After Chadwick Boseman, who played T’Challa on Black Panther, died in 2020, Marvel honored the late actor with a logo sequence featuring clips of him. Now, Marvel honors Boseman again including the logo in the new movie, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, but in a slightly different way.
Marvel initially debuted the tribute logo on Boseman’s birthday in 2020 and later added it to Black Panther on Disney+. In Wakanda Forever, which opened this weekend, the logo makes its full debut before the film begins, but without the music.
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) November 29, 2020
Without the usual triumphant fanfare that greets most MCU movies, the logo works as a kind of minute of silence for Boseman. It sets the mood for an introspective blockbuster that doubles as a full-length tribute to the late actor.
It appears to have had the desired effects. Fans have pointed out that the appearance of the logo in Wakanda Forever has caused a “stunning silence” On cinemas:
This is exactly how my screening of Wakanda Forever went as well. The stunned silence during the Marvel logo was unlike any theater experience I’ve had. https://t.co/ePXzDNTYkI
— Brandon Palma (@palmabrandon) November 11, 2022
“You could hear a pin drop on my projection while that was playing,” said IGN staff writer Alex Stedman. “A very nice moment of silence for him.”
— BLURAYANGEL ? (@blurayangel) November 11, 2022
One viewer even felt that the logo was enough to bring tears to their eyes.
WAKANDA FOREVER: never cried at the Marvel Studios logo before.
— devincf (@devincf) November 11, 2022
Boseman died at the age of 43 after a four-year battle with colon cancer. Although he was best known for his role in Black Panther, which became the first superhero film to earn a best picture nomination, he also took on numerous other leading roles, including Jackie Robinson in 42 and Thurgood Marshall in Marshall. .
Here you can read our review of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and here everything we have learned about Namor and the mutants in the film.