Chadwick Boseman’s Marvel co-stars honor his legacy

Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER..T'Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman)..Photo: Matt Kennedy..©Marvel Studios 2018
Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER..T'Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman)..Photo: Matt Kennedy..©Marvel Studios 2018 /

Following the news of Chadwick Boseman’s death, his Avengers co-stars paid tribute to him, sharing the impact he had on their lives.

The news that Chadwick Boseman passed away Friday night after years of fighting colon cancer sent shock waves through Hollywood, with Twitter exploding with posts mourning the actor and honoring his legacy both onscreen and off. Some of the most heart-wrenching messages came from his Marvel co-stars, who expressed what an impact Boseman had on them during their time working together.

Don Cheadle, who plays James Rhodes/War Machine in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, posted a photo of them together on Twitter, writing, “I will miss you, birthday brother. You were always light and love to me.”

Cheadle wasn’t the only one to suggest that Boseman was a source of light and positivity either. Captain Marvel star Brie Larson expressed gratitude for getting to know Boseman for much the same reason. Larson posted a photo of the two of them alongside a message that read:

"“Chadwick was someone who radiated power and peace. Who stood for so much more than himself. Who took the time to really see how you were doing and gave words of encouragement when you felt unsure. I’m honored to have the memories I have. The conversations, the laughter. My heart is with you and your family. You will be missed and never forgotten. Rest in power and peace my friend.”"

Captain America actor Chris Evans echoed Cheadle and Larson’s sentiment, describing Boseman as “a deeply committed and constantly curious artist.” In his own message on Twitter, he expressed how heartbroken he was to hear of the loss of his friend and co-star. “He had so much amazing work still left to create,” Evans said.

Mark Ruffalo described Boseman’s death as another devastating tragedy to come from 2020, referring to the actor as “one of the all time greats.” Like Evans, he emphasized that Boseman’s career was still just beginning,

Even Simu Liu, who’s never worked with Boseman, expressed thanks for the actor’s impact on Twitter — and disappointment that he’ll never meet his fellow Avenger. Liu, who has signed on to play Shang-Chi in the MCU, wrote, “I want to be crystal clear: without Chadwick, and what he gave to his character, there is no Shang Chi. Period. My career rides on the coattails of a great man.” That may be one of the highest praises Boseman has received since the news broke.

If one thing is clear from all the tributes shared by Boseman’s fellow Marvel stars, it’s this: He was an inspiration who improved every life he touched. He won’t be forgotten anytime soon, either — the rest of the Avengers team will make sure of it.