Chadwick Boseman’s Death Mourned by Marvel Family, DC, Hollywood | IGN

The death of actor Chadwick Boseman from cancer has shocked not just the film industry but the entire world. Boseman was a man and an artist in the prime of his life and career, the star of one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most significant films and biggest creative and commercial successes … and now he’s gone.

Those who worked with Boseman, including the community of the MCU, have been sharing their condolences and thoughts on his death on social media.

Marvel Studios saluted Boseman, promising: “Your legacy will live on forever.”

Marvel Studios President and Chief Creative Officer Kevin Feige, who produced Black Panther, issued the following statement to IGN via Disney:

“Chadwick’s passing is absolutely devastating. He was our T’Challa, our Black Panther, and our dear friend. Each time he stepped on set, he radiated charisma and joy, and each time he appeared on screen, he created something truly indelible. He embodied a lot of amazing people in his work, and nobody was better at bringing great men to life. He was as smart and kind and powerful and strong as any person he portrayed. Now he takes his place alongside them as an icon for the ages. The Marvel Studios family deeply mourns his loss, and we are grieving tonight with his family.”

Marvel Studios co-president Louis D’Esposito and Walt Disney Company Executive Chairman each tweeted:

Joe and Anthony Russo, who introduced Boseman as Black Panther to the world in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and later directed him in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, posted this statement to social media:

Tributes have also come in from Black Panther’s Angela Bassett (who played T’Challa’s mother Ramonda) and Sterling K. Brown (who played N’Jobu), Iron Man’s Robert Downey Jr., Captain America’s Chris Evans, Hulk’s Mark Ruffalo, Thor’s Chris Hemsworth, Spider-Man’s Tom Holland, War Machine’s Don Cheadle, Captain Marvel’s Brie Larson, Nick Fury’s Samuel L. Jackson, Shang-Chi star Simu Liu, Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson, future Captain Marvel 2 director Nia DaCosta, Deadpool’s Ryan Reynolds, future Blade star Mahershala Ali, Guardians of the Galaxy’s Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana, Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi, The Winter Soldier’s Frank Grillo, Daredevil and Luke Cage’s Rosario Dawson, Guardians director James Gunn, Bucky Barnes’ Sebastian Stan, Spider-Man stars Tom Holland and Zendaya, and Oscar winner Viola Davis, who starred with Boseman in the 2014 James Brown biopic Get on Up:

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“It was meant to be for Chadwick and me to be connected, for us to be family. But what many don’t know is our story began long before his historic turn as Black Panther. During the premiere party for Black Panther, Chadwick reminded me of something. He whispered that when I received my honorary degree from Howard University, his alma mater, he was the student assigned to escort me that day. And here we were, years later as friends and colleagues, enjoying the most glorious night ever! We’d spent weeks prepping, working, sitting next to each other every morning in makeup chairs, preparing for the day together as mother and son. I am honored that we enjoyed that full circle experience. This young man’s dedication was awe-inspiring, his smile contagious, his talent unreal. So I pay tribute to a beautiful spirit, a consummate artist, a soulful brother…”thou aren’t not dead but flown afar…”. All you possessed, Chadwick, you freely gave. Rest now, sweet prince.” #WakandaForever

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Gonna miss you mate. Absolutely heartbreaking. One of the kindest most genuine people I’ve met. Sending love and support to all the family xo RIP @chadwickboseman

A post shared by Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth) on Aug 28, 2020 at 8:40pm PDT

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Chadwick, you were even more of a hero off screen than on. A role model not only to me on set, but to millions of others around the world. You brought joy and happiness to so many and I’m proud to have been able to call you a friend. RIP Chadwick

A post shared by Tom Holland (@tomholland2013) on Aug 28, 2020 at 10:20pm PDT

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Peace King… Thank you for your extraordinary work, your exemplary character and leadership. Love you Brother.

A post shared by Mahershala Ali (@mahershalaali) on Aug 28, 2020 at 8:25pm PDT

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Rest In Peace brother. A wonderful human being taken too soon. Thank you for the legacy you leave behind. #chadwickboseman #king

A post shared by Frank Grillo (@frankgrillo1) on Aug 28, 2020 at 9:28pm PDT

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Today is beyond devastating to comprehend. Just shock and pain…I was in awe of Chadwick, as an actor, in his commitment to the work and as a human. I looked up to him. The way he carried himself, how thoughtful and mindful he was, how generous…he elevated everyone around him. None of it makes sense to me. There was so much more coming from this man. It’s such a loss. Such a shame.

A post shared by Sebastian Stan (@imsebastianstan) on Aug 29, 2020 at 7:12am PDT

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Chadwick, you were even more of a hero off screen than on. A role model not only to me on set, but to millions of others around the world. You brought joy and happiness to so many and I’m proud to have been able to call you a friend. RIP Chadwick

A post shared by Tom Holland (@tomholland2013) on Aug 28, 2020 at 10:20pm PDT

Boseman’s Avengers co-star Scarlett Johansson released the following statement on his passing: “Chadwick was not only a deeply soulful and powerful actor, but he was such a kind, thoughtful, funny and gentle person. He brightened every ones [sic] day every time he walked into our hair and makeup trailer or on set with his beautiful smile.”

Actor Josh Gad, who co-starred with Boseman in the film Marshall, posted this teary-eyed tribute to his late friend:

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Marvel’s rival DC Comics also paid tribute to the fallen king, as did Aquaman actor Jason Momoa:

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all my aloha and condolences to his ohana. i’m truly gutted. what a wonderful spirit. i’m so sorry RIP REPOST FROM : @chadwickboseman 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. ⁣ ⁣ It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther. ⁣ ⁣ He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side. ⁣ ⁣ The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time. ⁣ ⁣ Photo Credit: @samjonespictures

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Former US President Barack Obama for using his gifts and power to inspire African-American children and give them someone to look up to:

Dwayne Johnson, Oprah Winfrey, Jamie Foxx, Get Out director Jordan Peele, director Ava DuVernay, actor LaKeith Stanfield, pop star Mariah Carey, Marvel Comics writer and filmmaker Greg Pak, and Moonlight director Barry Jenkins also weighed in with tributes to Boseman:

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Please Jesus please… I know you know what’s best… but at this moment our hearts are writhing with so much pain… so to lose this beautiful black king renders me weak…please watch over his family and loved ones…. @chadwickboseman you have touched the lives of all of us… u will forever be remembered in the highest regard… REST IN POWER! our black king! Our black panther! /a>

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I don’t like to run to posting but you were always so solid and kind when we crossed paths. I wanna hold you up. Love to your family. Rest In Peace brother.

A post shared by LaKeith Htiekal Stanfield (@lakeithstanfield3) on Aug 28, 2020 at 7:26pm PDT

Netflix, which released Boseman’s most recent movie, Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods, paid this tribute to him:

Warner Bros. and Major League Baseball also saluted Chadwick Boseman, who played the legendary Jackie Robinson in the movie 42:

Huffington Post writer Matt Jacobs shared this snippet from an interview he did with Chadwick Boseman, where he asked about the physical demands of playing Black Panther. Jacobs had no idea Boseman was suffering from cancer the entire time, and Boseman’s response is heartbreaking:

We will be updating this article as more tributes come in.

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