Avengers directors Joe and Anthony and Russo have remembered Chadwick Boseman’s ‘tremendous talent’ following the Marvel star’s death.
Boseman, best known for playing King T’Challa in the MCU, died on Friday aged 43 after a private four-year battle with colon cancer.
In the wake of the tragic news, the Russo Brothers – who directed Boseman in Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame – tweeted: ‘Chadwick was such an elegant man with great integrity and tremendous talent. He inspired an entire generation to stand up and be king.
‘Honour him by emulating him – show kindness and love to others. Share your talents in ways that impact. Always strive to be a light in the darkness.’
They shared pictures of them working with Chadwick on set of Avengers, and also told People that the actor’s death was ‘hard to process’.
The brothers, who also produced 21 Bridges, starring Boseman, added: ‘He understood something unique and noble about life, and was determined to use his talents in ways that impacted. He had so much to give.’
The stars of the MCU have been left devastated by the shocking passing of Boseman, and lead the tributes when the news broke.
Angela Bassett, who played T’Challa’s mother in Black Panther, wrote on Instagram: ‘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.’
Sterling K Brown, who played N’Jobu, tweeted: ‘I don’t have words. Rest In Peace, Bruh. Thank you for all you did while you were here. Thank you for being a friend. You are loved. You will be missed.’
Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L Jackson, Tom Holland, Brie Larson, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Karen Gillan were among those who also expressed their heartbreak on social media.
Boseman filmed Black Panther, Infinity War and Endgame – plus films including Marshall, 21 Bridges, Da 5 Bloods and the upcoming Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – while undergoing chemotherapy and multiple surgeries.
He had been expected to reprise the role of T’Challa in Black Panther 2, slated for 2022.
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