On 29th November 2020, Disney+ announced that the original Marvel opening sequence will be altered in remembrance of the late actor Chadwick Boseman’s birthday. On his 44th birthday, a new montage will be added to the classic “flipbook” sequence of the Marvel opening credits.
Disney+’s Chadwick Boseman’s birthday tribute
Disney Executive Chairman Bob Iger posted the change on Twitter first. The tweet was captioned, “a special tribute to someone that was and always will be near and dear to our hearts”. Marvel Studios also tweeted the montage and captioned it “Long live the King.” in honor of Chadwick Boseman’s birthday.
This Chadwick Boseman tribute is entirely based upon his role in the MCU movies like Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. In the end, the Marvel Studios logo was also turned purple in honor of the color of the actor’s costume.
The logo hasn’t been changed since 2016 but for the late actor, this tribute is a grand gesture from the Marvel and Disney+ Studios. These credits are added to his first and last film as a superhero 2018’s Black Panther. Boseman attained stardom by the role of King T’Challa of the kingdom of Wakanda in the MCU.
The actor died on August 28, 2020, after a four-year battle with colon cancer at his home in Los Angeles, California. Apart from Black Panther, he played iconic roles of baseball star Jackie Robinson in 2013’s 42, and musician James Brown in 2014’s Get on Up.
Friends remember Chadwick Boseman on his birthday
The Hulk, Mark Ruffalo also remembered the late actor on his birthday and posted a video of the cast on the sets of Marvel Studios celebrating and singing the birthday song for Chadwick Boseman’s birthday. He captioned the post, “Thinking of your passion, love, and your light today, @ChadwickBoseman. Happy Birthday. Wishing we could time travel back to this moment.”
The Black Panther co-star Michael B Jordan also gave a tribute by posting a black and white picture of him hugging the actor from the back and wrote, “Continue watching over us King. Happy Birthday . Miss you” on Chadwick Boseman’s birthday.
Lupita Nyongo ‘o who played the character of “Nakia” T’Challa’s love interest in Black Panther also gave a moving tribute to the actor. She also took it to her Instagram to post a picture of both of them and captioned it, “Deeply loved, sorely missed. #ChadwickBoseman“
On Chadwick Boseman’s birthday his alma mater, Howard University also honored him on Twitter. The actor had delivered the keynote address at the HBCU’s commencement ceremony in 2018. They shared two pictures of the actor one at the ceremony and one of his movies and captioned them by writing, “Gone but not forgotten! Rest in Power”.