Marvel Studios has updated its intro on Disney+ in honour of late Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman's birthday.
The actor, who played T'Challa in MCU outings such as Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame in addition to the superhero's standalone film, died from colon cancer on August 28, 2020. He would have turned 44 years old today (November 29).
The new intro was shared by Geeks of Color on Twitter:
Disney has updated the Marvel Studios intro for 'Black Panther' on Disney Plus in remembrance of the late Chadwick Boseman. Happy birthday, King. pic.twitter.com/2A9sJXLONy
— Geeks of Color #BlackLivesMatter (@GeeksOfColor) November 29, 2020
Marvel's opening titles for the MCU typically showcase some of its biggest characters, from Cap and Iron Man to Doctor Strange, the Hulk and Black Widow. This new version however, solely features footage of Boseman, both on and off-screen.
"First Marvel did their Marvel Studios intro in honour and remembrance of Stan Lee and now for Chadwick Boseman," one fan wrote on Twitter, reacting to the new intro. "I believe that is true honour and respect for those who are no longer with us."
Since the news of his tragic passing was shared by his family on his official social media account earlier this year, some Marvel fans have wondered what the future of the Black Panther series – which is already beloved by so many – will look like.
It didn't take long for the studio to confirm that it would not use a "digital double", explaining that "there's only one Chadwick and he's not with us".
It's also been reported that filming on the original film's eagerly-anticipated sequel would begin in July 2021, and that Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke and Angela Bassett are all likely to return.
It has been heavily speculated that Wright's Shuri, T'Challa's tech-savvy younger sister, will have a more prominent role going forward.
Black Panther is available to stream now on Disney+.
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