yongo is also seen in the video, explaining why she thought Boseman was perfect for the role of T’Challa. “What doesn’t Chadwick bring to the character? I mean he’s regal and grounded and he brings a gravatas to it,” she said. “So, all of this feeds T’Challa, and I think he wore the crown with dignity.”
Scarlett Johannsson, who worked with the actor in Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Endgame, Avengers: Infinity War and Spiderman: Homecoming, added Boseman was “a soulful,” “professional,” and “present” actor who raised the stakes for all those on set.
The video ends with footage of Boseman as he reflected on the impact the film Black Panther had the world following its release. “It’s fun to watch just what it means to people,” he said. “At times, in my head, I would be like, ‘Well what does this do for the world? Is it actually valuable in this climate?’ I have to say, yes it actually is — not because it makes people escape. I think, when done right, it gives people hope. I’ve found that it means a lot.”
Boseman was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, which gradually progressed over the years to stage IV. He “died in his home, with his wife and family by his side,” according to the official statement on his Instagram account.