Actor Chadwick Boseman died in of colon cancer in August (Picture: Getty)
Marvel has paid tribute to Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman on what would have been his 44th birthday.
On November 29, Disney boss Bob Iger told fans to watch Black Panther on Disney Plus for ‘a special tribute to someone that was and will always be near and dear to our hearts’.
Usually each Marvel film begins with a comic-book style animation followed by a highlight reel of its many big screen superheroes, including Iron Man and Captain America.
In front of the Ryan Coogler-directed film on Sunday, viewers were shown concept art from the Black Panther comics while the film highlights were of Boseman both as T’Challa and behind-the-scenes.
After the star makes the ‘Wakanda forever’ gesture, it ends with the Marvel Studios logo against a purple background instead of the usual red.
The intro was also shared from Marvel’s Twitter account with the caption ‘Long live the king’.
The highly anticipated Black Panther sequel is set to begin shooting in July 2021 having been understandably pushed back from March 2021 after the star’s death.
Marvel has not yet commented on how they plan to proceed without Boseman, but executive producer Victoria Alonso did confirm that the actor would not be inserted into the movie with CGI.
Marvel Studios previously altered the animation ahead of Captain Marvel to pay tribute to comics co-founder Stan Lee after his death in 2018.
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